This step by step diy project is about 16×24 gambrel shed roof plans. This is PART 2 of the large shed project, where I show you how to build the gambrel roof for this shed. The roof is sturdy and it will drain the water properly. Moreover, you could even make a loft to the shed, for extra storage room. Make sure you read the local codes so you can comply with the legal requirements. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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16×24 Gambrel Shed Roof Plans
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- H – 4 pieces of T1-11 siding – 48″x76 1/4″ long, 4 pieces – 48″x96″ long SIDING
- I – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 73 1/2″ long, 1 piece of 2×6 lumber – 192″ long 13xTRUSSES
- J – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 53″ long, 4 pieces – 73″ long, 4 pieces – 83″ long, 2 pieces – 92 1/4″ long SUPPORTS
- K – 12 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long, 8 pieces – 25 1/2″x96″ long, 8 pieces – 25 1/2″x48″ long ROOF
- M – 8 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 74″ long OVERHANGS
- 13 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 16′
- 56 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 8 pieces of T1-11 siding – 4’x8′
- 24 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 1/2″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws, 1 5/8″ screws
- 4d nails, 16d nails
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
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Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level
Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander
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- PART 1: 16×24 Gable Shed Plans
- PART 2: 16×24 Gable Shed Plans
- PART 3: Double Shed Doors Plans
How to build a 16×24 gambrel shed roof
The first step of the project is build the trusses for the gambrel shed. Use 2×4 lumber for the trusses and the 2×6 lumber for the bottom rafters. Make angle cuts to both ends of the rafters, as shown in the diagram.
Use 1/2″ plywood for the trusses and then fit them over the joints. Make cuts to the plywood with a saw and then lay them over the joints. Insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock the gussets to the rafters.
Fit the trusses to the top of the shed, every 24″ on center. Use a spirit level to plumb the trusses and then secure them into place with rafter ties or screws.
Build the supports for the gambrel end from 2×4 lumber. Cut the supports at the right dimensions and then drill pocket holes at both ends of the supports. Insert 2 1/2″ screws to secure the supports into place tightly.
Use T1-11 siding for the gambrel end panels. Use a saw to make the cuts and then secure them into place with 6-8d nails. Leave no gaps between the sheets for a professional result.
Use 3/4″ plywood for the roof sheets. Cut all the panels at the right size, as shown in the diagram and then lay them to the top of the roof. Align the edges with attention, drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock them into place, every 8″ along the rafters. Leave no gaps between the sheets for a professional result.
Use 2×6 lumber for the front and back roof trims. Make angle cuts to both ends of the trims and then secure them into place with 2 1/2″ screws.
Cover the roof of the shed with roofing felt, making sure the strips overlap at least 2″. Secure the tar paper to the plywood sheets with roofing staples. In addition, cut a large piece for the top ridge. Fit the side drip edges over the roofing felt, while the bottom drip edges should be fit under.
Read the instructions labeled on the asphalt shingle packs before installing them into place tightly. Start with the bottom left side of the roof and install them all the way to the top.
Don’t forget to take a look over PART 1 and PART 3 to learn how to build the frame for the shed, as well as how to frame the double front doors. If you are looking for a different design, make sure you take a look over all my shed plans HERE.
This woodworking project was about 16×24 gambrel roof shed plans free. If you want to see more outdoor plans, check out the rest of our step by step projects and follow the instructions to obtain a professional result.
Need plans for stairs to upper level
From my under standing the . The center of the roof has a 8 foot span that’s at least 6 foot in height. Am I reading this correctly???
Regarding the 16’ span gambrel truss- is the 2×6 rafter required to counteract the outward force on the walls? I really only want a 10’ loft and leave the rest clear to the bottom of the roof. Is this possible?
I wouldn’t do that. You need to bottom rafters to keep the trusses together. You can make an opening to create a loft, but removing lots of bottom rafters seems not structurally safe. Read the local codes or talk to a local engineer, for other modifications.
Agree with Ron. I’d also like to see plans with stairs to the upper level. Perhaps against the back wall running width-wise
Thanks for the plans Ovidiu! They are great. I see some of the other comments request a plan for a staircase. That does seem like a great idea. However, do you happen to know how structurally sound the ceiling joists would be with the 16′ span shown here? If I were to say modify this design to allow for finishing the loft with a floor, it would likely need some load bearing beams holding the center of the loft up to reduce the span of the joists, correct? I know this is beyond the scope of the plans, but I just wanted to check with you since the plans are so thorough other than for “finishing” the lofted area. Thanks again!!
You can use 2x12s with no middle support. If you want to stick to 2x6s, then you would indeed need support to the middle (double 2x8s with supports every 12′ or double 2x6s with supports every 8′). I also recommend you to check the local codes as well.