12×16 Shed Roof Timber Frame Plan

12x16 Shed Roof Front

Take a look at this 12×16 shed roof timber frame design! With only two bents supporting the plates, this is a simple frame to cut and raise. The overhangs are a generous two feet, adding extra protection from rain and sun. The upper plate is over 12 feet high, creating a nice volume for whatever use you choose for this sweet structure!

You could leave the top and sides open for a backyard pergola, cover just the roof for an airy pavilion, or enclose the sides to create a workshop, gardening shed, or writer’s retreat. The ceiling volume will make it feel larger than its dimensions.

The drawings include renderings so that you can visualize the completed frame. There is a timber schedule to make your lumber purchase easier. Then there are plan, elevation, and sectional drawings, along with all the piece and joinery details you will need to build this timber frame. The plan set is formatted in instantly-downloadable PDF for 8 ½” x 11’ paper so that it can be run off from any home printer or local copy shop.

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  1. Wind / hurricane / tornado
  2. Seismic / earthquake
  3. Heavy snow
  4. Flood potential
  5. Soil instability
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22 thoughts on “12×16 Shed Roof Timber Frame Plan”

  1. Joshua P Edwards

    I’m interested in applying this design as a camping shelter in NE Washington. In addition to the plan itself offered here, what other books/instruction might a motivated beginning timberframer need to complete this project? I’m specifically wondering about tying the frame to a foundation in an area that will see frozen ground with temps in the single digits in winter.

  2. Richard Rogers

    i am confused on the orientation for the dimensions. As one stands in front of the highest opening (top plate over 12′ high), is it 12 feet wide or 16 feet wide? Usually, it seems your stated dimensions are depth by width, as in the 14 by 30 foot shed plan. But this one seems to be reversed with the 12 being the depth and the 16 being the width. Could you kindly set me straight! thanks.

  3. Matthew Stevens

    This frame is 16′ wide, looking at the high end of the shed roof and 12′ deep in the direction that the rafters are running. The dimensions are from outside of post to outside of the post. Let us know if you are looking for something different.

  4. Ramiro Cotarelo

    I’m interested in this frame. It’s for a covered backyard patio with a 12′ x 20′ footprint. Would be covered in steel roofing so not bearing any weight other than snow. I require some minor adjustments to height, 102″ in the front and 120″ against the house/rear. Is it possible to reconfigure to extend the plates to 20′? They really don’t have to be since this is only a footprint and can take advantage placing the posts 16′-18′ apart and extending the plate to get the added width.
    Many thanks!

  5. joshua chilton

    What size of post is it? I’m looking for 6×6 posts because 8×8 post bases don’t exist here in mexico.

  6. Juan Carlos virgili

    Intento solicitaros una variación de:
    Plano de marco de madera para techo de cobertizo de 12 × 16
    el sistema o me deja poner mis datos ya que estoy en España.
    Cómo debo gestionarlo para poder pediros una ampliación a 7′ x 20′

  7. Hi!
    I would like to convert this plan to a 11×18 format, with the inclined roof on the longest side.
    Do you offer services to adapt the plan?

  8. Katrina Williams

    We do take on custom projects and would like to talk to you further about yours. Check out our page, HERE, describing what we offer and the process of our custom design services. 

    Fill out the design questionnaire so we can understand your needs. That’s the best way to communicate with our team and get an estimate for design services.

    As soon as we get your information and give it a quick review we’ll contact you. Please allow a couple of days for our designers to respond.  

  9. Caroline Mannaerts

    How many board feet are in this project, and where do I find the current cost of board feet for pine?

  10. Katrina Williams

    That plan requires 1250.7 board feet. As far as pricing for the timbers, that is very location-dependent.

  11. Caroline Mannaerts

    Okay, thank you. Of the total board feet, how many are used in the posts?

    I’m trying to figure out the most cost effective way to make the wood touching the ground be rot resistant wood. If you have any tips on this, it would be much appreciated!

  12. Katrina Williams

    There are 48 board feet in the posts. We never recommend wood to touch the ground. We recommend some sort of concrete base with these spacers.

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