If you are in the market for a shed, one of the first questions you’ll probably ask yourself – Is it cheaper to build or buy a shed? Should price be the primary factor? If not price then what other factors should you consider when building or buying your new shed?
The build-your-own shed seems to be a more popular option, considering the lower cost of materials and labor. When you build your own shed, you have total control over all design elements. You can build it as large or as small as you need and put it anywhere on your property. You can even build just half of your new shed and build the other half when funds become available.
In our current economy, building a tool shed or workshop is becoming popular for many people because of the lower cost of materials and labor. The build-your-own sheds are often smaller, on the average less than 10×12 feet. They are also frequently used as workshops or storage sheds on residential properties. Many people build their own sheds with an eye toward a future garage or storage shed, rather than for any immediate need. In this case, typically the only limit to size is how much money you are willing to spend.
This site will allow you to make an informed decision on whether building or buying a shed is cheaper. It will also let you know what types of materials are needed to build the shed, which tools to use and where to build it.
Before any work can be done on the shed you must first choose a design that suits your needs. One of the best ways to do this is by looking at other people’s sheds in their own backyards or in places like garden centers and DIY stores. If you are creating a new one for your existing collection then you must also consider the space requirements of each shed.
If you are building multiple sheds or large ones then it is advisable that you build them with straight walls, otherwise they will cost more to build. You can build the walls out of plywood, cement board or similar materials supported by wooden beams. These wooden beams must be secured with screws and can go either on the inside or outside of the shed walls depending on your design.
The build a roof using a plywood sheet which you then cover up with more wood that is supported by rafters. You can build these rafters out of 2x4s or similar materials and must be cut to the same length. The most popular roofing materials are galvanized steel, asphalt shingles and wood shakes.
The floor of your shed will need to be supported by sturdy wooden beams that are, like the walls, secured with screws. You can build the floor out of plywood or simply build it level with the ground.
Now that you have a design and build plan, you can now determine whether it is cheaper to build or buy a shed. At the end of this article there are also some extra tips on do-it-yourself projects for those who wish to build their own shed rather than hiring somebody else to do it.
Building a shed is cheaper than buying one if you build it using 2x4s and plywood. Wooden sheds aren’t as expensive to build as you may think, but replacing them in the event of a storm or other weather-related damage can be pricey. If your only reason for building a shed is because you feel like adding on to your current collection then it is usually cheaper to build one rather than buy one.
Creating a shed that suits your needs will keep costs down regardless of whether you build or buy one. If you are only looking for a basic storage unit then there are plenty of small ones on the market for between $400 and $2000, depending on size and build materials. Small sheds can be built using a variety of build materials from wood to metal, and usually take only a few days to build. Larger or higher end sheds that require more build time and materials can cost anywhere from $3000 for a basic unit up to $30 000 for the top-of-the-line models.
If you build a shed from scratch then your planning, materials and build time will vary depending on the size of the shed. It is recommended that you work out your costs before starting to build by calculating how much money you have to spend on all of the build materials as well as accessories such as doors and windows.