I have been checking on storage shed kits at Home Depot. Tuff Sheds run up
to $3000 for the shed and that includes delivery and construction and
painting. A kit containing most of what you need except the roofing felt
and shingles and a few other parts runs in the neighborhood of $1300. This
is for an 8' X 12' shed with kind of a barn shape for more room in the top
Does anyone know if, in general it would be a lot cheaper to buy a plan and
do all the lumber and hardware purchase from standard sizes than to use one
of these shed kits?
Anybody else's experience with this sort of thing would be appreciated.
Check your local papers and flyers and greensheets.
Those guys that build a shed for less than a thousand bucks,
generally do a really good job. I've seen their work up close and am
always amazed at how well the sheds are constructed.
It's almost always cheaper to build it from scratch, and if you got
some spare or used lumber laying around it might be cheaper yet.
Unless you want something real fancy, you dont need plans. Just nail
2x4 studs to a top and bottom 2x4 plate. Space them 24 inches on
center. Plywood is 4x8 foot sheets. If you keep the walls even 4
foot increments, nail the sheets to the wall frames. Make 4 of them,
be sure to put a door on at least one or you wont be able to get
inside (that would suck). Add a window if you want. The roof can be
a little trickier, but not all that tough on a small shed. Just space
all timbers 24 inches apart on everything. You floor is built the
same way, unless you want a concrete floor. However, you might want
to space the floor joists 16 inches on center, and use at least a 2x6.
Use treated lumber for the floor and probably treated plywood too.
Get a book on basic construction. Its really not that tough to make a
First make the floor or pour the concrete if you use that.
Build the walls on the ground and stand them up onto the floor, and
nail them down (temporary bracing helps). Once all walls are in
place, you should be pretty good at building, and the roof will become
Hope this helps.
By the way, I like this site...... This guy builds everything from
free pallets.... I have done things similar....
the wood pallet fellow has got a big problem, his pallet floor will rot
fast, as anyone who left a pallet in a wet area will know
most pallets are low grade wood thats not rot or bug resistant. I guess
its ok as long as he doesnt mind rebuilding every few years:(
plastic shed way easier
If they contact the ground, you are right, but not if they are on
blocks or something. I have built with pallets and some wood is poor,
other is good, but no wood should ever directly contact the ground
unless it's treated. Actually, if I was to build that same pallet
shed, I'd make the floor from treated lumber or pour a concrete slab.
Then the rest of the shed would be from pallets and painted like he
did on the website.
Plastic shed..... YECHHHHHH.
Besides ugly, hope the wind dont get it, and either way, the sun will
degrade the plastic in a few years and it will be replacement time.
sheds arent permanent structures, and many dont match the home anyway.
my home is brick my shed T 11:(
Nop way I could afford a brick shed.
with lumber prices today the 800 buck sams shed will be a bargain and
put up in just a day saving lots of work.........
Purchased for $1200 delivered and tied down. 8' X 12', 4' door. 5/8" T-111,
pressure treated 2X6 floor joists & 4X6 skids, 3/4" treated plywood floor.
2X4 studs, 16" O/C. 20 year asphalt shingles & ridge vent. I added the
gable end window, and later the front work area, wiring and plumbing. All
told, about $1600 invested. Click on the small pics, then click on 'all
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