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151 days ago

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It’s not feasible for me to build a workshop. I do my woodworking in an older one-car garage—not tiny, but not a great deal of space. My thought is to erect a shed about 10×10 and to get everything not ww related into the shed, giving me a bit more space in the garage.

I have three options:
1) have someone construct a shed on my property. I may have to go this route (I may be having back surgery), but I’d rather not.
2) buy a kit from HD or Lowes. There seems to be different experiences with these kits, but for $1000 I can get what I want (plus flooring, paint, and shingles in some cases).
3) Get a plan and build it myself. I would probably get a better shed, but it doesn’t look like I’d save and $’s from #2, but I don’t really need the world’s greatest shed for this purpose.

I’d love your wisdom on this.

BTW, I also have looked into buying a used shed and having it moved, but moving one is expensive, and folks have a hard time believing that I don’t want to pay the same as a new shed when one adds up the shed and the moving costs.

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#1 posted 151 days ago

I’m watching this thread because I have somewhat the same situation.

-- Dan P.

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#2 posted 151 days ago

I ended up buying a kit (smaller and plastic yuck) but the price was hard to beat and all I wanted to do was get the lawn mower, shovels, etc.. out of the shop. It went up quick, even with the help of a 5 year old, and was loaded up in yard stuff in no time. Will it last… I figure long enough and at the time was more about getting my shop back as quick as possible.

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#3 posted 151 days ago

Charles I was in situation a few years ago,bought a HD ready made plastic 9”x9” shed,it was the best thing I could have done for under a $1000,my only regret was,I should have used Flagstone/cement slabs as the foundation but all I did was to flatten the soil under it and installed the shed on the ground .
If you go this route,make sure the ground is flat,put more yard stones than the footprint of the shed(12” at least,all around),then you’ll see how easily the parts for the plastic shed fits in to each other.

-- Ken from Ontario

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#4 posted 151 days ago

I hadn’t looked into the resin sheds, but now that you two have recommended them, I am looking at this one:

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#5 posted 151 days ago

I flattened/compacted a bed of sand/gravel first then laid 16×16 pavers I had left over from previous project. I guess I should have said resin. I did make sure that the shed had molded areas to slide pine shelving into (and secured with a few screws) as some only had hangers and additional hardware you had to have.

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#6 posted 151 days ago

I made my own plans and built one. I wanted it to fit the character of the gentrifying neighborhood. The steep roof pitch both help it match the vintage homes around it and allowed for a loft space for extra storage.

I built the floor system out of salvaged decking from a deck I replaced. The old deck railing 4×4 posts turned into the roof support brackets. The windows were also salvaged. The beaded board for the doors was leftover from another project.

Check Craigslist for building materials.


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#7 posted 151 days ago

I bought a wood shed kit when I lived in London. It went together easy and it was dry as a bone. Then I bought a place in Wales. I undid the screws, stacked the panels in the back of the moving van, rebuilt the shed in Wales and it’s still easy, dry and not unattractive. I like kit sheds.

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#8 posted 151 days ago

Basswood, that’s a beaut. It’s clear that you like what you ended up with better than a kit. Was it cheaper or just better?

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#9 posted 151 days ago

A shed sounds like a great idea to get stuff out of your workspace. If I had a shed it would probably turn into a lumber kiln!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#10 posted 151 days ago

I don’t know where you live but around here there are several custom build shed company’s. My son in law just bought a 10×12 shed and he paid less for it delivered and setup then it would have cost us to buy all the required materials and make all the trips to pick everything up. You may want to check and see what’s available in your area.

-- Earl

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#11 posted 151 days ago

By largely using salvaged materials, I saved money and the result was something that looked older than it was, which I wanted.

I paid for wall studs, roof rafters, T1-11 siding (saves money on sheathing), loft floor framing, osb roof sheathing and roofing, some hardware and stain.

Probably about $1K, similar to a kit but with extra loft space and some character. Also kept some stuff out of the landfill.


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#12 posted 151 days ago

My shed is a kit 3 bay hip roof carport 9m x 6m, the slab is 9m x 9m. I filled in the walls with 2nd hand factory roof lights, timber and tin. It looks like it’s been there forever.

-- Bill....... I listen very closely to the timber and then impose my will.

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#13 posted 151 days ago

I have a contractor friend that was asked to build a kit shed from HD or Lowe’s. He took the job with the understanding that he always culled and sent back any lumber that he didn’t want in his structures. They agreed. He told me that he had more in the shed with his needing better lumber and their original purchase than he could have just bought and built it for. From that I would have to say go out and pick your lumber and build your shed unless you really don’t care what goes into the shed.

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#14 posted 151 days ago

I built an 8×12 shed with 10’ ceilings for about $500.

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#15 posted 151 days ago

Sounds impressive. How did you manage that?

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