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Build or buy shed?

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by JML50, Apr 11, 2010.

  1. JML50

    JML50 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I am running out of room in my garage and can almost no longer park both vehicles in it and was thinking of building or buying a shed. All i need is something about 6'x6' for lawn equip. and misc. things. Anyone ever built one themselves or for something this small would it be easier to buy one? I have seen a few one here that members have built, but they are way more detailed and bigger than i need...i don't need windows and a barn door. I'm guessing it's much cheaper to diy but worth the time? Anyone have pics. of theirs? Thanks
     
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    Quality of construction makes the difference IMO. If all you need is a cover, factory builts aren't bad. You'll see the difference 5-10 years later when the roof starts leaking, critical wood splitting, etc. depending on the builder....but that's just my $.02.

    Edit - I'm looking to replace a 12 x 16 this summer too.
     
  3. JML50

    JML50 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    That would be a little much for me. I i had the space than it would be perfect. My yard is fairly small and i have to deal with homeowners association.
     
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    Have you done wood or metal building construction before?? Cause for something like this I would think you want it to last as long as possible.

    I vote for pro built.
     
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    Not sure where in Fla. you are, but shipping containers are against Ordinance here. I would go with an aluminum shed. If all you need is 6x6, go with an 8x8 if you have the room in your yard. They fill up quick! Also, they fasten them down for you so you dont have worries when hurricanes come. I think its cheaper and easier in the long run. I got a 10x10 with 2 small windows and a 3 ft door (maybe $2000 including crane to get in the back yard). Also, you can take it with you if you plan to move. Good luck.
     
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    you can get that size of shed at hardware stores in a box, but i think there built pretty shitty. there only a couple hundred bucks.

    ive also seen at home hardware they had nice pre assembled sheds made out of quality wood with doors and windows, they seem 100x better but would most likely be a lot more expensive
     
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    Check Craigslist. There was a free 10x12x8 around Houston here. Just needed a little work.
     
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    I built a 10x12 a couple years ago. It is all 2x4 construction except the floor, I used 2x10s. I built my own trusses and used vinyl siding to finish it off. It was like $1400 for everything. If you are capable of building it yourself it will be 100 times better than a cheap-o metal unit. Plus you can match the siding on your house so it will fit in better.
     
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    the packaged deals from home depot/lowes/etc tend to be poorly built and expensive for what they are.

    if you can build one i would recommend that option.
     
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    download a blueprint
    copy the supply list
    spend a couple hundred at the home depot or whatever
    and build it yourself
     
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    I built a 4x8x10 lean-to & put up a 10x10x12 $149 shed in the box from tractor supply last fall for all the garden tools, lawn equipment/tires/snow thrower etc. These sizes did not require a building permit for my city. That is something to consider (setbacks/zoning) before building or buying.

    The lean to plans were online. I used 2 4x4x8 PT timbers on blocks for the skids, PT 2x4s for the box/joists/band boards & a 3/4" sheet of plywood for the floor. The walls I did the same way except I used regular cheap 2x4s & pre-painted, outdoor rated paneling from Home Depot. The roof is a sheet of plywood, angled 2x4s, drip edge & a bundle of shingles. It cost a little over $250 in materials & a long weekend to put up.

    The shed in the box surprisingly has held up even in adverse winter conditions & wind. Researching online before I installed helped a lot. I took the suggestion of using six, 2' green metal fence posts as stakes. Once those are pounded in 3 per side with the frame attached to them, the shed is tied down rock solid. I also reinforced the roof adding more support to help with the snow. It worked out well & kept everything dry esp. using 3" of crushed stone over a plastic tarp to keep moisture coming up from the floor. Its cheap storage but keeps the yard tidy, garage accessible & works for me. :)

    Here are some pics:

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    I'm not too handy to do anything too detailed. Measuring/cutting plywood and 2x4's is about the extent of it. Windows and pitched shingle roof is out of the question. Simon's Mom....the smaller of the two is about the perfect size for what i need, maybe a tad shorter in height and a bit deeper. Where did you get those plans? I could probably modify it to the size i need.
     
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    I knew you probably would need that..:) .I have it under my favorites at work will post it tomorrow......it was very easy to follow...and my skills were like yours cut and hammer. My guy friends who work as carpenters encouraged me which was nice :)

    http://www.hometips.com/diy-how-to/leanto-shed-build.html
     
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    Too bad you don't live around here.... there's sooo many different Amish people buidling sheds. We just had one installed probably 5 years ago.

    Or maybe they make them down there?

    It's a T1-11 shed...kinda like this:
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    Very good quality built. All you really need to do is clear a flat area and install a bed of stone - and they haul it and drop it right in your back yard for you.
     
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    My motorcycle shed is an 8 x 12 kit I bought from Sutherland's (lumberyard)
    I paid $800 and you pick up the studs, siding, decking, shingles, screws, nails paint etc as you need it. They print up a materials sheet and you take it in...get what you need and they mark it off.

    Easy instructions and construction is solid.
     
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    http://www.hometips.com/diy-how-to/leanto-shed-build.html


    Yes Jan, I had one a amish shed at my last house. There was a place near me that got them from down your way, ordered them up & delivered, placed exactly where you wanted it without lifting a hammer. Very nice quality, they had to spray the acrylic stain on the outside, it was thick! Too bad the reseller up here went out of business....:(
     
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    I am new on the forum. I was in the same boat, pain in the A-- neighborhood assoc. I used the space on the side of my house and built a lean too. Fence is 1 side and the back, and my house is the other side. Used the metal 4x4 brackets that you pound in and pressure treated wood. Used tin for the roof. I built 7x12 for about $140. Best part is no hassle w/ neighborhood, got it right up to fence line, but can't see it from outside on the yard.
    Shed works great, I got all of my yard stuff in it.


    If I can figure out how to post pics, I'll get 1 or 2 up.
     
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    dgr540 I've got the FUNK

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    Ok, I got a pic loaded to my gallery. It is level, even though the pic looks skewed.

    $140, and nobody in the neighborhood can tell. I've organized it alot better and nothing has gotten wet. I currently have 2 riding mowers, a push mower, the weber kettle, and a ton of yard tools hanging in it.

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/83542/limit/recent


    Hope it helps.
     
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    If you build your own just use treated wood for the framing for the flooring.
     
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