Backyard storage sheds come in all types, sizes and designs. Therefore, what you can expect to spend on this item really depends on exactly what you desire.

Storage Shed

Cost For A Shed

You may be looking for a very basic storage shed to provide some extra space to store seasonal items and tools. This will be the most affordable storage shed option, although it probably won’t be the most attractive. Or perhaps you’d rather add an elegant structure to provide decor and additional living space. More formal storage sheds can easily work as a home office, artist’s studio, guest room and more. The cost for a more finished storage shed like this will be somewhat of an investment but you’ll often get your money back in your increased property value.

Some Options

Do you want to build your own storage shed from scratch? If you have the carpentry skills and tools to handle the job, you might select a simple design that you create yourself, or you might purchase building plans if you want a design that’s more involved. You might also opt for a storage shed kit, which contains the pieces necessary but allows you to do the assembly. The one downside is that a shed kit doesn’t allow much room to tailor the building for your specific needs and usage goals.

The easiest option is to order a prefabricated shed that you can buy off the floor of a home improvement store or seasonal shop or online and have it delivered right to your door.

Types Of Materials

Sheds can also be built in a variety of materials, including vinyl, metal and wood, and which one you prefer can affect the shed price. There are also many shed looks and styles to explore. Among the popular choices you can find are Amish, Quaker, Victorian, Dutch and more.

Some of the simplest sheds simply need a gravel base and a level spot where they can be placed. Larger or more elaborate sheds may require a foundation to be built beneath them. These bases are typically made from poured concrete or concrete blocks.

Details And Logistics

Cost For A Shed

When comparing your storage shed prices and options, you’ll need to consider the type of construction you desire and the logistics involved. Other factors to weigh include the type of framing, roofing, siding and windows used. You’ll also need to decide if you want to include electricity and insulation, since these can also greatly impact what you’ll spend on the shed. The overall style of your storage shed also affects the price. The simplest storage sheds look like utility boxes or cabinets while the most elaborate may be custom “mini” houses or barns. Many people settle for something in the middle of the range, adding enough detailing to make the shed look attractive in their yard but keeping the costs in a reasonable range.

If you go with a kit or pre-fabricated storage shed, the quality of the materials and construction can also affect the bottom line. Keep in mind that going with an inexpensive shed may not hold up to the elements over time. Although it can save you money up front, it may not end up being a good buy.

Check For Permits

Before you add a storage shed on your property, you’ll need to check with your municipality to find out if they will allow it. Most cities and towns do require that you apply for a permit in order to add a shed, but sometimes this can depend on the size.

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