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Old 05-02-2011, 09:06 PM   #1
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help building a shed with a small budget

Hello I'm looking for some advice on building a shed either from a kit or raw material. First off a bit about myself, I have done a fair amount of home improvement and construction but would not consider myself very experienced. I am an need of a shed (similar to ) I realize that $800 is not a whole lot of money but unfortunately I do not have a lot to spare at this point. My question is would it be worth it to buy a book of plans/blueprints ( <p> something similar to these any other better plans someone may have experience with? Thank you all


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Old 05-02-2011, 09:13 PM   #2
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The kits usually work out to be cheaper than stick building. They are designed to minimize waste and usually come with the plan included.


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Old 05-03-2011, 01:16 AM   #3
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I am in the same boat. I have been looking on craigslist and found a couple but from what I read, the kits are much easier. Let me know how it goes.
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The kits are generally made with 2x3's and OSB. The 2x3's are 18"-24" oncenter. They minimize materials in their construction. Properly maintained, they will last a long time. They will go up faster then a stick built shed and if you can follow directions and have a modicum of skill, should be be solid.
To see how much ,if any, you'll save, do a material list and compare the cost.
Before you put it up, check the local codes for setbacks from the property line.

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Old 05-03-2011, 06:09 AM   #5
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Reclaimed materials are a nice way to go. Check Craigslist and local papers in your area.

Post an add in Craigslist offering to remove old sheds and decks for free if you can salvage the lumber.

Be sure and inspect said structure well before agreeing to remove it. The first one I looked at had a nice oak tree growing from the middle!

To bad the housing boom is now bust. Production builders were throwing away entire houses rather than take the time to reclaim extra pennies. One of customers built a beautiful shed with materials we threw away every week.

Ask at your local DIY store if they have plans for the stick built versions. My lumber store gave me a nice set for free, with the intent that I buy their trusses.
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