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Old 03-16-2012, 05:18 PM   #1
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Need advice if its working buying or making a shed.

Im thinking of making a shed this summer. A 5 feet by 8 feet shed. I looking at homedepot, their selling a 4 feet by 7 feet shed for $700.

When i start thinking about the material i need to build the shed; deck blocks, plywood, 2x4, shingles, vinyl siding, door. Is it cheaper to buy a plastic $700 shed, or build a shed?


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Old 03-16-2012, 05:52 PM   #2
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Those sheds are way too small, trust me, you will fill those up about three seconds after you open the door on the shed!

Build your own, there are all sorts of guides on doing it. Plus you will use better material than a lot of pre-made ones. The plastic ones are ok, they'll never rot or need paint, but I prefer wood.


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Old 03-16-2012, 06:02 PM   #3
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You’ve already done the math…

If all you want is to have a cheap roof over your lawn mower then buy the plastic.

If you want the satisfaction and pride in saying “I built that” then who cares if it cost a few extra bucks, you built it.
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Get some stakes and masons twine.
Start laying out the space in your yard that works best.
See how much shed will fit there.

Whatever you end up with... in two years you'll wish it were bigger.
With that in mind think about where the garage should go when you place the shed.
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Old 03-16-2012, 10:05 PM   #5
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i have some dead space in my back yard that i dont use, that's why i want to build a shed to use the space.

I have one new questions now.

I have some scrap 2x4 i want to use to build the joist/base of shed. Would it be okay to use a 2x4 on a 8 foot span? I wont have the floor bowing in the middle? I dont want to buy 2x6.
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I would not use 2 X 4 for any floor joist.
If that floor fails the shed is trash.
Buy 2 X 6 pressure treated.
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Old 03-17-2012, 07:11 AM   #7
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joe is right about the floor joists. definitely use pressure treated, same with the floor sheathing

as for building or buying,, definitely build. i did the cost comparison for my shed 3 years ago. other than the wood siding it was about $300 cheaper for me to build my own shed than it was to buy the junk sold at the big box stores

i went with 2x4's 16" o.c as opposed to 24" o.c 2x3's on the kit sheds
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I also ran into this dilemma, but am a bit hesitant about the framing for the roof as I have never done it. I think I have the general idea and I love a challenge, but I would need some pretty specific and detailed plans and instructions. I have looked at some (free) shed plans online and none of them have the detail I am looking for.

I would appreciate it if anyone has any suggestions for a very good set of plans (as of now I am thinking 8x10 or 8x12). I don't mind paying for a good set of plans, but need to know that they are what I am looking for before I buy. Free would obviously be better.
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Old 03-21-2012, 05:05 AM   #9
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I built a16' by 24' shed, it is still to small


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