To build or to buy a shed?


A shed can be used to store everything, from your man cave to your expensive lawnmower. You have two options: either buy a prefabricated shed or make your own. Each situation is different, and each budget is different.

It was much cheaper to build my shed. I was able to get exactly what I needed, complete with all the bells and whistles. Although it was cheaper to build, it may be more cost-effective to purchase a pre-built model.

This guide specifically outlines the benefits and drawbacks of buying and building and explains why I believe the building is the most cost-effective option.



Pre-built sheds are time-saving. It is already built! You just need to make a foundation to support it, then schedule delivery. You might get it as soon as you order it. Or it may take several weeks.


Pre-built sheds are cheaper than buying power tools. Your shed will be levelled on the foundation by the delivery men. To attach the lock hasp, you may need to use a screwdriver. That's it.

No Skills Necessary

It is important to realize that you will need the right skills to complete the task. You will have to have the ability to use any knowledge you have about carpentry in order to tackle a large-scale building project.

You don't have to know how to build a roof or use specific tools to buy a shed. Pre-built sheds are usually easy to assemble, even if you don't have the tools necessary.

Professional Designs

Prebuilt is already designed and built for you. It's easy to forget about the details like where to put the window or the dimensions of the floor.


The manufacturer's warranty covers any defect accordingly. It will cover the repair or replacement of the shed, as well.

You are responsible for correcting any errors when you build your own home.



Prices for pre-built sheds vary greatly. The old tale "You get what you pay for" still applies. It can be expensive to get a high-quality shed.

Buy a Kit




Kits may come with all the pieces pre-cutted and drilled, which can save you time. Time will vary depending on how big or fancy your shed is. Time is affected by how experienced you are as a DIYer. The kit could take several weeks to put together, or it might take you a weekend.


What You Pay For

If you're not a DIY person, kits are likely to be the least expensive and most cost-effective option. My hobby is to putter about, but building my first shed took twice as long as I expected. I needed a friend to help me.

High-quality sheds can be more expensive. Hire someone to help you put it all together.

Build Your Own Shed



If you build your shed yourself, you have better control over its quality. Prefabricated models often include shoddy or less-quality wood.

Also, you don't have to worry about how sturdy the shed is or what the quality of the extras is. You don't need to compromise on the materials, workmanship, or final details when building your own shed.

Budget Control

You have absolute control over your budget only when you create your own. You decide how much money you will spend and where it goes. For example, you can save a bit on the shed insulation and add an additional window. You have the option to make it much smaller and add other outlets to keep your budget within reach.

Personal Satisfaction

It's a great feeling to be able to say that you built the shed. It is much more rewarding than buying a prefabricated building.

Less expensive

You are paying for the labor and respectively for the skills of someone else when you purchase a shed. Building your own shed can help you save 40% to 60%, as you don't usually have to pay for it. You may need to pay your workers or provide food and drinks.

It is possible to create something original.

When you build your shed, it is up to you to make the decisions. You choose the size and shape of your shed. You can choose from 3 sides, four shed roofs or gables, one story, two stories, or lofts. You can choose the colors, trim, and finishes. Your shed will be unique.

Create something of your design

You can design your shed with location and use in mind. There are many options available such as turning it into a home gym. You could find wholesale gym equipment, so it will be cheaper for you You are only limited by your own imagination exclusively and skills, as well. It will be unique and uniquely yours.

You can create exactly what you need.

You can build what you want in your shed. There are many options available to you, including underfloor storage, rafter space, and windows and doors. You can also reinforce for pulleys or a hoist. You don't need a box.

You have the option to use better materials.

You can choose the materials you want. You can choose the quality and dimension of lumber that you prefer and then pick it up. You can choose to use screws or nails as fasteners. Not staples, OSB, plywood, shingles, or steel. Remember that you are responsible for any warps, twists, or curves in your materials.

You can customize as much as you like

I have built many sheds and know how to customize them. You have two options: plan ahead or make adjustments as you go. Be mindful of your budget. As you personalize, the cost of your work will increase.

You may not be able to find a shed of this size.

What is the distance between your house and those of your neighbors? A pre-built shed might not be suitable, depending on how easy it is to access your shed site. You may not have enough space to fit either a pre-built or a kit shed. Your only option is to build your shed.

No one will care as much about building it as you.

It is an act of pride to build something by yourself. Your shed is your responsibility. Even if you construct a shed from a kit, it will still be your responsibility to ensure that the material is cut accurately and in quality. Even though you may make mistakes, they will still be yours.

Family Activity - Strengthening Family ties.

Everybody enjoys the process of building things. Ask for help. Ask your siblings, parents, and even other relatives. Children can be great gophers. They can hold things or stabilize them. It can even be rather joyful educational experience for them. Work can be made more efficient with more hands. Give your spouse a task.


When you build your shed, you have great flexibility. You can choose the location and size of your windows and doors. You can choose whether you want a shed roof, cottage style, or gable windows. Manufacturers don't specify the roof style or height. Hanging rails or shelves is possible if you have the space. To fill rain barrels, add gutters. You can add or attach additional items to your home if you are building.

It's great fun!

You feel accomplished when you create something. Sometimes you might even learn something. The best thing about designing and working on something is seeing it come to life. It's a big, real-life puzzle that you can complete. It's great fun!

There are disadvantages to building your own home.


If you are looking to build your shed yourself, time can be a problem. Although you may have greater creative control, building your shed takes a lot of effort and time. It takes four months!

It is important to plan and organize rather carefully so that you don't get your dream shed in a hurry.

Prefabricated sheds can be delivered in a matter of hours if you order them.


You may have to spend money if you don't already own a set of standard tools. A tool list is included in the planning phase.


It is likely that you will need assistance when building your shed. A friend or two can help you. You may have to trade your labor or spring in exchange for a six-pack of beer or dinner.

However, you will be dependent on the availability of the person to help, which can add to the length of the project.

Personal life

Next, consider your personal life. What effect will a long-term project have on your personal life? How does it affect the relationships in your family?

Is it cheaper to build your own shed, indeed?

Before we get into the details of building or purchasing a shed, let us discuss which materials are available. Having specifically storage shed is will be great advantage for you

What about wood, plastic, metal, or something else?

Plain Wood

Wood is a popular choice for both home and professional do-it-yourselfers. Wood needs to be treated regularly to prevent rot, insects and weather-related wear.

Engineered wood

Engineered wood is treated to repel insects and moisture, and it can withstand more severe weather conditions. However, it can be more expensive than regular wood. It is important to verify the type of engineered wood and ensure that you do not buy a lower-quality cut.


Plastic is durable and one of the most affordable materials for a shed. Plastic is easy to maintain and doesn't attract insects.

However, plastic does not look very nice and can "exude cheap," as my wife loves to say in an otherwise lovely yard.


Except for rust, metal sheds are resistant to most traditional damage. If you want corrosion resistance, you will have to upgrade to aluminum or a higher grade of steel, which can be costly.


Vinyl sheds are not inexpensive. Vinyl is not only more durable than plastic or metal, but it's also more attractive.

Vinyl sheds can be more expensive than other materials, but they are cheaper than prefabricated sheds.

Take a look at the numbers.

Now we are about to compare costs.

The square foot cost is the most common construction project. Contractors determine the cost of materials and labor, as well business overhead.

The average cost of a DIY shed is $17-$24 per square foot. My two were $19.00/sq. An 8x12 shed costs approximately $2,050 to construct yourself. A 12x28 shed can be constructed for $4,800. An average building of 15x30 feet can cost around $7,500

My friend recently completed a 24X38 shed/workshop. It cost $16,300. That includes a concrete floor, six windows, and steel roofing. Doors, wiring, wiring, and all shipping charges. He needs to insulate, drywall, and connect the hydro.

Pre-built wooden sheds are usually more costly than steel or plastic sheds—an 8x12 wooden shed costs between $2400 to $4800.

It was 12x32 inches and can fit on a trailer. The base price is $16,628, with the possibility of upgrades that could add thousands. Delivery is also included. An 8x10 plastic shed costs between $900 to $1,400, and an 8x6 high wall shed sells for between $250 and $800.

Delivery may be an additional cost for pre-built sheds. You pay for the labor of someone else, so you only get what you pay.

Kit sheds can be more costly than DIY. An 8x8 OSB gable roof shed costs $1600 plus delivery. An 8x10 kit will cost $1,900 to $2,000.

To build a custom shed, you will need a contractor to help you. The cost of a 12x24 woodshed and a floor costs between $6,500 to $10,000 depending on the size and finish of your windows and doors. Some sheds can take up to one month to deliver, while others may have additional delivery fees.

According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost of building your own shed ranges from $800-$4,000, depending on factors such as adding electricity. You may need to hire professional help. This is an additional $50-$100 per hour

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