How to Choose a Shed Plan
A successful DIY shed starts with choosing the right plans. First, determine how much space you can commit to an outbuilding, and check local codes for setbacks as you decide where to put it. It’s also important to consider what you’d like to store in the shed. Small tools can be hung on walls to save space, but large items like lawn mowers and snow blowers need more square footage.
Next, decide what style roof you prefer: We offer both peaked gable roof sheds and slanted lean-to roof styles. Finally, take a look at the plan itself to make sure you understand the materials list, measured drawings, and directions before you commit.
What to Expect
They all come with a materials list and basic instructions to build your shed. If this isn’t your first rodeo, you may be comfortable using free plans as an outline for building a new shed on your own — especially if you already have some experience building a deck or other outdoor structure.
Our free plans serve as an excellent preview to give you a sense of what it will take to complete your first shed. You can even use the materials list to help you calculate the price of the project so there are no surprises. When you decide on a shed you like, upgrade to the premium plans to enjoy the benefits of full-color diagrams, in-depth directions, and advice.
Is it Cheaper to Build Your Own Shed?
If you’re deciding between building your own backyard shed and hiring a builder, you should know it is cheaper to build your own shed. The exact cost difference depends on builders’ labor rates in your area.
When you hire a professional builder, you must pay for labor and materials. When you choose to build the shed yourself, you only have to pay for the cost of the materials and tools (Many of which you may already have lying around). Here are the most common shed building price scenarios:
How Much Does It Cost to Build a 10×10 Storage Shed?
Building a 10×10 storage shed can cost you around $2200.
How Much Does It Cost to Build a 10×12 Storage Shed?
Building a 10×12 storage shed can cost you around $2700.
How Much Does It Cost to Build a 12×12 Storage Shed?
Building a 12×12 storage shed can cost you around $3200.
How Much Does It Cost to Build a 12×20 Storage Shed?
Building a 12×20 storage shed can cost you roughly around $5200.
You can also use the national expense average for building a shed which goes from $17 to $24 per sq. ft.
How Hard Is It to Build a Shed?
You may think you do not have the skills necessary to build your own shed. The key to success is utilizing a detailed shed plan that guide you through every step of the way with both words and illustrations. The best shed plans also include a full materials list and cutting list.
Make note that there may be times during the process when you need the help of a few family and friends to help with heavy lifting.
How High Should a Shed Be Off of the Ground?
The answer depends on the type of foundation you choose to use. For instance, if your backyard shed is going to sit on blocks then it should be at least 4 inches off the ground to allow air to circulate underneath. If you are going with a concrete foundation, the typical thickness is 4 inches which places the shed 2 inches off the ground.
Consider the location of your shed. If your shed site is prone to flooding, you may need to raise it higher off of the ground to prevent water from running into your structure.
Can I Put a Shed Right Next to My House?
An outdoor storage building that is too close to a home can be a safety hazard. The almost non-existent gap between the home and the shed does not allow adequate airflow. This results in a build-up of moisture, which can result in the growth of mold and cause rot to both the shed and your home.
Each municipality is different, but most do not allow backyard sheds to be placed right next to a residential home. The exact distance a shed must be from your home will depend on your city or county’s specific rules and regulations. Be sure to also check with your HOA and insurance company, as they often have stipulations in place as well.
Is it Worth Insulating a Shed?
Whether you should insulate your shed or not depends on your geographical location and intended use. If your outdoor storage building is only going to be used to store tools in and you live in a temperate climate, then you may want to consider saving your money.
However, if you plan on using your new structure as a living space, office, workshop, etc. or plan on storing temperature-sensitive items, it will be well worth your money to properly insulate the space. This is especially true if you live in a climate that experiences extreme temperature fluctuations.