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Using Shed Kits Vs Building a Shed From Scratch

Posted By Tony Clifton On May 25, 2009 @ 2:33 pm In Outdoor Building | Comments Disabled

Have you decided to build a garden shed yourself? That’s a great thing to do, but you need to plan it well. Many people start full of enthusiasm, but soon give up because they lack planning and experience. Building a shed is not hard at all; you just need to estimate your skills well before rushing into the actual work.

Based on your experience in do-it-yourself projects – wood or metal working, slicing, snapping, cutting out and reading sketches – you have two options: to buy ready plans and construct your shed from scratch using them as a guide or to buy a shed kit. Which is better for you? Consider the following criteria:

Advantages of using shed kits

Building your shed from a kit is easy. With a good kit an averagely complex shed can be built together in just a day or two. It’s really not rocket science.

When you have all the parts cut out and sliced you just can’t go wrong. Yes, you can probably put some parts in the wrong places (if you don’t read the instructions) but it’s very easy to realize the mistake and fix it.

Another advantage is that the kits are serially manufactured. Each kit has been sold, built, tested, fixed and proven many times over. Often you can research online for the kit model you plan to buy and find opinions of people who have used it to build their sheds.

Disadvantages of using shed kits

The shed kits are not cheap. The price of the more complex quality kits extends to several thousand dollars per piece.

As in every physical product, the shed kits have a logistics problem. If you want to buy the kit from your local store, they’ll probably have too few models in place and you’ll have to wait for delivery. If you purchase online, you’ll have to pay for shipping and wait again.

Building a shed from a kit limits your creativity. You can’t change the plan; you can’t change the material; sometimes you can’t even change the paint. That’s fine for some people, but if you are a real do-it-yourself fan you may want more freedom.

Advantages of building a garden shed from scratch

You can buy downloadable shed plans only for $5 to $30. If you want to buy printed plans (from a local store or specialist shed builder) they may cost you up to $50. The materials add to the figures, but it’s almost certain that you’ll build a shed cheaper this way as opposed to purchasing a kit.

The shed plans that are sold online can generally be downloaded instantly – in the worst case scenario to be might have to wait a couple hours until the seller sends them by email. It’s still much faster than waiting a couple of weeks for your kit to arrive.

Working with plans gives you more freedom. The plans contain exact instructions and measurements. However, if you are knowledgeable you could easily make improvements and customizations to them before you start cutting. You can even choose the most preferred material yourself.

Disadvantages of building a shed from scratch

Of course, ‘building a shed yourself, using only a shed plan’ is much harder. You’ll need to have good skills and experience in doing things yourself.

It also takes longer to do it this way. Some complex sheds may take more than a week of hard work to get them done well.

Finally, there are more chances for things to go wrong: For example, if you confuse the measurements you can end up wasting an entire shed wall or floor!

There is no better or worse option; it all depends on your preferences and goals. If you are a die-hard do-it-yourself fan – or very short of money – you’ll probably want to build from plans only. If you want to have a shed built for a reasonable price, then a kit is exactly what you’ll need.

In any case, to you’ll need to learn more about the types of sheds available… and how to build them. If you need a quick start, check the how to build a shed [1] tutorial on [1]

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Editor’s Note: Go check out the 15 Step-By-Step “Building A Shed” Videos in our Resources section.

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