If you are in need of storage space for all your prized garden tools and implements, you know that having an outdoor shed is a great idea. But then the question of should you look into purchasing one ready made from one of the common home improvement stores, or having one built professionally, comes into play. In this article I’m going to talk about what you stand to gain by opting for the latter option and what you can expect, so let’s dive in now.
My parents hired a shed builder back in the mid 1990s. It’s made of wood (built on a foundation of skids//blocks) I, happily got tasked with the application of stain to the exterior (after they had made a decision on the color. ) Together,with a friend of mine at the time, we took that part on, along with the aid of a stepladder. Good times. It’s about an 80 square foot size, and the irony is, to this day, a lot of household “stuff”, and my old paintings and knickknacks went out there. Here is a picture of it when I was last visiting. You can tell the paint has faded a little:
Now me – where I live currently, the shed is integrated into the back of the house – it’s limited on how much I can store in it, as the hot water tank is contained within it on one side, so I have to be careful about what goes on the other side I have an old metal multi-level shelf that i use to store my plant paraphernalia. a few hooks on the inside which hold shovels and other things. Some of my neighbors have decided to have additional ones built, too just because they need more space.
Here’s a glimpse from the outside, those black spools you see have been repurposed into garden hose catch-alls. Pretty cool huh. We always have to make the most of the space we’ve got – and have thought about building a new standalone shed…but for now we’re focusing on other projects.
Yes, I agree, the vinyl siding needs pressure washing – criticism accepted. But back to you – with regard to the proposed design and layout of your shed, assuming you already have the fundamental questions answered (dimensions of prospective building, preferred materials, and location) also think about ornamentation too.
For example, you might consider adding flower beds, birdhouses or planter boxes if you want your shed to blend seamlessly with the rest of your landscape. They are inexpensive, look appealing, and can help the shed become a focal point in your yard instead of just another boxy structure.
The major benefits of hiring a shed builder…well, there are three “biggies” here, that include….
Saves You Stress
Without the customer’s extensive construction experience, a DIY shed project can quickly become a nightmare. It could be weeks or even months before the shed is completed, and there’s a good chance there will be issues and mistakes that need fixing. Hiring a professional can prevent these problems and ensure that the shed is built correctly from the get-go. A reputable contractor will be able to understand the vision for the shed, work within a set budget, and meet specific deadlines.
In addition, a professional shed builder can provide the best quality materials and top-of-the-line installation. This is important because a shed needs to be structurally sound, especially when used for hobbies and other purposes involving electricity, wiring, and sharp objects. A professional shed builder can create a safe, sturdy structure that lasts for years. This will help to save you time and money in the long run.
Saves You Time
When you hire a shed builder, they will work on your project until it is completed. This will free your time up to relax with your family or go to social gatherings without feeling guilty for leaving a home improvement project unfinished.
Hiring professionals to install a shed is an excellent option. You will need to foot the bill for the structure itself, wiring, and installation. You should receive professional quotes and ensure you understand their prices before deciding. Also, ask the professional if they have warranties. If they do, you should be able to trust that they will take care of any problems with your shed.
If they don’t, you may want to consider another builder. Lastly, find out what financing options are available for your shed project. This will help you save money on interest rates and avoid the risk of overspending on your shed.
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Saves You Money
While the average national cost to build a shed can vary widely based on size and style, the prices of materials and labor also vary by community, so you’ll want to do some research on and compare local rates.
In addition to the cost of the shed itself, you may need to pay for additional items like a foundation, plumbing, and electricity. A licensed electrician must do electrical wiring, which adds up quickly. On top of that, many communities require setback distances between your house and shed, so grading the site can be expensive.
Several financing options are available if you can’t afford to purchase a shed outright. The best choice depends on whether you can afford monthly payments and how much the shed will add to your property value.
Saves You From Mistakes
If you’re unfamiliar with building sheds, it can be easy to run into problems — especially working on uneven land. My backyard is completely flat, so I wouldn’t have that problem. My parents’ backyard is the exact opposite – as you could tell from the first image, hilly and sloping in different directions. Professional builders will have the equipment and know-how to install your storage building properly, so you can rest assured that it will be in a sound location.
The cost of a shed depends on the size, whether it will have electricity and insulation, and what type of building material you choose. If you hire a pro to build your shed, they will be upfront with you about how much the project will cost. They will also be able to provide you with options and suggestions for saving money without sacrificing quality.
For example, instead of a concrete foundation, you could opt for skids, which are more affordable and still offer great stability. You may have heard of people having this done – they resemble pallets, and are filled with compacted gravel, which can be helpful for drainage. Likewise, you can save by using pressure-treated timber for the supports rather than more expensive concrete. My unit, I believe, was built on a concrete slab.
Well, whether you were out one day admiring some different storage units on display and saw a design that captivated you out of all the others, if you perform due diligence and do your homework in advance, you can have a similar version to call your own. As a gardener or horticulturist, having s special place to keep everything is a must. Good luck!