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Cost of Building A Shed

Thinking of building a shed yourself?  You might be asking, well how much is this oging to cost me?  Let’s go through the decision making process and see some real life examples:


Let’s assume for a minute you will be building a 8×10 Gable Shed.  Below are the estimates for here in Utah for purchasing an already built shed. sheds.

Tuff Shed: $1,754 $1,840 $1,920

VS Shed= $1,000 – $1,200 Estimated cost of materials + $13.99 for the plan.

Click HERE to search for the perfect shed plan for your backyard.

It’s clear doing it yourself is far cheaper.  Plus you know you are getting a quality product because you know the materials going into the project.  Plus you will learn skills building it yourself that will help you in future projects!


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Picking the Right Spot for Your Shed

A shed can add beauty to your garden or backyard—or it can detract from it. You might build a very good-looking shed, but if it is improperly placed, you may have wasted all your effort, time, and money on something that is hardly an asset.

Right Spot for Your Shed
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It is important that you consider the location of your shed. Avoid placing it where it will obstruct the view from your home. In addition, bear in mind the following concerns:

  • Terrain – Check the terrain where you plan to install the foundation. If there are rocks in the area, you will need to remove them or build over them (if possible). Check also for tree roots. Do not build your shed in an area that will be reached by growing roots.
  • Accessibility – Make sure that your shed is accessible from the house. No one wants an arduous journey every time they want to get something from the shed.
  • Drainage – Do not build your shed in an area where water will collect and sit. A good way to check this is to watch where water pools after a hard rain.
  • Light – The location of your shed should take into consideration the amount of natural light that will hit your shed. If the afternoon sun will hit the broadside of your shed, you can expect the interior to be like an oven. The strong sun will also compromise your shed’s paint, requiring you to repaint frequently.
  • Heat – Look for a part of your yard that will mitigate the heat of the sun. An area with heavy tree cover may be nice, as long as the trees will not jeopardize your shed in the event that they fall during a storm.

Sheds can be a wonderful addition—whether they are used as a backyard retreat or simply for extra storage space. Take time to research proper shed placement. Once you have found the perfect spot, let the building fun begin.

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Shed Building Series: How to Build a Gambrel Shed

A gambrel shed, also known as a barn shed, combines the traditional shed design with generous overhead storage space. The gambrel roof has two roof slopes on each side of the ridge with a steeper slope on the lower part to provide extra headroom. A gambrel shed can accommodate more storage without increasing the size of the shed. The gambrel roof can accommodate up to 11 ½ feet of additional headroom—a considerable advantage over other types of sheds.

How to Build a Gambrel Shed

You can build your own gambrel shed after purchasing a plan from The plan will come with an Excel list of the materials you will need along with the corresponding measurements, a tool list, and a cut list. All you need to do is purchase the appropriate materials and start building.


Building your shed will take time, but you will enjoy the satisfaction of constructing something from scratch. Building your gambrel shed involves the following steps:

  • Shed foundation – Your gambrel shed must be set on a foundation of concrete blocks or treated lumber. Solid concrete blocks will be advisable if you are building on a sloped site. Lay out and stake the four corners of your shed. Dig 6-inch deep holes at each corner, pour 4 inches of crushed rock into each hole, level and compact.
  • Building the floor – Cut 2×6 lumber, and lie the planks flush out on the outer edges of the blocks. Fit the offset corners together with 16d-galvanized nails and lay out the floor framing several inches from the outside edge of the band joist. Nail the joists between the band joists. Use ¾-inch plywood as floor and attach using 8d-galvanized nails.
  • Adding the walls – Build the four walls of the shed on the ground. Upon completion, put up the first wall by temporarily bracing it with lumber at an angle. Once the first wall is standing, putting up the remaining walls will be easier.
  • Building the roof structure – Building the gambrel roof is the most complicated part of this shed. Lay out the truss materials on level ground, with the joints overlapping. Mark the angles of the ridge. Make the necessary cuts. Then assemble the roof trusses using cut plywood for straps. Install the trussing starting from either end of the building. After installing the trusses, you can start installing the roof deck. Then, frame in the trusses.
  • Mounting the siding, windows, and doors – Choose the kind of siding, doors and windows that you want to install and put them in place.
  • Finishing the roof – You can cover the roof deck with a waterproof membrane followed by asphalt roofing paper and the shingles of your choice.

Your gambrel shed is now ready for use.

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Maritime Day

Maritime Day is Sunday, May 22, and if the annual occasion has you longing for a day on the beach, you’re not alone. Many of us hear the call of the ocean, but far fewer have access to it on a regular basis. If you are an ocean-lover, you can bring the sea to your backyard or garden with a nautical shed.

Maritime Day Nautical Shed
(Pixabay / Maatkare)

With a nautical-themed escape, you can enjoy a good book or a cocktail in the same spirit as you would for a seaside getaway. It’s a simple way for inland-dwellers to get their ocean fix.

The following are some nautical seaside themes that you can use to transform your ordinary backyard or garden shed:

  • Anchor-decorated hut – Paint your shed white and hang an anchor on the outside wall. Add white pieces of furniture, and paint the floor sea blue to give the feel of an ocean beneath your feet.
  • Sea hut – Paint your shed using aqua blue outside and white inside. Add pieces of furniture that use the same color motifs. Install wooden tiles on the floor to create the feel of a wooden pier or the deck of a boat.
  • Beach hut shed – Elevate the shed off the ground. Build a porch similar to that of a beach house or lifeguard hut. Paint the shed using a combination of blue and white. Install stairs. Decorate the porch with signal flags and a life preserver.
  • “Dinner on the beach” – You can transform your garden shed into a venue for small nautical-themed dinner parties. Paint the walls of the shed aqua blue and the ceiling and floor white. Set out a folding table and chairs, and decorate the wall with a big world map. String up some lights, and you’re all set for a seaside dinner.

Using your creativity and imagination, you can transform your old garden or backyard shed into a maritime escape that you will enjoy for years to come.

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Shed Buying Guide [infographic]

If you want to choose the best garden shed, there are things you need to consider. First, you need to choose the right material for your shed. It must be sturdy, no leaks, huge enough to accommodate everything you plan to store and have good access. You need to choose a garden shed that will not require too much repair and maintenance and can last for a long period of time.

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Creative Sheds for Mother’s Day

Don’t forget Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 14. It is, of course, a day dedicated to honoring the mothers, grandmothers, and other mother figures in our lives.

Sheds for Mothers Day
(Pixabay / WerbeFabrik)

It can be hard to pick the perfect Mother’s Day present. No tangible gift will likely convey the depth of emotion we feel for our moms. Still, there are a number of items that will brighten a mother’s day and prove useful to her throughout the passing years.

One unique idea is to get your mother a backyard shed. Most moms would love a place to retreat from a busy day or to store items that she may not have a place for within the home. You can install a new shed, but if you have an existing one, why reinvent the wheel? You can clean it up, decorate it, and make it a haven for your mother.

To get started, remove all contents from the shed. Give it a thorough cleaning and repair any broken parts. You can then repurpose the shed as you see fit.

If you’re looking to add a personal touch to fit your mom’s style, consider these design ideas:

  • Fairy light window – Install a large window facing the most beautiful part of your garden. Add a string of fairy lights for a charming touch. Install a table and chair so your mom can work or relax while viewing the garden.
  • Retro-inspired mother’s shed – Paint your mother’s shed using pastel green, evoking styles from past years. Use the same pastel green for the furniture, and your mom will be transported back to her youth.
  • Cozy alcove – You can transform your garden shed into a cozy alcove for your mom for a summer night getaway. Make the alcove complete with comfortable furniture, soft lighting, and music.
  • Dove grey – Paint the garden shed with dove grey—a great neutral color that will add warmth while matching most any color scheme. Throw in some decorative plants and comfortable furniture to complete the set up.

Allow ample time to finish the shed in advance of Mother’s Day (knowing you may need to work when she is not at home). Your hard work will undoubtedly pay off; your mom will be touched by the trouble you have gone to create a backyard haven for her.

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Do You Need a Permit to Build a Shed?

Building a shed in the backyard is becoming a popular practice among homeowners. A shed is a very functional structure that could be used for different purposes, such as for storage of garden tools and supplies, a small getaway when the house becomes too crowded and noisy, or simply a great do-it-yourself construction opportunity to boost your skills and experience.

Permit to Build a Shed
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With the advent of online tutorials and plans, more and more people are turning to DIY projects instead of hiring jobs out. There are several things to consider before one orders a shed plan and proceeds with buying construction materials, however. You should first check with the appropriate city government department to see if there is a need for a building permit. Most cities do not require permits for shed construction as long as certain criteria are met. These basic requirements may include the following:

  • The total footprint, or area, of the roof of the shed should not be more than a certain measurement, which in many cities equals 120 square feet.
  • The shed must be a single-story building.
  • The shed must sit on the soil, a pier, or a concrete block.
  • The shed must not be attached to the house.
  • The shed must not be located on or near an environmentally critical area, such as a wetland or steep slope.

If the shed does not meet the city’s standard shed criteria, you may need to get a permit before commencing construction. Along with the permit, you will probably need to schedule an inspection from the city government to get approval for your project.

Whether your city requires a permit for shed construction or not, you will need to apply for new service or a service change before installing electrical lines to the shed. Your construction must comply with city codes, such as electrical and building codes. It must meet the government requirements for land use, grading, storm water, and environmentally critical areas codes.

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Why Choose DIY-Plans

With the do-it-yourself craze raging, people are eager toget their hands dirty and create things on their own. There’s a certain gratification that comes with working hard to produce something tangible. Building a shed is one pursuit that will expand your skill set. It will serve as a hefty DIY accomplishment and a monument to your skills and hard work.

Why Choose DIY-Plans

Unless you have previous experience with construction, you will likely be starting from ground zero when you build your first shed. Building a structure, no matter how large or small, requires a plan before you start cutting lumber and hammering nails.

There are many companies that offer plans for building a shed. There are even companies that offer free shed plans, but those mostly just provide a sketch and basic measurements., under the strong leadership of the father-and-son team of Guy and Cody Burdett, is a recognized leader in shed plans. Our plans offer nine different shed styles, with multiple sizes each. Builders can choose from the following plans: Gable, Gambrel, Garden, Modern, Lean-to, Arbor, and Saltbox. We also offer plans for playsets, two-stall horse runs, and large dog houses.

Competitors offer a wide variety of shed plans, too, but they often leave you on your own to decide how to cut your wood—a challenging part of the shed-building process.

DIY-Plans will provide you with a list of materials to purchase, tools to have ready, and wood cuts to make—all in an easy-to-read Excel format. It’s like having a private building tutor walk you through the process.

While most companies mail your shed plans, we allow you to download your plans instantly at checkout. At DIY-Plans, we are passionate about our shed instructions and the opportunity to support our customers’ DIY efforts.

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Modern Shed Designs

The garden is no longer the exclusive domain of plants and shrubs. Water features, sitting areas, and structures such as gazebos, pergolas, and sheds are now common features of a garden. Gazebos and pergolas are attractive, but they are expensive and have few functions. A shed is often a more practical addition because it can be used for a variety of different purposes.

Modern Shed Designs
(Pixabay / petrafaltermaier)

The modern shed is more than a wooden structure that is primarily intended for storage. Sheds now have various applications as well as design styles. Consider the following shed uses:

  • Garden studio – This is a small living space that could be built using structurally insulated panels for year-round comfort. It can be fitted with aluminum clad doors and windows, as well as roof lights for maximum use of daylight. It could easily serve as a guest room or even as a private retreat for its owners.
  • Artist’s studio – A garden shed could be transformed into an artist’s studio with stained wooden rafters and a deck. Set in the far corner of the garden, there can be peace and quiet for a budding artist to focus and be inspired.
  • Garden shed – Built with wooden shingles for siding and a small patio in front, this garden shed can take on the appearance of small, rural house. It can be used as a secluded getaway spot or music or reading room.
  • Storage shed – You can store your important tools and seasonal furniture in this shed. It could also double as an R&R area. Keep a lounging chair at the ready in case you want to curl up with a good book or take a quiet cat nap.
  • Backyard office – You can transform your garden shed into a small office in your backyard. With proper lighting, an Internet connection, and a small office desk and chair, the shed can be your office away from the office. Pave the area in front with gravel and add some outdoor chairs and a table, and you will have an instant conference area.

Any DIY-er with creativity and energy can transform an ordinary garden shed into something far more diverse and delightful. Looking for DIY shed-building plans? Check out our wide variety on our website: