So, how do you get good sheds and storage for your yard without spending a lot of money? Why you build it yourself. “But I’ve never built anything before!” No matter, as long as you go about it in the right way, even a complete construction novice can build their sheds and storage that will be structurally sound and last forever.
The key to getting good sheds and storage is starting with a good plan. No matter what kind of structure you’re planning on building, if you’ve got a good plan, even a person with the most basic skills can do it. Have you hung a picture on the wall and set up a VCR? Then you can build yourself some sheds and other storage, as long as you’ve got a good plan to follow.
A good plan will have detailed, step-by-step instructions, good diagrams, and illustrations, as well as a comprehensive materials list that will tell you everything you need to complete your shed or storage.
Make sure that the plan fits your storage needs: what size and configuration will depend on what you need it for. You may only need a small storage cubby, or you may need a shed large enough to house small recreational vehicles.
If you do need larger sheds and storage for bigger items like 4-wheelers, ride-on mowers, or boats, make sure to check the local building codes to make sure you don’t need a permit or special foundation.
Once you’ve got all the plans in place, here’s where the saving money part comes in: because you’re building from a plan and providing your materials you can save a ton of money versus those shed and storage kits that you can get from the big box stores. You have control over both the quality and the cost of what you choose to build your shed and other storage for your backyard.
For example, my father-in-law was recently replacing a bunch of 2x6s on his deck because the stain did not match a new addition on the deck. Since the only thing wrong with the boards was the color, I reused them when I built my shed, giving me that valuable storage at an even better deal.
If you plan on building several types of sheds and storage in your yard, it would be worthwhile to look into a compilation of plans; because you’re buying all of the plans together, you can pay much less than you would be if you purchased them all separately.