By Gene and Katie Hamilton
When storage for lawn equipment and outdoor gear is needed in the back yard, consider building a wooden yard shed. It can be built from a custom design, or you can buy a kit with wood components you assemble. However it’s made, a wooden yard shed can solve storage problems and be a nice addition to the landscape.
Here's a cost comparison of hiring a carpenter vs. doing it yourself. A carpenter will charge $3,370 to construct a wood panel 10-foot-by-12-foot storage building with 800 cubic feet of space with a cement foundation and shingle roof, which includes the labor and materialf. A homeowner with carpentry experience and tools can buy a shed kit and materials for the foundation and roof for $1,500 and build it, saving 56 percent. The job involves siting the location to make it level, pouring a cement foundation, building and erecting the walls and roof assembly, and installing the door, trim and handle. Then the siding and door need a coat of primer and paint and the roof needs shingles to complete the job.
Shedplans.org offers a free collection of 50 outdoor shed plans you can download at Free Shed Plans so take a look.
Another good source for backyard ideas is Backyard Boss.
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Before you build anything on your property, call the local building department to find out if a permit is required; in most areas it will be.
For inspiration go to Backyard Boss to see 45 of the Best Backyard Shed Ideas.
From Upgardener in the UK, here's 17 Garden Building Design Ideas for an Outdoor Retreat.
The Balance offers these
22 Free Storage Shed Plans.
Another source of shed plans is from Insteading at Shed plans.
How to Build a Shed by Sally Coulthard, is a practical DIY guide to building a basic structure with a sloping roof, if you're looking for a he or she shed that won't break your budget or require a building permit.
That sums it up. Knowing the average cost to build a wood yard shed lets you compare doing it yourself with what you can expect to pay a contractor. To customize the cost to where you live add your ZIP Code in the cost box.
Cost updated 2020