Cost to Build a Wood Yard Shed – 2021

| Last Updated: August 24, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 3370

$ 1500

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 83% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

The average price to Build a Wood Yard Shed noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

How much does it cost to build a wood shed? A carpenter charges $3,370 to build a wood storage shed but you can do it yourself for $1,500 and save 56 percent. 

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 material.

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 sitting 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. 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.

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. 

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