A shed is typically a simple, single-story roofed structure in a back garden or on an allotment that is used for storage, hobbies, or as a workshop. They may vary considerably in their size and complexity of construction, from simple open-sided ones designed to cover bicycles or garden items to large wood-framed structures with shingled roofs, windows, and electrical outlets. Larger structures can be used on farms or in industry. The main types of materials are metal sheathing over a metal frame, plastic sheathing and frame, all-wood construction (the roof may be asphalt shingled or sheathed in tin), and vinyl-sided design built over a wooden frame. Smaller kits may include a wooden or plastic floor, while more permanent ones may be built on a concrete pad or foundation. Some may be lockable to deter theft or entry by children, domestic animals, wildlife, etc.

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ShelterLogic 4x4x6 Garden Shed
Regular price $99.99

Is it cheaper to buy a kit or build from scratch?

Building one from scratch is obviously the most difficult, but it is sometimes possible to save money if materials are bought carefully so there is little waste. It is possible to buy a kit for an 8-by-8-foot unit for less than $500. The kits generally include the necessary materials you’ll need without wasting building supplies

How much do they cost?

The exact price depends on the size, brand, and on the materials that you use during the assembly, but the average cost of buying a prefabricated kit ranges from about $500 to $2,000. You can also hire a company or contracting professional to assist with installing it.

Do I need a permit?

In most areas, you generally do not need a building permit for a smaller unit, such as a 6×8 or an 8×10. However, larger storage buildings may challenge local zoning restrictions. Many areas will only allow them to be installed in backyards.


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