December 11, 2021

What is the cheapest way to build a shed?

The cheapest way to build a shed is by doing it yourself. It spares you from hiring someone, removing labor costs. All you need is some material and skill. When you do it yourself, you are only worried about the material.  When it comes to the project, consider building the shed from pallets. It is the most affordable way to construct a garden shed.

Is it cheaper to buy a shed or build a shed?

Building a storage shed yourself is cheaper than buying a shed. However, use the right tooling. Of course, you can buy a prefabricated 8×8 shed made out of fiberglass or plastic at an affordable price than you could make it with wood. 

However, there is a way to make a cheaper shed that no store can compete with. That is by using pallets. Most use pallets as the primary building material. There are so many options for building a pallet shed. That is why you should brace up for a tough time choosing the best. 

It depends on what kind of pallets you have. Another way to use pallets is for the framing, with a few pieces of lumber to reinforce the pallets and keep the structure together.

There are factors to consider if you want to build your storage in an affordable way. Start planning to build your shed. As much as you can buy your material from multiple stores, there are places online that offer free shed plans. You might choose not to pay to get one.

Look for tools you need for building a shed on a budget.  You may have a compressor, and pneumatic nail gun or a sliding miter saw to make shed building faster, but you can do without them. A minimum budget requires a tape measure, speed square, saw, hammer and drill. Using nails is more affordable than using screws. 

Consider an affordable DIY shed foundation. Use concrete blocks or deck blocks and put your shed floor framing on top of these blocks. Deck blocks are also cheap. You can have them for under 10. The cost of lumber and the pouring concrete slab is attractive.

Learn how to build a shed that you can afford. 

Do not frame your shed floor with any size of lumber less than 2×6. Instead, use 2×4 lumber, although you need to increase the number of deck blocks supporting the floor frame. As the 2x4s are the most affordable for wall framing, they are also for roof framing. The design of your roof can help you cut costs, too. 

Make use of the LP SmartSiding. They are for exterior exposure. These panels are more affordable than plywood exterior panels and more weatherproof.  You can also choose to omit a window.

How much does a 10×12 shed cost?

A 10×12 shed costs $2500-3800 depending on style, local market, and features included. When making a 10×12 shed, consider labor and the time it takes to build the shed. 

The cost calculated for labor depends on whether your shed is a hobby project or used for a wage-earning activity. Depending on your skill level and the tools available, it could take 10-40 hours to construct a 10×12 shed. 

However, it might take about twice as long as the time estimated. If you earn $15/hr, a 25-hour shed project will require 375 worth of your labor; at $25/hr, labor will be worth 625.

Tools Required

  • Air compressor
  • Air hose
  • Brad nail gun
  • Caulk gun
  • Chalk line
  • Circular saw
  • Clamps
  • Cordless drill
  • Drill bit set
  • Hammer
  • Hearing and eye protection
  • Jigsaw
  • Level
  • Pocket hole jig
  • Router
  • Sawhorses
  • Speed square
  • Stepladder
  • Tape measure
  • Tin snips

How much does it cost to build a 12×14 shed?

The average cost to build a deck is $15 to 30 per square foot or $4,400 to 10,000 for the entire shed.

What is the cheapest shed?

  • Pallet shed.

Cheap way to build a shed foundation

The foundation of any structure is a vital component of the construction.  When preparing your shed, there are different foundation applications that you could use. There is a concrete slab, and you might consider using a 4inch slab. It makes a better structure, but it is not affordable and timely.

Like a concrete slab, concrete footing adds more structural strength but costs some money and time. You have affordable deck blocks. Support the shed by using pressure-treated 4x4s that lock into the deck blocks and attach to the floor joists. 

Maintenance to re-level is required after a few years of being installed. However, that is after a while and minimal. Skids are also an affordable way of supporting your shed. Utilize pressure-treated 4x4s to rest your sub-floor, and that saves you hundreds of dollars and sometimes.

 When using 4×4 pressure-treated skid plates, put a bit of work into the site preparation. Make sure the ground is as level as possible. Dig a small trench and fill it with crushed gravel under the skid plates. 

It helps prevent ground erosion and damage to your skid plates by providing rainwater with a drainage system. That ensures that your skid plates are not sitting in standing water; hence extending the life of your skid plates. It keeps your shed level for a longer period.

Roofing Material

A cheap way to install roofing material is using a standard three-tab asphalt shingle. It balances price and durability since it gives superior water protection to the shed. You can get these shingles for about 100 per square (100sqft). 

Siding Material

Siding a shed ceases to be cheap when it is about tongue and groove shiplap boards or plywood sheathing covered with a layer of Typar (house wrap) and vinyl siding. To make it affordable, use T1-11 plywood for siding your shed. 

The panels are not affordable, but adding up the total cost to side your shed with one of the two methods mentioned above, it becomes affordable. T1-11 is a high-quality grade of plywood with tongue and groove edges and the appearance of wood siding boards. 

It comes with a variety of wood preservatives that can be applied for a natural look or stained any color.

Money-saving tips

  • Use kiln-dried lumber instead of pressure-treated lumber for the walls and roof trusses.
  • Construct your sub-floor with pressure-treated lumber because the under the subfloor is more subject to insects and moisture from the ground.
  • Buy the extended version or premium plan.
  • Buy materials and tools in bulk.

Material to avoid when building on a budget

  • Avoid prefabricated sheds.
  • Frills.
  • Vinyl.

Places to find cheap material

  • Facebook Marketplace
  • Craigslist.
  • Dealers.
  • Second-hand shops. 
  • Gumtree
  • eBay.
David D. Hughes
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