How much does it cost to build a simple shed from scratch (no kits)?

Posted by admin on May 10, 2009

I want to build an 8×10 wood frame shed with a door and one small window with a concrete foundation. I am somewhat handy and I plan on mixing/pouring the concrete myself and building the shed from blueprints. NOT FROM A LOW QUALITY OVERPRICED KIT like they commonly display in the parking lot of my Home Depot. Has anyone tried this? I realize costs will vary greatly but I'm just looking for a ballpark. thx.

800-1000 bucks if it's done right



800-1000 bucks if it's done right
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May 10th, 2009 | 6:40 am

I would estimate it at about 4K
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May 10th, 2009 | 7:07 am
T C:

about 700 -1000 dollars
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May 10th, 2009 | 7:38 am

you may or may not be interested in this, but take a look:
Its not really a kit, per se, but just connectors that you can make a nice building out of, at your choice of size, for considerably less than a standard building.
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May 10th, 2009 | 8:01 am
steve h:

My guess is about 25 percent of the price one sees at home depot , the builder has to pay for his labor basicly doubles price of materials, and reatilor usally doubles price to pay for shipping delivery intrest excetra . my best guess
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May 10th, 2009 | 8:23 am

First you need to know the price of the wood and the concrete you will need.
Times the height and width of the walls and the roof. Figure out that and you'll know roughly how much wood you will need. Do the same with the cement slab, width x length x depth (4 inches Or so will do it) .. don't forget the gravel you'll need for underneath of the cement too. Then what ever else you need siding, shingles, a door even maybe a window. You might even might consider some electrical in there as well. Really call ..Rona or ..Home Depot. They will know more for you.
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May 10th, 2009 | 9:12 am

I did a 10 x 12 shed using a platform floor design, it cost me about $800 (and $100 of that was for paint — it was made almost entirely out of OSB, which eats paint voraciously). But that was a few years ago, and lumber prices have increased. So, prepare your plans, from them draw up a bill of materials, then go to your favorite lumber yard and price them out. One thing I did was to use screws for construction; the only nails in the whole thing are the roofing nails holding the roofing in place.
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May 10th, 2009 | 9:47 am
geezer 51:

well, if you can find a source of rough-cut lumber or saw-mill lumber you can save a lot of money that way. then you only need concrete, nails, tin for the roof, and glass for the window. course you might want to throw some insulation, tyvek, etc… in there .
it really just depends on how far you want to take it, as to how much you spend.
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May 10th, 2009 | 9:54 am

I would estimate around 900-1200 but alot depends on materials used IE siding and roof is it going to be insulated, doors can cost a little or a lot.I Personally I like Vinyl or steel for siding. Asphalt is easy to do it your self for roofing. I know you said 8×10 and I don't know where you want to put shed and if zoning bylaws will allow but I have built quite a few sheds and garages. 8×12 is an easier size and trust me that extra 2' will really come in handy. I agree most of the sheds they sell are pretty crappy and won't last very long. The worst are the cheap metal sheds. Duct tape and tinfoil would make a better shed….easier to get rid of after they fall apart too.
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May 10th, 2009 | 10:39 am
Amanda L:

Well, if you use recycled/salvaged wood, it will keep costs down considerably. Consider this case (shed built for $75):

In addition to being cheaper, it's better for the environment. Also look into the Habitat Restore in your area to see if you can get post-consumer windows and doors. Again, cheaper and keeps things out of landfills. And with the bonus that your money goes to a good cause (Habitat for Humanity)
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May 10th, 2009 | 11:19 am
Robert A:

I built an 8×10 guinea-chicken coop on a concrete slab. A contractor poured the slab with footers for $500. He included tie-down bolts that I attached to the 2"x4" treated sill plates. The building has a gambrel style roof which gives more headroom, but the walls are 6' high anyway. The whole structure cost about $1500 to $1800.
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May 10th, 2009 | 12:03 pm
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