Posted by admin on May 10, 2009
i play the drums in a band and they seem to get on everybodys nerves, so i need a new place to play. i just need to know how much it would cost to build a shed that would hold 4 teenagers, a drum kit, amps, mics, recording equipment, and be soundproofed.
There are a few things you could consider to accomplish what you are looking for.
You could have a contractor or handyman build you the shed and I think it would run you about $15.00 per square foot for materials, not including windows, insulation or drywall. You would also need some type of ventilation system because the inside of shed can really get hot. This can be accomplished by using ridge vent on the roof and some small vents in the overhang if possible. You can even use a good roof ventilator that is powered by the wind or you even get a solar power one. To find out more about venting just click on the following link.
To get someone to construct this for you, the cost would depend on the size. Typically, for someone that builds these a lot I would think a crew of 2 men could build an average size shed in 1 day or possibly 2 days. So you would be looking at about $400.00 to $800.00 labor at $25.00 per hour each, depending on the size.
You can check with Home Depot or Lowe's for a complete shed kit which includes a wood floor to save some money.
Click on the following link to find out more.
You will need to run electricity back to it so you could but and window air conditioner, but for as little as $300.00 you can get and stand alone unit that will give you both heat and air conditioning and all you would have to do is vent it outside.
The following link will provide you with more about these and other units.
You will also need to have an electrician get you hooked up with electric. Usually this means running and underground wire from the electric panel in your house with a possible small sub panel in the shed and then you would need to have it wire for lighting, switches and outlets to code. One of the reasons I would recommend a sub panel in the shed is because if you ever trip a breaker, you won't have to go back inside the house to turn the juice back on again.
For a price on doing the electric work, you would need to get estimates from a few electricians.
Now as for the soundproofing. Most people will put insulation in the walls and ceiling and then install drywall and hope that the area will be soundproofed. To really be able to soundproof the room so that you won't disturb anyone, think about installing QuietRock wall board instead of standard drywall.
Click on the following link to and article on QuiteRock and them click on the link at the bottom of the article to go to their website and you will be able to click on some audio files to hear for yourself what a difference this product makes.
I hope this helps. Rick