Renovation7 min

Buying a Shed vs. Building a Shed: Which Is Right for You?

Storage sheds make an ideal home for lawn equipment, gardening supplies and more, allowing you to cut down on indoor clutter and free up more room in the garage. If you’ve already decided a shed is in your future, you may be thinking about whether you should build it yourself or purchase a ready-made structure. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of buying a shed versus building a shed.

Buying a Shed

The biggest benefit of purchasing a shed from a professional shed builder is convenience. You can skip the time and hassle associated with building it yourself. When you choose to buy a storage shed, you will get an attractive, high-quality product that meets local building codes and will hold up well over time. You choose the design and options that best meet your needs, and you’ll know the price upfront. However, shed builders have to make a profit for their labor, so the finished shed will likely cost more than a structure you build yourself.

Conclusion: Buying a shed is the right choice if you lack the time and skills necessary to construct a quality building. However, if cost is your primary concern, building it yourself from shed plans may be a better option.

Building a Shed

Building a shed requires careful research and preparation. You first need to determine the best shed design and size for your needs, and find a high-quality plan to ensure a safe structure before you begin building. Depending on your location, you may need to obtain a building permit prior to the start of construction. You will need to select and purchase materials for the foundation, frame and siding. If you want an outdoor storage shed with a floor, you will also need to choose a durable flooring material. The construction of a shed is time-consuming and requires careful attention to detail to ensure that the structure will last.

Conclusion: Building a shed requires a serious commitment of time, including research of plans and materials, acquiring supplies and materials, and construction. Without attention to detail, the final structure may not be attractive or function properly. However, it is often less expensive than purchasing a ready-made shed.

Buy a Quality Shed Today

If you prefer the convenience of buying a shed, LP Outdoor Building Solutions can recommend shed dealers that offer beautiful, durable, well-crafted outdoor structures. Find a shed dealer that offers the right structure for you.

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Trends5 min

Why More Homeowners Are Choosing Prefinished Siding…And You Should Too

As time fades, so do exterior remodeling trends. One trend we aren’t seeing losing its appeal anytime soon, however, is prefinished siding. If you’re a homeowner considering a residing project, prefinished siding materials are certainly worth exploring. The pros that come with using prefinished siding range from project efficiency advantages like time/labor savings and a cleaner jobsite to aesthetic benefits like color consistency and durability.

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Renovation5 min
A Homeowner’s Perspective: How to Navigate the Renovation Planning Process

When considering an exterior remodel, homeowners can often be intimidated by the layers of planning and countless decisions to be made…from choosing the right remodeler to selecting lasting materials to picking out a paint color. With a large investment, it’s vital for homeowners to put in the time to ensure they are making the right choices throughout the planning process to achieve their desired result.

Curb Appeal5 min
Using the Right Siding for a Craftsman Home

Today’s craftsman-style homes are variations of the ones first built in America in the late 1890s in a revolt against the overly ornate Victorian style of the day. The name was coined by the founder of Craftsman magazine, which was devoted to ensuring “serious architecture” was accessible for working-class families.

Renovation7 min
5 Tips for Getting an Accurate Siding Estimate

You’ve noticed your home’s siding could use a face lift. Maybe your siding is cracked, has damaging build-up or perhaps the passage of time has taken a toll on its appearance. With the primary purpose of exterior siding being to add a protective layer to your home, you’ve decided it’s time for a siding repair or replacement. Now what?