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Old 04-18-2018, 11:59 AM   #1
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I am looking at a storage shed for the yard to help with the clutter in my garage. I can put a building under 100 sq ft without any city permitting and I do not have an HOA. I have a slab that will fit a 8x10 building fairly well. I have looked at the Tuff Shed 8x10. This is about $1700 painted and delivered. I have also looked at the Chaparral metal skinned building. It has wood framing and it is the same price. I am concerned with durability and quality of construction. Ideally I want something that I can move if I buy land or sell if I leave the area. I had considered building one but the material cost will be over $1,000 and will take me many days. I would be working for real cheap and probably not doing as good of a job.

I have also seen the Mueller backyard buildings. The only one they sell under 100 sq ft is a 6x9 that will be roughly $1550 delivered and I will have to assemble. It is not on skids and I would have to set that up when I built it.

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Old 04-18-2018, 04:06 PM   #2
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I'm in the same boat. I've been looking at Affordable Wood Sheds
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Old 04-18-2018, 04:41 PM   #3
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Doesn't look like they come all the way out here. I looked at the Tuff Shed and the Chaparral in person. I can't say I am real impressed with their quality. I may try to build one knowing that I will be paying myself less than minimum wage to do it.
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Old 04-18-2018, 04:43 PM   #4
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I built a 16x10 in the backyard for less than $1500. No concrete, raised pier and beam type floor. Took me a couple of weekends to complete, but it's been worth it to me. Most of the prefabbed buildings aren't built as sturdy for the money. IMO.
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Old 04-18-2018, 05:05 PM   #5
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Build one. All those cheap sheds are just that, cheap sheds.
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Old 04-18-2018, 05:09 PM   #6
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I just complied a material list for an 8x10 using Home Depot and Lowe's for pricing. It will be $1200 in materials. I can fix just about anything but building has never been my strong point. I am considering doing it as a learning experience and maybe a chance to let my boys see me lose my cool and yell for a few days The cost effective solution is to buy one.
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Old 04-18-2018, 05:10 PM   #7
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I built a 16x10 in the backyard for less than $1500. No concrete, raised pier and beam type floor. Took me a couple of weekends to complete, but it's been worth it to me. Most of the prefabbed buildings aren't built as sturdy for the money. IMO.
That was the feeling i got looking at them. I know enough about construction to know what a shiner is when nailing down sheeting. If I pay 2k for a shed I would expect it to be done right. I think I am dreaming though...
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Old 04-18-2018, 06:56 PM   #8
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IMO if I were building or having built in a suburban setting I would go with the wood type due it fitting into its surrounding environment. For durability and moving in the future IMO the metal skin would be better. For the money or trouble it would take to move it would it really be worth it?
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Old 04-18-2018, 09:52 PM   #9
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Metal sheds “sweet” especially small ones
Call Chris Lynd at Ulrich in Venus TX, he can get you a new or re-po she’d or a custom cabin,
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Old 04-18-2018, 10:03 PM   #10
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I got a derksen after lots of shopping.
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Old 04-18-2018, 10:06 PM   #11
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Metal sheds “sweet” especially small ones
Call Chris Lynd at Ulrich in Venus TX, he can get you a new or re-po she’d or a custom cabin,
Those look similar to what I have been shopping. They are $500 or so more expensive and delivery would be pretty steep. I hit Lowe's tonight and checked out their stuff but same level of quality as the others.
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Old 04-18-2018, 10:07 PM   #12
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I got a derksen after lots of shopping.
I talked to them today on the phone. The man here told me they do not make a 8x10 in metal. There website is fairly confusing.
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Old 04-19-2018, 08:07 AM   #13
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Anything but the junk from Home Depot or Lowes.
I am in the process of putting up an enclosed Mueller 12x21 Backyard bldg to replace a 12x20 carport shed. Gonna cost me about $4k. Gotta get a permit and have a survey done before I can erect it. For the $$$ Mueller is your best prefab building. If you go metal hurry up before the price goes up again. Mueller's original quote to me was only good for a week and then went up 10%.
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Old 04-19-2018, 03:06 PM   #14
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IMO if I were building or having built in a suburban setting I would go with the wood type due it fitting into its surrounding environment. For durability and moving in the future IMO the metal skin would be better. For the money or trouble it would take to move it would it really be worth it?
I think you are right. A typical metal style building would probably stick out in my neighborhood even though it will be in my back yard and can't be seem from the street or over my fence. Hard to say if I will ever move it. I just hate spending money on something like this unless I feel it is not all wasted. Just the way my mind works.
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Old 04-21-2018, 09:06 PM   #15
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Well I decided to take the plunge. I am not much of a builder. I once tried to build a dog house but quit half way through and bought one at War-Mart. Time will tell if I made a mistake. I do have tools and friends that will let me borrow their tools. I know how to read a tape measure and cut a straight line. After looking at many buildings I have decided my horrible construction skills are on par with the skills of those who would be building my shed. I decided to make an 8x12. I anticipate the cost will be roughly $1300. I am going into this knowing it will not be worth it to build it myself. I am hoping to learn some construction skills and spend quality time with my boys. I plan on building the trusses tomorrow. I have a busy two weeks coming up. Hopefully I can get a few hours in tomorrow and maybe 1 or 2 days this week for an hour or so. Anyone else considering learning to build a shed can use this to help in their decision to build their own.



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Old 04-22-2018, 07:20 AM   #16
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That's a good start
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Old 04-22-2018, 10:53 AM   #17
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Looks like you have a good idea as to what you are doing. Only major issue I see so far is that you posted 4 pictures of a current construction project and there is not a single beer can in any of the pictures, which means there is no way that building will ever be square

LOL, looks good
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Old 04-22-2018, 08:04 PM   #18
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I got all of the trusses built today. I made a truss jig as found in the plans. I cut the trusses all to the same angle. When I stood them up side by side it didn't look pretty. Plans say to stagger and use the tallest in the center and the shortest on the sides. I had maybe 1/2" of variance in the height. I also framed the gable ends. I now have to frame in the door later in the week because I ran out of wood tonight. I put the siding on the rear gable. I was within 1/8" of square and the siding still didn't go on perfect. There must be a trick to lining it up but I didn't figure it out. Good thing this is the back side. I cut all of the studs and cut my plates for both of the side walls. I had to wrap it up tonight. I hope to have a few hours Wednesday evening to work on the door.




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Old 04-26-2018, 08:21 PM   #19
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Got a chance to do a little tonight. I finished the gable end wall that has the door. It is complete and trimmed out, I will just need to cut out the door once I stand the walls. I began work on the sidewalls tonight. I got one side framed and sheeted but not completely nailed. I ran out of time. I should be able to devote 2-3 hours to the project Saturday morning and hopefully get a decent work day in Sunday.





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Old 04-27-2018, 10:35 AM   #20
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I was going to put a ridge vent on. The roof line will be 12" anyone know if I should get 12' of ridge vent or will 4' or 8' suffice?
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Old 04-27-2018, 10:47 AM   #21
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Hey, you've got some skills! Good job
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Old 04-28-2018, 01:18 PM   #22
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Got 4 hours in this am. Too many shiners for me but I think I can cut them off and renail.


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Old 05-02-2018, 03:14 PM   #23
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Lookin good so far. oughta be done soon. 4 walls & a roof.
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Old 05-03-2018, 07:57 AM   #24
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looking good!
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Old 05-03-2018, 08:04 AM   #25
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Congrats on your project, looking good.
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Old 05-03-2018, 10:11 AM   #26
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Had a long work day Sunday and a few hours yesterday. Ended up with a 4’ ridge vent and I built shelves inside. I used solar board for roof sheeting to help with the heat inside. I need to finish painting it this weekend



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Old 05-03-2018, 10:21 AM   #27
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Looks good! I need to do one in my backyard now!ha

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Old 05-05-2018, 03:09 PM   #28
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Old 05-05-2018, 03:31 PM   #29
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Looks good. Now that's how to start a thread with a good ending on your part.
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Old 05-05-2018, 04:34 PM   #30
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My girlfriend finished painting it today. Total for a 8x12 came out to $1323.09 in materials and 52.5 man hours of labor. This is not including the child labor I was able to exploit . This does not include the time watching Youtube videos learning how to build.
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Old 05-05-2018, 04:52 PM   #31
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You did a great job on your shed. In a timely manner also.
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Old 05-06-2018, 02:31 PM   #32
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man that really looks good-congrats I may attempt a 8x12 salt box
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Old 05-13-2018, 11:25 PM   #33
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That looks awesome, mate!
The bear pic is a must, too. )
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