Before you click off this scintillating topic, at least see the pictures! Actually shed shopping can be a real eye opener. It’s almost like buying a car. Some sales people have you running for the door within minutes. Others you want to bring back home to cook for them. Prices vary so widely it’s a mystery how many of these shops stay in business. Others make you wonder what’s NOT included in the price.
But here’s what I learned in a hurry. There are several different materials used to construct a shed as well as different ways to build one. Some come with warranties, while others require annual maintenance. Vents are and should be
gratis, and door sizes are very negotiable. Don’t go to a home-improvement store. Without exception, they are grossly overpriced. On the other hand, you can use that 2-year, no-interest option, which does make them seem like a deal, but the numbers speak for themselves.
Whatever you went looking for, consider buying bigger. I walked into 50 sheds today, and they seemed to get smaller and smaller each time. When the day was over, I opted for a 12′ by 20′, which, for now, seems big enough for my gardening toys, but who knows about next year. Normally anything over 12′ by 12′ will require a permit, so off to the county office I went. I need a schematic to accompany the application, and an inspection when it’s completed. But according to everyone involved, barring bad weather, this is a one-day build. I will definitely stay home and watch.
I’m getting a stripped down shed, and will install my own windows, window boxes and benches. That way I can decide on sizes and place them where they will do the most good. I took my own advice and got the basic T1-11 because I am going to cedar-shake shingle it almost immediately. It does have two lofts, one on each end, and it is 12 feet tall. In the meantime, I’ve added some pictures of sheds I didn’t buy, but I’ll be sure to put up a picture of mine, after I trick it out, as they say here in NC. I would use the word “bling.”