Buying an outbuilding is a mid-sized purchase for most of us, and while it’s not as big of a commitment as say, buying a house, you’ll still want to plan for it and be sure you choose the option that’s right for you. With a little guidance this can be a purchase that isn’t too time consuming and ends up being a rewarding and gratifying experience.
Choosing your Building Materials
You have more to take into consideration than only the price when choosing your materials. Each type of shed has its own set of benefits and faults, be sure to choose the option that best suits you. Wood outbuildings, while a little more expensive, have a more rustic feel and are a lot easier on the eyes than metal.
At the same time, metal sheds are not only more cost effective, but are extremely strong. Wood has the potential of being attacked by termites and metal could possibly rust. When making your choice, think about the climate and conditions of your yard and which material better suits you. While thinking about this, remember there are plastic and fiberglass options to choose from as well, with their own sets of benefits and pitfalls.
Size of your Outbuilding
While thinking about what size shed you would most benefit from, think not only of the workspace inside of the shed but also that the shed is going to take up a section of your yard. Planning a shed that is excessive in size may be a choice you’ll soon regret. Also, the bigger you decide for your outbuilding to be, the harder it will be on your wallet.
Outbuildings used purely for storage can be built very tall and thin- they can provide the same storage space, while saving you money and not taking away from your yard. Try to keep an open mind and choose a size that fits your individual needs.
This is a category that will be different for everyone. All depending on your own personal financial situation and what you’re looking for in an outbuilding. If you’re someone who really doesn’t have the money but needs some kind of solution for an outdoor workspace, find the best deal and run with it. Remember that most of the cheap quick fixes on the market probably won’t last more than a couple of years.
If you have a little more money and are looking for a more long term investment or improvement on your home, consider spending a little more. The more expensive, high quality options can last years and years on end.
Kit building or Ready Made?
If you have a little extra time on your hands, you can save fifteen to twenty percent off the total cost of your outbuilding by choosing a shed building kit. Here are two great reasons to consider buying a kit. First, you can purchase your kit online and have a much broader variety to choose from. Second, constructing your outbuilding yourself can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience. If you love working with your hands or putting stuff together, buying a kit is probably a good choice for you.
Or… Do it Yourself!
For the highly motivated, there is always the possibility of constructing your outbuilding using only blueprints and materials. (Yes it can be done.) If this idea appeals to you- you may want to consider purchasing some blueprints online. It will only cost you $20 to $50 and will save you a lot of time and effort in the building stage.
Building a shed yourself will also require some basic construction skills, a good eye for materials and precise planning. Beware- if you don’t know what you’re doing, you may regret going this route!
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