If you are short of storage space in your backyard, then a shed is the best and most affordable solution. They can be built and customized to various sizes; even pre-built units are available at most major super hardware stores. Pre-built sheds costs range from $300-400.00 and up. Some come pre-assembled; including, insulation on the walls and ceiling.
Most of these sheds are made of 2x4's and Â½ inch plywood construction, and can be situated anywhere in your yard. Keep in mind that if your shed contains heavy snow blowers or other bigger items, it is wise not to put the shed too far back in your yard. Also, your access and usage of these items may require a concrete walkway or patio stones to easily move these machines across your backyard in times of mud or snow.
Most contractors and homeowners alike think that building a shed is as simple as 1, 2, and 3! Well, the experts agree that shed construction should be left to a professional carpenter that knows the layout of your yard, its drainage, the climate, and what you need to store in the shed. You will soon come to realize that the shed you build will unavoidably fill up with all sorts of things; the idea is to store your special stuff in a secure and safe place, protected from the elements, and strange prying eyes. A shed is not a garage!
Sheds can have lighting, heating, and other electronics, should you need to work in them after dark or in the cold. It is also considered best to situate them on a separate concrete pad for added support and to prevent ground swelling during the winter. It's also a wise option to insulate below the floor and walls, with fibreglass or a rigid type of insulation that will fit.
Additionally, consider creating a slope on the shingled roof, running towards the back of the shed and away from the sheds door. In this way, snow and ice may not drip on your head as you open the shed and need to access your stuff. Knowing what you are going to keep in the shed will determine its size. Size equals cost, so also decide on a budget for this project or purchase. Bracket hangers, shelves, and hooks can also be installed, depending on your needs.
Security can be an issue if you are planning to store some expensive equipment or tools in this shed. The doors or windows of this shed need to be soundly built and secured with a good quality lock as needed. Insurance for its contents should also be considered.
To professionally build a 6x12 shed with a concrete pad, completely insulated, may cost up to $2500.00 to build, labour and materials included. The carpenter can build the unit with screws so that should you decide to take it down or re-use it elsewhere, it can be easily disassembled. Again, the size of the shed will determine the cost.