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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Renovation5 min

Tips on Re-Siding in Historic Districts

If you own a home in a historic district, you can forget about replacing the existing siding with vinyl. Most historic districts require replacement siding to closely match the original, hence wood (or engineered wood) and brick. Understanding home building regulations based on historic overlays can help eliminate the headache during renovations, so it’s important to stay in the know before embarking on the project.

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Renovation5 min
Top Four Home Exterior Tips for Fall

With fall just around the corner, it’s time to plan how you will ensure your home’s exterior is ready for the cooler temperatures while also keeping up with the latest seasonal trends. Not sure where to start? We break down the top four home exterior tips for fall for a little inspiration.

Trends6 min
Using the Right Siding for a Ranch Home

Ranch-style home designs are known for low and wide single-story profiles, large picture windows, sliding glass doors and attached front garages. These close-to-the-ground homes were first built in the U.S. in the 1920s, but they didn’t gain widespread popularity until the post-World War II era into the 1970s. As suburbia spread, the ranch-style house became one of America’s favorites. The popularity of ranch-style homes waned in the ‘80s and ‘90s, but it’s making a comeback as younger homebuyers rediscover the ranch’s charm—much like they did with bungalows.

Maintenance4 min
What First-Time Buyers Should Know About Home Maintenance and Storage

Most first-time homebuyers arm themselves with a lot of information about mortgage interest rates and closing costs. What they sometimes overlook are the repair costs prior to moving into previously owned homes and the long-term maintenance costs associated with homeownership.