Congratulations! You have decided to buy a backyard shed, as a new personal office and hang-out area. It should be easy on the eyes, and wired for lights. You are considering adding heat and air-conditioning.
Yet there’s a major hurdle: you recoil at the idea of assembling children’s toys and furniture, let alone a full shed. Someone else is going to have to build this structure for you, while you somehow pay and support their efforts.
Let’s start by looking at pre-fabs, one of six ways to buy a shed. Here are three Modern-Shed examples, pretty much the same structures with different siding and placements. Pretty sweet, no?
Six ways to buy sheds
With only a little tongue-in-cheek, we identified six approaches to buying and building your shed. Your decision naturally depends on trade-offs of time and money. The list is ordered from priciest, sky’s the limit to perhaps a couple grand. Which approach would you take?
The Ultimate: Get an architect who will deal with everything, along with their hired construction crew. It’s your dream, fulfilled.
The Practical: Go to a garden place where you see nice sheds and gazebos built. Talk with the builders, place an order and await delivery and set-up.
The Possible: Pre-fab and kit sheds look awfully nice, and get shipped to your door. You pay extra for their assembly team or hire someone local.
The Good Enough: You head to a place selling sheds and gazebos (see #2) and pick something that’s already built. It is good enough for now.
The Active: You find a great set of plans online and buy them! Now turn to friends and family to get materials. Hire someone local to build it.
The Almost DIY: You have plans in hand, hunt for salvaged materials, widen your circle of friends and family, and arrange weekend-only work parties.