Build a Budget-Friendly Shed
Get ample storage and traditional styling on a budget of just $2000.
Synopsis: Can a shed be stylish and affordable? That was the question that spurred the design of this traditionally styled backyard storage shed. The answer is yes, but only by spending more time in the design phase, choosing and using materials creatively, and being willing to put in some extra time and effort. The results are a shed that not only looks better than most and has plenty of storage but that achieves these goals while sticking to a relatively modest budget.
Call me a building snob if you want, but I think most sheds are ugly. The response when I say this to people is usually, “Yeah, but who cares what it looks like if it gets the job done?”
In some ways, I agree. I have no problem with an ultracheap or even downright homely storage shed that is being built just to keep tools and equipment out of the weather. But why settle for an oddly proportioned, poorly built shed that isn’t durable, is adorned with appliques that don’t match the main house (or even the region of the country the shed is located in), and doesn’t offer enough storage space or the right type of access to suit its purpose—especially when even the smallest of these lackluster factory-built sheds cost thousands of dollars?
I challenged myself to design a shed that provides lots of storage but that can be built for a low price. To meet the needs of most homeowners, a shed must be bigger than 8×10 or even 10×12, so I set my sights on a 10×16 structure. For the budget, I set a goal of $2000, which I knew would be difficult to meet. The final challenge: The shed had to look better than the low-pitched, cheaply clad, cookie-cutter…