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Garden Sheds: Answers to 7 Popular Questions

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You want to keep your backyard looking spectacular and tidy at the same time. That means a place to store garden tools, pulling weeds at the right time and keeping the flower beds in tiptop shape. A portable garden shed can help keep your backyard looking good (sorry, it can't pull the weeds!)

However, trying to find the perfect storage shed can be time-consuming with all the options out there. But with the right answers to your questions, it doesn't need to be too difficult. Here are some questions to ask before pulling the trigger on purchasing a garden shed.

#1. How do I build a garden shed?

building a garden shed

There are basically three ways to get the Garden Shed of your dreams. You can build a shed yourself, buy a DIY shed kit or purchase a fully assembled building for your backyard. Let's go through the options one-by-one.

Build the Storage Shed Yourself!

Yes, you can build a shed yourself. There are plenty of resources on the web on how to build a backyard garden shed step by step. You need the materials, a plan, and creativity. When you build your own garden shed, you get to enjoy the sweet satisfaction of building something with your own two hands.

Photo credits: The Family Handyman

Keep in mind, that building a shed is not for everyone! Be prepared to spend plenty of days working on your storage space as they are not as simple as they look. If you're not too familiar with building, you might want to consider other options. 

Need some ideas for your new garden shed? Check out our Unique Storage Sheds Uses article for some ideas and features you could add to your new shed! 

Buy a DIY Garden Shed Kit from a Shed Builder

If you know a bit about building, but don't want to take the time for a full-fledged building project, a garden shed kit is a great way to get it done. You will get your hands dirty without having to figure out all the details. This is how it works. You pick the storage shed you want, many of the parts are assembled and stacked (walls, rafters, doors etc), then the package is delivered so you can assemble the garden shed yourself. That's it! Shed kits give you the freedom to build when and how you want while also providing quality from a trusted company like Sheds Unlimited. You can learn how to assemble the outdoor shed with our storage shed kits video.

A Premier Garden Storage Shed build by Sheds Unlimited

Have the storage shed built for you!

The easiest choice is simply buying a prefabricated garden shed that is simply delivered to your home and placed on a prepared shed pad. You'll simply find a local shed builder, figure out which garden shed you want, place the order and wait for delivery. You can still get some of the satisfaction of making it yourself by using a 3D Shed Builder to fully customize your own garden storage building! 

Having a storage shed built for you may cost slightly more upfront, but it will save you plenty in terms of time and stress!

#2. What type of Garden Shed is best?

Ok, this is a question that can really only be answered by the size of your yard and your preferences. At Sheds Unlimited, Garden sheds come in multiple styles and sizes including 5 different style storage sheds, a 2 story storage shed, and 3 different styles of siding! Depending on the size of your yard and style you like best will be the main influencer of your decision! As far as size, style, color, and options, here are a couple of examples of the many outdoor sheds you may choose from:

8x10 minibarn garden shed

MiniBarn Garden Sheds

If you are looking for something low cost to store your basic garden equipment, this may be the one for you. This MiniBarn shed offers you:

  • Low cost
  • 21+ color options
  • 5 year warranty
vinyl garden shed

Premier Workshop Garden Sheds

This shed is great if you want a bit more eye candy in a backyard shed that also provides you with the storage space you desire. A few highlights include:

  • Four 24x36 windows plus four transome windows
  • Metal or wood grain trim options
  • Option of a dormer for an extra fancy touch
premier dutch garden shed

Dutch Barn Garden Sheds

The Dutch Barn Shed is a popular, beautiful, and spacious outdoor shed that will provide you plenty of room for general storage but also extra storage as well with its high roof. 

  • Lots of Overhead Storage space (with an added loft)
  • 20 Miles Free Delivery 
  • Old-fashioned Dutch Look
2 story garden shed

Two Story Garden Shed

The two-story shed provides workspace, comfort, and storage. This custom shed also gives you:

  • Choice of a Barn style or a Workshop Style
  • Full second floor and Stairway included
  • Nearly 2x regular storage shed space

#3. How much to build a garden shed?

The pricing of your garden shed really depends on the size and style of the storage shed you choose plus any options you want to add. Quite simply, building an outdoor shed can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $20,000. For example, the pricing for a Premier Workshop Garden Shed ranges from an 8x8 for $2,674 to a 16x48 for $19,504. 

Listed below are a few garden sheds in our collection along with their prices:

10x12 minibarn garden shed

MiniBarn Garden Shed

This awesome looking Barn Shed is one of the lowest cost outdoor sheds out there. The starting price for an 8x10 MiniBarn garden shed is around $1,500.

This shed could fit general storage, lawn care equipment, one riding mower, etc. This is a really good choice if you are in need of a storage shed and tight on money.

standard workshop garden shed

Standard Workshop Vinyl Garden Shed

If you want a shed that is maintenance-free, this will do the job! This storage space is one of the most common, and one of the favorites amongst the other sheds.

The workshop shed provides plenty of space for your backyard or outdoor life at a great price. A 10x14 standard garden shed starts around $2,458

classic saltbox garden shed

Classic Saltbox Garden Shed

The Saltbox provides a unique "New England History" design that will have your backyard looking pleasing and also tidy with plenty of storage room to stock it up.

Keep in mind, this outdoor shed has a lower back wall than the front meaning less headroom. The starting price for an 8x12 Saltbox Garden Shed is around $2,368

modern garden shed

Modern Garden Shed

The modern styled shed is a beautifully designed storage shed that offers the desired space you are looking for and also a great look to your yard.

This magnificent storage space comes in 2 different styles: The Studio 1 modern shed, and the Urban 360. This shed starts at around $7,439 for an 8x12.

#4. Where can I buy a garden shed?

There are multiple ways to find the perfect garden shed. You can find a shed builder online (like you just did :) or visit a local builder. Many areas also have resellers who buy from the manufacturers and then resell garden sheds in Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and many other states. If you want to save some money, think about buying directly from the manufacturer. 

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Sheds Unlimited

Speaking of the manufacturer... Sheds Unlimited has been selling directly to consumers for decades. We're a premium provider of storage sheds, backyard barns, prefab car garages for PA, NJ, NY, CT, DE, MD, VA, and some other surrounding states. We've been building people their dream sheds since 1988 and we've built up a loyal fanbase of happy customers. Read our reviews

We were incredibly impressed with Sheds Unlimited. They were super organized, extremely hard-working, and did a great job. The quality of the shed is excellent, and we are very happy. - Michelle Curran

If you do choose Sheds Unlimited, we can either build you a custom shed or you can choose from a wide variety of different sized storage sheds in our inventory

Search for a Garden Shed on the Internet

Yeah, that's a generic answer, but the internet is a great spot to look when in the market for basically anything. The internet provides many market platforms to buy sheds from, like Craigslist (great for used sheds), HomeDepot.com (good for low-cost options), and Amazon, to name a few. However, purchasing a shed online can be risky because anybody can post anything online and it can be hard to know what you will actually be getting. As previously mentioned, always make sure to check the reviews of sellers and specific products!

That being said, we do recommend going to a physical store or storage shed manufacturer as the smartest idea. Make sure to check the shed reviews of any company you choose to buy a shed from. You want to make sure you buy from a trusted, well-known storage building manufacturer or dealer that will stand behind their products. 

#5. How do I supply electricity to a garden shed?

solar powered garden shed

Solar Power

Solar energy is an option for getting electric power into your shed. This is done by installing solar panels either on top of or beside your garden shed. Using solar energy is cleaner and could save you a lot of money in the long run. There are other benefits though, like lower power costs and environmental impacts.

garden shed with electric

Underground Power

Many people get power to their shed via an underground cable from the electric panel in their home. They connect the panel to a wire that runs all the way underground to their backyard shed. Be sure to hire a licensed professional, as this is a very dangerous job if done wrong.

#6. Is planning permission or a permit required for a garden shed?

So, you're thinking about buying a shed for your backyard, but what does your local town have to say about that idea? Well, in some cases, you should not need a permit for your shed. Some towns require a permit over a certain side. However, even if you don't need a permit, there may be a possibility you will need a storm and water plan. That being said, make sure you follow all of your state and county rules for planning and zoning! 

A couple of things to be aware of: be aware of setback regulations (how close buildings can be to property lines), restrictions on buildings that will be lived in, and any local regulations on electricity and plumbing (if applicable). Always be sure to check with your local municipality for specific regulations!

#7. Does a garden shed need a concrete base?

gravel shed pad

The answer is no, a concrete base is not required for any type of storage shed. Nevertheless, a garden shed should have a stone shed pad to make sure it holds up. 

As shown in the picture, the base used for this shed was gravel. In fact, we have an entire tutorial on how to prepare a gravel shed pad for your convenience. 

Thank you for joining us! We hope this helps you answer some of your outdoor shed questions. A garden shed is an amazing building to have in your backyard, get started toward owning yours today!

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Outstanding....garage was exactly as they stated. It was placed with care and treated like it was going on their property... Great experience with them......would recommend them to everyone needing a shed or garage.......thanks guys you rock!!

Dave freiling from Hatboro , pa

I ordered a shed to replace an older one that was starting to fall apart. The website was extremely easy to use and I had what I wanted identified when I called. It was very easy to order and the shed was delivered exactly when they promised. The construction of the shed was excellent. I look forward to many good years with this building.

Mark Brittingham from Royersford, PA

We have just received our Classic Woodshop Shed and it is Beautiful!

We started our journey with Sheds Unlimited with Mark Beachey; he walked us through all the different features and price points and was extremely patient with us in our decision process. He was very helpful and knowledgeable. We finally selected the Classic Woodshop Shed and started planning for its arrival. We explained to Mark that we would be traveling and that mid September would be the best time for the Shed to be delivered. Mark stated that that would coincide with their building schedule and we should have no problems getting it delivered in that time frame. Mark was a delight to work with.

We were told in an email that Austin Beachey would be handling the coordination of the delivery and to contact him via email. This is where communication seemed to break down. We sent our email, with a picture of our completed pad, and received no response. We called, to speak to Austin, and the receptionist stated that she could not locate him. We provided our phone number and email address, and were assured that Austin would reply to our phone call. After waiting a week with no response, we called a second time and attempted to speak to Austin, but we were in the mountains and the phone signal was very weak on our end. We were able to let him know that we would send a second email with pad picture to start the delivery planning. The second email was sent, with pad picture, and we received no response. After the third email, we finally heard from Austin and received a tentative delivery date of sometime the following week or the beginning of the week after. No real date was provided. Then we waited and waited and waited. At the end of the first week we sent another email query, and this time Austin responded. He said that he had responded to our most recent communications, but the email that he sent to us with the “delivery date” had gotten stuck in his draft folder. It happens. Chalk it up to electronics. We accepted that and moved on. We were given a delivery date of Monday September 25 at 2:30. GREAT! Finally the shed would be here. Got a call Monday morning on the 25th from Austin stating that the driver was going to be delayed and it was going to be closer to 4:30 pm. No problem. Shed was going to be here at 4:30 … still no problem.

Delivery of the shed: 4:30 p.m. - no shed … 5:30 – no shed. The delivery truck finally showed up around 6:30 p.m.; two hours late. That I dealt with, BUT at 6:30 at night it was starting to get dark. By the time the one and only person that delivered the shed was able to get it off the truck and onto the Mule, it was very dark. We helped guide the driver in getting the shed from the truck to and positioned on the pad. Our lot is 300 feet deep and very dark where he had to place the shed. We had to provide lights for the driver to be able to see to put the shed on the pad. Finally got the shed on the pad and situated around 8:45 pm. Our delivery driver was great and worked very hard to get the job done. We give him 5 stars.

Keys to the shed: We do not have a key to get into the shed. The driver explained that he normally has a Master Key that will open the door and allow us access to the shed's interior to get our set of keys for the shed locks and to inspect the shed. The driver did not have a Master Key to enter the shed. He stated that he had explained this fact to Austin, but that piece of information was not provided when Austin notified us of the later than expected delivery of our shed. The driver explained that, when we called to pay for the shed, we should ask to have a key delivered to us. We’ve had the shed two days, and we have yet to enter our shed to inspect it. When I spoke to the receptionist the next morning, she stated that the company is mailing us a key and it will take about 3 days; we believe the key should have been FedEx’ed overnight.

Recommendations: Have someone personally contact (not via email) the customer regarding the pre delivery and post delivery to ensure everything is on track and all parties are kept informed. This allows all parties involved to communicate any unexpected circumstances and to solve issues before they become problems. Always have two delivery drivers. Getting the shed off of the flat bed, on to the Mule, and moved to the pad is a very impressive operation, but the process is filled with moments of danger. If the delivery driver had gotten hurt, the customer would have had no idea how to give aide … Safety above all else!

The bottom line is that we will highly recommend Shed's Unlimited to friends and family; we would go back to Shed's Unlimited to purchase another shed should we need one; and we were happy with most of the process. We acknowledge that the communication challenges could have been handled better on our end. Thank you ALL for your work in planning, building, scheduling and the delivery of our beautiful new shed.

Bob and Karen Moen from Portsmouth, VA

Stellar experience from beginning to end. Time line was better than what we expected. Communication by internet was informative and the pay off was the man that made the delivery. This fellow had the longest trailer I ever saw. He came into my town onto my small street, unloaded his mule, unloaded our shed and in less than 15 minutes set the shed on our slab. This man is a real pro and a good testimony for Sheds Unlimited.

ThomasGraham from Cape May Point, NJ

We are very happy with the shed and the quality with which it was build. Also, your delivery guy was incredible! He had to get the shed in a tight place and he did it. Loved his attitude and his skill. Truly grateful for the quality product and service.

Paul from Harrisburg

My shed build was a challenge as it was hard to pin down the City's zoning rules. Ben and his crew worked great with us to make sure we adhered to all zoning laws by making changes as we needed to. Ben was right on the money with the build out date and handed things over to Austin. Austin worked around my work schedule and the bad weather we were having in our area as well as theirs. Delivery was right on time and was proficient as could be. We have a thin but long backyard and the driver (I really wish I had his name so he could get the recognition he deserves) had no issue wedging our new shed in with ease. We did have a slight issue with the concrete anchors but the driver assured me it was not an issue and would be taken care of. Austin then had Sergey swing by the very next day on his way to another delivery and knocked them right out for us. I just can't say how pleased I was with the communication and build from the 1st. day of contact until today's finish. Thanks Sheds Unlimited Crew.

 

Terry Martin from Baltimore, MD

We purchased a 12x8 gambrel roof shed with a loft, it was delivered Dec 1,2016 and we love it , the delivery man was great I couldn't believe how easy he made it look taking the shed off the trailer with a tiny tractor and placing the shed in my backyard. The shed is very well built (2x4's) and I couldn't come close to the price I paid in Penn. around in long island. The whole buying experience was wonderful and would buy again from these professional people.

roger sokenis from hicksville, new york

Great customer service and great shed!

Chris D from Hawthorne, NY

Unbelievable group of individuals that produce an extremely high quality product. My 10x14 ft shed was built to the highest standards. Nothing exists anywhere here in the finger lakes region that was even close. Pictures  depict the product very well. But delivery, confirmation on all levels with the build and follow up were  beyond excellent. This is hands down the best construction firm for garages and sheds that I have seen. Extremely honest. Their delivery equipment and tools are the best. New hydraulic heavy duty tilting trailer and the best of tools. They are extremely fast but never sacrifice quality for speed. Very enjoyable to do business with...would recommend to anyone. You get what you pay for.  They are the best... !!! Will use them again... and they are nearly 300 miles away. 

Mike S from Corning New York

I am very happy with the shed I just bought it is built very good its the best built shed I have ever seen its got more then enough room I get so many people who love it I have one friend who took the phone number and web address he wants to buy one to thanks for all your help and placing it where I wanted it to its looks perfect to where its sits in my yard I am glad I went with he 10X12 work shop shed yours Keith

keith mackjabee from Parsonsburg Mayland