When space and clutter become an issue, particularly outside in the yard and garden areas, many people think of building their own outdoor storage sheds. After all, they seem quite simple structures to create, right? And yes they can be. But whether you should build a shed or buy one depends on a variety of factors.
If you are fairly handy with tools and you don't mind doing all the cutting, measuring, drilling and hammering, you might consider simply buying materials and building an outdoor shed of your own from scratch. In most cases, a simple wooden frame with some type of roof and walls will do the trick.
If you're good at design and building things by hand, you might even end up building something completely unique as a storage shed. And this can create an amazing feeling of accomplishment and pride. If however, you're not overly good at designing your own structures, or even if you're just not sure about the finer details that go into building an outdoor shed, you may end up with a final result that's less than pleasing. And in some cases, you might even end up with a home made outdoor storage shed that's a safety hazard too.
A better way to make sure you're building something well, even if it is built from scratch, is to buy an outdoor shed plan first. Buying an outdoor shed design plan will allow you to choose from a variety of beautiful, sturdy, useful shed designs that will compliment your home, yard and garden. You're still able to build the shed completely on your own of course, you'll just have useable plans to work from. This will ensure you'll end up with something that looks nice, and is safe to use too.
Now a nice alternative to building a shed of your own from scratch is to order an outdoor shed kit. Outdoor shed kits come with all the pieces you need to build your shed - including screws and other hardware - plus they have step by step assembly instructions that make building the shed fairly easy to do.
Building a shed from a kit tends to give you even more design options too. You could build a cottage or bungalow style outdoor shed completely from scratch, but the work involved is much more detailed, and you might have to wait for specialty parts to be ordered. By building your shed from a ready made kit instead, all of the various pieces, trim and accessories you want to build on to the shed are sent at once. This allows you to build the shed without having to worry about stopping and waiting for other pieces to come in, or having to go back to your tools and recut something that was done wrong the first time.
Build your own shed kits can be purchased in a variety of styles, sizes, and materials too. You can choose quaint little cottage style wooden shed kits, vinyl kits which look like small barns, or metal kids which are attractive but look like regular storage sheds. The options for building a shed yourself are wide open, so think about what tools and skills you have first, then decide whether building one from scratch, with a pre-made design, or from a kit is the best choice for you.