Is It Cheaper To Build Your Own Shed?

Taking the DIY route when building a shed may initially be cheaper than buying one. But this doesn’t necessarily mean it will cost you less, but it could save you more money in the long run. It also has the potential to result in a better job if you meet the following requirements:

  • Tools and materials needed
  • The commitment of time to labour
  • Level of expertise (a little knowledge will do) or the willingness to learn
  • Get more of your money in exchange for the amount you spent

If you have these assets available, it shouldn’t be too hard on your end and your wallet. 

In this guide, we’ve listed the major factors affecting total expenditure so you can see whether building a shed on your own is more cost-effective.

Are You Planning to DIY? Do You Have the Necessary Materials and Equipment?

A person constructing a wooden shed beside a finished house. The shed has an incomplete roof structure with exposed beams. Building materials and tools are scattered around the construction site

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Do you have the requisite skills or the willingness to undertake the task? This is a question you can answer for yourself. If you can put together a flat-pack or a kit of wooden sheds, then you’ll likely have the capacity to get the job done.

Tip: Assess your skill level and comfort to see if building a shed is a cost-effective solution for you.

You’ll also need a few tools and materials to make the task easier, but it’s pretty much the same principle. All of these, though, can influence the total expense, especially if you don’t have them on hand. This could include but is not limited to:

  • Construction timber: Used for framing the structure of your garden shed. Prices vary based on the type and size of timber, but a rough estimate is around £1.50 – £5 per metre, depending on the quality.
  • Loglap cladding: Provides the exterior siding of the building, offering weather protection. Depending on the quality and thickness, the price ranges from £5 to £15 per meter, d
  • OSB (Oriented Strand Board): For sheathing the walls and roof. Prices typically range from £10 to £20 per sheet, depending on the thickness and brand.
  • Fence posts: These are often used as a shed foundation. Prices can vary based on the material and size, but a standard wooden fence post can cost around £5 to £10 each.
  • Cement and sand: Used for creating a solid base or foundation for the garden building. Prices vary, but a bag of cement can cost around £5 to £10, while sand may cost around £3 to £5 per bag.
  • Roof felt: Provides waterproofing for the roof. Prices vary depending on the size and quality, but a roll of green roof felt can cost around £20 to £50.
  • Door hinges: Essential for attaching doors to the structure. Prices can vary depending on the type and quality, but a basic set of hinges may cost around £2 to £5.
  • Padlock hasp and staple: These are used to secure the storage building. Prices range from £5 to £10, depending on the size and security level.
  • Waterproof sheeting: Offers additional protection against moisture and weather elements. Prices vary depending on the size and thickness, but a roll can cost around £20 to £40.

If you were to purchase all these as new, you might expect to spend approximately £200 to £400. This still depends on factors such as quantity and quality within each category.

Are Expert Services and Additional Features Expensive?

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The situation changes when a professional is involved. The average garden shed installation in the UK alone costs between £200 and £700. Expect that figure to go higher if you leave the construction work to them. Typically, the labour of a tradesman will depend on the unit’s size and the days it will take to build it. A larger 12×8 shed on a solid concrete base will take 2-3 days to build and will cost, on average, around £1200.

Pricing for your customisations when building a shed may also differ. For instance, installing windows may increase expenses due to the cost of materials. The average window price can be between £600 and £3600. However, the cost will vary depending on your window type and frame material. Similarly, adding ventilation or insulation may increase expenses. For more information, check out this guide on air vent installation costs.

Without considering low-cost alternatives, these options can quickly eat into the budget. This is especially true if you lack the skill and intend to leave it to the experts.

Tips: Explore different suppliers for materials to find the best prices. Stick to essential features to keep costs down; add customisations later, if needed. DIY where possible, such as painting, to save on labour costs. Don’t hesitate to negotiate prices with tradespeople or suppliers for better deals!

Is It Cheaper To Build Your Own Shed?

There is no right or answer to this question. Typically, when looking at whether building a shed is cheaper vs. hiring a cheap builder, opting to do it yourself is almost more economical.

You can save on labour costs and potentially get more value for your money. This means you can invest the same amount of money or even less than hiring someone else. Even better, you can end up with a better-quality backyard shed because you’re putting your effort into it. This, in turn, helps maximise the return on your investment.

Explore Garden Buildings Direct today for quality yet affordable garden rooms. Our range of garden sheds for sale offers a cost-effective option for storage and functionality.

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