How do you build a high quality storage building in a cost-effective way? That is a question I have asked a lot recently, as I have agreed to build a 10′ x 16′ storage building for my parents. While I have tackled a lot of little jobs around the house such as building fence, laying tile, etc., I had never built a structure from the ground up. But my experience with various household projects over the years has taught me that most likely I could build a shed for less than a name brand shed would cost and by taking my time, there is a good possibility, it would be constructed better than one that is simply hauled in. I suspect that may be a value that comes through at Wiser Dollar. I tend to attempt projects instead of simply hiring them done. In the end, I gain experience, usually an extra tool or two and experience the cost savings. Additionally projects like this provide physical fitness without the cost of a gym membership. The main drawbacks are the time involved and, perhaps somedays, more effort being extended then I prefer.
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Now when it comes to building a high quality shed, I needed training. I checked out a number of tutorials online and finally came across an excellent series. It is by Henry Reinders with Country Life Projects. The 15 video series is all available online at no cost. The only possible cost is if you decide to buy the plans for the specific shed he’s building (that is $29.95 and includes the plans and an e-book). But whether or not you buy the plans, the building tips and techniques apply. I highly recommend this series, if you are considering tackling any kind of out-building. Check out the series at How to Build a Dream Shed.
The floor is complete, the studs up and I am now installing the trusses I built earlier. It is not a quick project as I am simply using my days off to work on it. But in the end, I believe my parents will end up with a well built storage building, constructed in an economical way, thanks to Lowe’s and Henry Reinders.