How to Cut Cost on Garden Shed Construction

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Garden sheds are convenient, especially if you have many tools that need storage. However, if you are concerned about the cost of building a garden shed, follow these steps to minimize expenses.

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    Build the shed yourself. You can easily purchase a garden shed kit, but all of the materials will be new and therefore more costly (see Resources below). Ask friends and family to help you build the shed, and treat them to a free dinner in return. In addition, if you need tools that you don't own, ask friends and family if they have the tool you need. On the other hand, you can rent most tools from an equipment rental store for much less than it would cost you to buy them.

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    Draw the layout of the shed you want so that you can better estimate the amount of materials you'll need.

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    Find as many second-hand building materials as you can. Ask around at local construction sites for leftover materials. They may be willing to let you sort through their trash pile at the end of their workday. You can often find nice pieces of wood this way.

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    Spread the word that you are looking for building materials. You may even choose to put an ad in the newspaper that you want to purchase leftover or replaced materials. You may be able to get some leftover shingles from someone's roof replacement project.

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    Look on websites like and People post free things quite often that you may be able to use to build your garden shed. YOu can also post your own ad requesting any leftover building materials in exchange for free removal (see Resources below).

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    Ask building supply stores if they have any damaged building materials that they cannot sell, such as damaged or dented sheets of metal siding or roofing. These will work fine for a garden shed.

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    Purchase the remaining materials that you need from the building supply store. Often, you can look on their websites or call to get prices of the materials, so that you can shop at the store with the best prices.

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