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Looking to buy a shed

1,052 310 March 9, 2018 at 06:22 AM
So it is on my list for this year or next to get a shed in our yard to clear out the garage a bit. We are not rushed but I'm willing to get early if it is right.

My questions are :

What space size would you all recommend to fit large push snow blower, push mower, riding mower, and other smaller yard implements?

When do sheds even go on sale? Do models change enough that I should wait for a specific month or is it fairly random?

How much work are the kits and is it worth it for me trying to do it solo or think I should just have it delivered from your experience?

I'm planning on building a raised gravel bed to place the shed on. Any ways I can easily reinforce to the ground through the gravel base?

Anything people commonly had issues with which I should keep in mind moving forward? I like saving money but not to screw myself in 2 years with junk.

I working hard to build up Lowes gcs at discount so that would save 10 to 15% off initial cost plus whatever coupon I can pull. Is Lowes worth looking at quality wise compared to some of the shed only companies?




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My local Lowe's has a barn like shed made out of wood on clearance for 1/3 of the normal price. It was $999 and normally $3200. Says they have a new model coming. I forget who builds them for Lowe's locally.
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I've never seen a "store bought" shed I liked, but there aren't many in this area (Menards is 70 miles away, the other name brand stores are close to at least double that, so I haven't seen many set up). Tin ones seem very flimsy and require extra bracing (those that I've seen). Plastic ones might be more solid, but I don't know about longevity. I'd think wood would be the most solid. I have several outbuildings made from things like 2x4s, a couple garages, metal machine shed, etc. In my area you can sometimes find cheap or even free to haul off wood sheds in classifieds or on the radio. I'm considering getting one or two of those 40' metal shipping containers. They have 20' as well, not much cheaper than the 40' ones around here, but they'd work in a smaller area, might even have something similar but smaller than that. They deliver them free for around $2000 or so. Metal, very strong, water tight. I'm guessing that wouldn't be practical where you are unless you have easy backyard access. 20' would be a good size, and have some work area. Here, I've got room for anything, and there aren't any building codes, permits, or things like that to think about.
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