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Price Guide: Storage Shed Building Costs Per Sq Ft

Last Updated: December 28, 2023

Building a Shed is a great way to increase your home's value and add needed storage space at the same time. The total cost of a shed can usually be recouped when you sell.

It is also a great opportunity to have a shed custom built to your specifications.

There are many things to consider when thinking of having a shed built. The first thing on the list is to find out if you are able to build a shed on your property.

Some towns have an ordinance declaring whether or not you can have an additional structure on your property.

Also take into account how large you want it to be, what you plan to store inside, whether or not you will need it insulated, and whether or not you will need electrical installed in it.

The more time you spend on a good building plan the more satisfied you will be with the outcome.

You can even find free storage shed plans on the web! Use them to guide yourself or your contractor!

How Much Does It Cost to Have a Storage Shed Built? #

Having a custom storage shed built typically costs $15-$30 per sq.ft. including materials and professional installation. Here's a breakdown:

Shed Material Costs

  • Wood Shed: $8-$20 per sq.ft.
  • Vinyl Shed: $12-$25 per sq.ft
  • Metal Shed: $10-$22 per sq.ft.

Labor & Site Prep

  • Assembly & Installation: $5-$15 per sq.ft.
  • Gravel base: $1-$3 per sq.ft.
  • Shed pad: $5-$10 per sq.ft.

Sizes & Costs

  • 8x6 shed (48 sq.ft): $1,000 - $2,000
  • 12x16 shed (192 sq.ft): $4,000 - $7,000
  • 16x20 shed (320 sq.ft): $6,500 - $12,000

Additional costs for windows, skylights, insulation, utilities, custom designs and delivers to difficult sites. Permits/fees also add costs.

DIY shed kits provide big savings but require time and skill for assembly. Pre-built sheds are quicker and easier.

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Real-World Storage Shed Building Costs #

  • "I hired a contractor to build a 10x12 wooden shed with a shingle roof on a gravel base in my backyard. It cost $2,800 including materials, assembly and delivery." - Janet D., Ohio

  • "I had an 8x10 vinyl shed built as extra storage space for my small business' inventory and equipment. With shelving installed it was $2,300 total." - Mark F., Illinois

  • "We needed more secure storage for our outdoor gear and kid's toys. We had a local company construct a 12x16 metal shed on a concrete pad for $6,500." - Jessica N., Indiana

  • "I had a large 16x24 wood shed built in the back corner of my property to use as a woodworking shop. With insulation, electricity and permit fees it cost $11,000." - Robert T., Maine

Helpful Hints #

  • Building a shed almost always requires a permit. You can save money on your project by acquiring your own permit. The savings is typically around $200-$300.
  • Research all the available types of sheds before you decide on one. There are many options available at many different price levels. Make sure the one you pick is right for you.

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