So, you need more storage and are planning to build a shed. Here are some tips and a plan for building a nice shed that could save you money.
There are plenty of ways to build sheds and plenty of reasons for doing it. But, no one is willing to break the bank to build one and that's why I thought these plans and tips could be useful for anyone looking to build.
I personally wouldn't use OSB (oriented strand board) especially if you live in a very wet place, something like T-111 might be better. If you do use OSB for any of the sheathing, or any plywood for that matter, you can protect it from moisture by applying a thick coat of oil-based primer to all sides (after they're cut, make sure you hit the edges), then a one or two coats of exterior latex to make sure the whole thing is sealed up good. Just to make sure my shed lasts I would do the same thing to all sides of the foundation framing and floor.
Again, composite trim would not be the thing to use in a wet climate with lots of humidity, if you do, seal it good on ALL sides and edges. Ripping 2x4s in half into 1x4s (or 3/4×3.5s if you want to get particular) on your table saw would be a great way to make trim for cheap…
Anyway, there's some good stuff here:
Siding panels made from oriented strand board cost far less than solid wood or plywood panels, and come preprimed, saving you money and labor. Since the panels are also structural, you don't need an additional layer of sheathing under the siding. You'll save about $500 over the cost of cedar plywood siding.
Hiring a concrete contractor to pour a slab for this shed could cost you $1,000, but the materials for this wood foundation will set you back only about $250. Plus, a wood foundation is easy to build even on sites that slope or have difficult access.
Cost-cutting custom door
Materials for this door cost about $140. A similar style prehung exterior door can easily cost more than $1,000. Of course, this door isn't as weather-tight as a prehung door, and it wouldn't work on your house, but it's perfect for a shed. You get the look of an expensive custom wood door without the cost.
Easy arch-top windows
If you've ever priced arch-top windows, you know how expensive they can be. Even windows that don't operate are likely to cost $400 apiece. But you can simulate the look of an expensive window without spending a ton of money. These windows cost about $60 each and are easy to build with materials you'll find at any home center or lumberyard.
Composite trim saves you money and time right away. It's less expensive than solid wood (you'll save up to $160), it doesn't have knots or other defects to work around, and it comes preprimed and ready for paint. And it'll save you time and money in the long run since it holds paint better and longer than even the best-quality exterior wood.”
Full plans and instructions here: familyhandyman.com