Choose Your Perfect Backyard Garden Storage Shed


A building permit is a certificate that may have to be obtained from the appropriate municipality by the property owner or contractor before a structure can be erected. Generally, if your structure is under one hundred sq. ft. you will usually not be required to get a permit, however, there may still be some restrictions such as a "two or three foot set back from a property line". If you do need a permit, you probably need a simple sketch of your site plan showing the sheds proposed location a set of plans showing the style, dimensions and layout of the structure. Be sure to check with your local by-law office for the regulations and specifications in your area.

DIY or hire

If your building skills or spare time are limited, you may want to hire a contractor. Search on line or ask around to find a contractor or handyman to hire. Be sure more than one bids for comparison. Another option is to get your friends and neighbors involved, preferably someone with some basic construction skills. No matter if you build the shed yourself or hire someone, a good set of professionally designed how-to plans will offer the best value for the money in the long run. A good set of plans takes most, if not all, of the guesswork out planning, designing, getting a permit (if required), material supplies, step-by-step instructions. 

Cost of material

The average cost of materials to build  a storage sheds in the United States is about $7.25 per sq. ft. This is a very average cost, which can easily vary by about 25% or more depending on the actual location, current pricing, size, style, options and site conditions. Rather than use a typical average per square foot, a much better approach is to obtain a completely material list from the plans then go to your supplier and price each item and multiply times the quantity for that item. Add the amounts and remember to include the tax. Also many of local lumber stores in your area are happy to help you to crunch the numbers. We know that getting your estimates correct can make or break the bottom line on any job, that’s why we offer a free download material list at

What’s Your Style

Most shed styles are differentiated primarily by roof lines (i.e. gable, hip, lean-to, salt box, etc.) therefore this is a necessary consideration. Take a drive round the neighborhood, look through catalogs or search on the net to compare different shed styles and the way they appear and match into the surrounding landscape and architecture.  To blend in, you don't have to make copy of your home, however you can complement details of your house with the right choice of roof style, siding, paint colors and decorative details.