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    Backyard Cedar Shed

    Has anyone here built / bought a backyard cedar shed? I live near the Quad Cities and looking to put in a 10x12 Cedar Shed.

    I've haven't found anybody local that sells pre-built cedar shed and have been doing quite a bit of research on-line. I have found several kits (~$3000 - $4000) for ones that come in panels and can be assembled in a day and other material kits (~$2000) that need to be fully built that simply come with the wood and basic plans.

    I've looked at enough Internet resources and pictures to the point that I have a mental plan and spent a couple hours drafting it out and creating a material list that runs $1500. I am thinking of doing this as the material are local if I need extra or make a mistake cutting... however will basically be using my own plans which may / may not be inclusive. Also the $1500 material list is using top notch materials (pressure treated floors, seals, roofing.... thicker floor braces, etc... so beefed up).

    Anybody else have any experiences here on the Internet panel kits, material kits, or the build it yourself route before I go to Menards this week to buy all my materials (pressure treated and cedar on sale until 18 May).

    Attached is an example of what I want and plan to build.

    Any advice, contacts to local builders, etc....

    Thanks,


    Last edited by Balls; 05-11-2009 at 12:12 PM.

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    Re: Backyard Cedar Shed

    I bought the heavy duty vinyl shed by Royal with the extension. It goes together in about two hours and is absolutely low maintenance. I did build the floor out of treated wood so I can move it someday if needed.



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    Re: Backyard Cedar Shed

    Norm made something kinda like it a few seasons ago on New Yankee Workshop.

    If you want to go the DIY route, you could go online and order his plan and video, and make modifications as you like. Timeframe is a concern, obviously. It's nice because the vid give some instruction and how-to that simple plans don't give.



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    Re: Backyard Cedar Shed

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    Norm made something kinda like it a few seasons ago on New Yankee Workshop.

    If you want to go the DIY route, you could go online and order his plan and video, and make modifications as you like. Timeframe is a concern, obviously. It's nice because the vid give some instruction and how-to that simple plans don't give.
    But will he also need the 3,000 tool workshop that Norm has to build said project? I swear, Norm has 2 of every tool ever invented in that shop.



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    Re: Backyard Cedar Shed

    Quote Originally Posted by CarolinaCy View Post
    But will he also need the 3,000 tool workshop that Norm has to build said project? I swear, Norm has 2 of every tool ever invented in that shop.
    I doubt for that one. Norm pulled out his usual one or two "you gotta be kidding me" tools. But for the most part, it was more of nice to haves or makes you life a bit easier. Nothing project halting.

    It's not a spindle legged colonial side chair with inlays. It's a shed. Pretty basic saw & hammer operation.


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    Re: Backyard Cedar Shed

    Quote Originally Posted by CarolinaCy View Post
    But will he also need the 3,000 tool workshop that Norm has to build said project? I swear, Norm has 2 of every tool ever invented in that shop.
    No kidding. Anyone can build awesome **** if they have every freakin' tool known to man...



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    Re: Backyard Cedar Shed

    I'd caution against Cedar. It looks great and is easy to work with, but is a major maintenance nightmare. My house, and fence are both Cedar and I have to spend way, way too much time cleaning, staining & fixing them. Cedar doesn't rot, but it sure dries and cracks easily.



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    Re: Backyard Cedar Shed

    If you are considering having it done professionally you should check out Van Wyk wood builders in Grinnell Iowa. They do great work. They will build it and deliver it or if it cant be delivered they will come and build it on site.

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    Re: Backyard Cedar Shed

    Quote Originally Posted by ISU_phoria View Post
    I'd caution against Cedar. It looks great and is easy to work with, but is a major maintenance nightmare. My house, and fence are both Cedar and I have to spend way, way too much time cleaning, staining & fixing them. Cedar doesn't rot, but it sure dries and cracks easily.
    Thanks everyone for your input. Concerning maintenance, has anyone tried one of these new Lifetime Sheds as offered through Sams or Costco? Here is the link. Maybe a better option then cedar?

    Lifetime Products: Organize your stuff with a storage shed by Lifetime.

    Wonder if these are quality sheds or eye sores like many of the other "cheap plastic" sheds?



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    Re: Backyard Cedar Shed

    Quote Originally Posted by Balls View Post
    Thanks everyone for your input. Concerning maintenance, has anyone tried one of these new Lifetime Sheds as offered through Sams or Costco? Here is the link. Maybe a better option then cedar?

    Lifetime Products: Organize your stuff with a storage shed by Lifetime.

    Wonder if these are quality sheds or eye sores like many of the other "cheap plastic" sheds?
    I built one 10x12 and 10 high on concrete slab. Nice roll-up door.

    My cost of materials was $1500, and I built it myself with the help of my brother (i'm too old to do this by myself any longer. I didn't use Cedar, just 4x8 siding panels and painted it the same color as my house.

    This is a great shed, and will last a long, long time.



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    Re: Backyard Cedar Shed

    I have about 500 cedar trees you can come cut down and make boards out of them.


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    Re: Backyard Cedar Shed

    You may be just as well off stick framing a shed and putting siding to match your house. Cedar is rather expensive stuff compared to studs, particle board, and siding. It would also likely be less maintenance work involved.



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    Re: Backyard Cedar Shed

    Quote Originally Posted by Balls View Post
    Also the $1500 material list is using top notch materials (pressure treated floors, seals, roofing.... thicker floor braces, etc... so beefed up).

    Anybody else have any experiences here on the Internet panel kits, material kits, or the build it yourself route before I go to Menards this week to buy all my materials (pressure treated and cedar on sale until 18 May).
    You can't get top notch materials at Menards. You should get your materials where the pros do.

    This is what you want to build:

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    Quote Originally Posted by tim_redd View Post
    No kidding. Anyone can build awesome **** if they have every freakin' tool known to man...
    I dispute this claim. I couldn't make a cutting board.


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