The Real Pros and Cons of Building a Shed
There are pros and cons to everything. This includes building a shed. Although, there are more pros than cons; the cons do still exist. However, with the list of pros to building your own shed; I believe they outweigh any cons.
There are many pros to building a shed. One definite pro to building your own shed is the cost. It is definitely cheaper to build your own shed. You save money on labor costs because you will be doing all of the work yourself. With you doing all the work by yourself comes another pro; personal satisfaction. After you complete your shed, you will be able to say you build it from the ground up without professional help. Mind you there is nothing stopping you getting some help from your family and friends. In fact, they would probably love to come and lend a hand. The final product will be something you can be proud of for sure.
Another advantage to building a shed from a set of plans on your own is you will be able to customize it however you wish. Since you will be the one doing all the planning and the building, it is less likely to find problem areas in the design. This is provided you get professional plans that are easy to follow in a step by step manner. Sometimes when you hire someone to do a task like this and you tell them what you want, there is always a chance for communication errors. On the other hand, when you do it yourself, you get what you want without any hassles. Doing it yourself also gives you the ability to change things if you so choose, provided it is in line with the detailed plans and structural elements of the building.
One potential setback in building a shed is lack of knowledge. If it isn’t something you have done before, it may be a little daunting and time consuming with all the research and planning. It is however something you can overcome with the right advice, some time and dedication for a willingness to learn. If you have a full-time job or just a lack of spare time, you may run into the issue of not spending enough time to work on this project. It is possible to work around this minor issue as well. You can always put in for a couple weeks of annual leave / vacation time so you can accomplish such a rewarding task. You can always hire cheap labor to help you do the tasks on the weekends as well. If you aren’t a person who does a lot of do-it-yourself type tasks, you may lack the tools necessary to build a shed. However, once you complete your research and build a plan with a step-by-step guide to building your shed; you will have a better idea as to what tools are necessary to complete the task. You can usually purchase any tools you need at your local hardware store. Detailed plans often outline what tools are required for the project as well, which can be really handy.
It is quite obvious that although there are both pros and cons to building a shed, the pros far outweigh the cons. Not only that, you certainly have the ability to overcome the cons. They are simple fixes for the most part, as long as you do research and come up with a plan for this project you can overcome one minor obstacle at a time. It is all part of the building experience, and it is very rewarding. In the end you will gain priceless satisfaction by building a shed. Just be certain to come up with decent plans outlining a step-by-step guide before you even start, so you don’t get confused before picking up your first piece of wood. Good plans are worth their weight in gold, and will save you time, money and a lot of frustration. It will pay off in the end, and the whole project will be just that much easier, and worth your time to complete.