I met with a client who has a small house but it has no garage. And even though he doesn’t need a whole lot of storage, he didn’t have a place to safely store his bicycles.
I suggested he build a shed in the yard. We asked the landscape architect to design a long shallow shed that would match his house – with wooden shingles.
The bid we got from a contractor was over $25,000.
We went back to the drawing board. After doing some research – checking out plastic Keter and Rubbermaid sheds (not sturdy or big enough) and Home Depot (styles not flexible enough) – we found that we needed to have a custom-made shed. We reached out to the Shed Shop, a long-established company based in Hayward.
Since we had all the measurements and provided photographs of the area, the Shed Shop didn’t need to come out for a site visit. And the brick walkway was sufficient as a foundation for the structure. (Sometimes they need to pour a foundation and that adds an extra couple thousand dollars.)
Though many of the elements of the shed are predetermined by the Shed Shop, some of the features we could customize were:
- final location of the shed
- size and number of doors
- the height of the shed
- paint color
- roof shingles
Electricity was even an option. Since it wasn’t necessary, we didn’t need a permit to build the shed.
Once all the decisions were made, we made an appointment for the install. A couple weeks later, the Shed Shop team showed up with the components and built the shed on site in a few hours.
It turns out that we could get a shed that met the needs of the client and painted to match the house for under $5000.
We ended up with a roomy 14’ x 3’ shed that is 7’ tall and fits neatly in his side yard. It stores all the things he would normally keep in a garage and makes his house feel much more spacious.