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SE Ohio
# Posted: 12 Jul 2015 16:51

Looking to add some storage (no living) space at my cabin for things like bicycles, lawn furniture and such. I had a bike locked under my cabin, and alas, it was snipped/stolen. My neighbors shed has been spared more or less, so I'm thinking shed, too. I see metal sheds look pretty cheap for their size, and yes, I will need to anchor either a metal or stick built shed somehow. I've read here that the wooden shed kits are not a good value. Vinyl sheds are a bit pricier than metal, not very appealing. Metal will corrode but not be eaten by termites or defiled by woodpeckers.

A 10 x 12 metal building picked at random, $428 ries/metal-yard-buildings/arrow-arlington-10-x-12-storage-building/p-1463760-c-9563.h tm

Are there better values out there?

Salty Craig
# Posted: 12 Jul 2015 17:12

I don't see how. Looks like a fine shed to store what not in.

# Posted: 12 Jul 2015 17:16

How about a used 20 foot shipping container. It will cost you about $2K, but it will also provide a very high level of security.

Gary O
# Posted: 12 Jul 2015 20:24

Depends. I'm big on aesthetics, so not liking the metal sheds, and what I've seen, they seem a bit bendy in places.
I'd put a framed lean-to against the cabin, or stand alone, built as rugged as the cabin.

# Posted: 13 Jul 2015 16:01

I put one of those sheds up many years ago at my first house. I would have loved to build a wooden one at the time but to save money I put the metal one up. I built a proper floor, lined the inside with 1/2" plywood to protect the walls and installed electrical and shelving. I made a nice ramp up to the doors and planter boxes on either side. I made trellises on both sides and planted climbing vines. In the front on either side I planted cedars. At the end of the day it turned out quite sharp. So if you go with the metal shed, just some suggestions on how to spruce it up.

# Posted: 13 Jul 2015 19:42

SE Ohio,

If you are in SE Ohio then I would guess that you have a Carter Lumber somewhere around you? They sell storage sheds, pole buildings, and garage packages. Basically they will work up a custom package for you and it gives you the lumber package with everything you need along with a set of plans. You can save some money over buying a pre-built one going this route and allows you to customize where you want doors, windows, etc. Also allows you to add more studs, rafters, etc if you want it a little beefier. Depending on how big you may even want to look at a pole building as well.

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