Build a wood yard shed
When storage for lawn equipment and outdoor gear is needed in the back yard, consider building a wooden yard shed. It can be built from a custom design, or you can buy a kit with wood components you assemble. However it's made, a wooden yard shed can solve storage problems and be a nice addition to the landscape.

A carpenter will charge $3,200 to construct a wood panel 10-foot-by-12-foot storage building with 800 cubic feet of space with a cement foundation and shingle roof. A homeowner with carpentry experience and tools can buy a shed kit and materials for the foundation and roof for $1,700 and build it, saving 47 percent. The job involves siting the location to make it level, pouring a cement foundation, building and erecting the walls and roof assembly, and installing the door, trim and handle. Then the siding and door need a coat of primer and paint and the roof needs shingles to complete the job.

Before you build anything on your property, call the local building department to find out if a permit is required; in most areas it will be.

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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved

$3,200 -- $1,700 -- 46.0 -- 60.0 -- $1,500 -- 47 Percent