Hire the best Handyman

SHED - Buy a kit or DIY from scratch

Results 1 to 11 of 11
  1. #1
    Golden Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2017
    Location
    Melbourne - Yarra Ranges
    Posts
    845

    Default SHED - Buy a kit or DIY from scratch

    Before I go to the trouble of scoping, drawing and costing a shed build from scratch, I'm after feedback if others have gone down this route and how much cheaper (if any) to determine if its worthwhile.
    I've heard the full DIY route could be 30% or more cheaper than a kit (all steel).

    Back story:

    Priced up a 8x4 shed kit with a 4m awning just prior to COVID and it was ~8k from most shed companies.
    Didnt get around to ordering it and now the general price is ~12k

    This is a lot more than I expected and hence thinking of going down the full DIY path.
    Constructed the slab at the start of 2020, so any shed will be anchor bolted rather then setting the post in concrete.

    ​Frame construction ideas
    Will build all out of steel - 3 x C section posts and pitched rafters OR 3 x RHS post and rafter welded prior to standing it up and fixing to concrete slab
    The alternitive is to build the 2 side walls complete, stand and fix to the slab and then erect the pitched rafters

  2. #2
    3K Club Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Sunshine Coast
    Posts
    3,907

    Default

    Everything hinges on whether the shed is going to be approved or not.

    Most shed kits come with prior Engineer approval, your own build will have to be designed and approved by an Engineer.

    Steel prices have risen about 40% so that shows in the 8 k to 12 k increase.

  3. #3
    Golden Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2017
    Location
    Melbourne - Yarra Ranges
    Posts
    845

    Default

    Tkx Cyclic, well aware of req for approvals etc Probably unlikely to get a response so will just go ahead and cost it out.

    ps:...like a lot of things done out here in the back blocks, most in the area are of the same mindset and just build it

  4. #4
    Community Moderator
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Queensland
    Posts
    7,744

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Bart1080 View Post
    .like a lot of things done out here in the back blocks, most in the area are of the same mindset and just build it
    As someone once told me is easier to ask forgiveness than ask for permission, I suppose that has some limitations.

  5. #5
    Slow but rough Uncle Bob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    North Cooma, Canberra
    Posts
    5,298

    Default

    I think if you want a shed that's going to be lined eventually then you may as well build it like a house with a wooden frame and truss or flat roof.

  6. #6
    Senior Member ForeverYoung's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2021
    Location
    Perth Hills WA
    Posts
    210

    Default

    well, the cost of everything has gone up.
    Labour & Materials.
    But one of your issues will be getting materials, there seems to be a long wait, here in WA at least.
    I am seeing 2nd hand sheds sell straight away for 3 or 4 times what they went for a few years ago.
    When you consider the costs of dismantling and transport hardly a a saving at all - they just get the materials straight away seems to be the reasoning.
    And a lot of them you have to rip the electrics out and cut the posts off at the slab and reweld new feet.

    Just going through this myself. Order the shed kit nearly 3 months ago, expecting delivery in July.
    Have got most of the siteworks done, but can't get a concreter to even quote let alone do the job.

  7. #7
    Golden Member
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Location
    Newcastle, Australia
    Posts
    719

    Default

    If you not too worried about approval by the sounds of it, I'd just purchase materials and build yourself, if you do want approval, you just would need to see/contact and engineer after doing your research and send design/drawing etc for them to review and approve if it is adequate before doing your build, then have if privately certified.

  8. #8
    3K Club Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Sunshine Coast
    Posts
    3,907

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by craka View Post
    If you not too worried about approval by the sounds of it, I'd just purchase materials and build yourself, if you do want approval, you just would need to see/contact and engineer after doing your research and send design/drawing etc for them to review and approve if it is adequate before doing your build, then have if privately certified.
    I have just priced out a small car port using gal posts and insulated roof deck and the cost of the steel for the posts is same as buying the posts made to order

    and the steel for the beams is within $10/length of aluminium prices,

    and the colorbond beams from Stratco are way cheaper than buying steel then painting.

    So do the sums first, it may be just as frugal to buy the shed kit.

  9. #9
    Golden Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2017
    Location
    Melbourne - Yarra Ranges
    Posts
    845

    Default

    tkx, you got me thinking...so back of envelope calcs from Robot Trading published prices seem to come out at approx 4k cheaper before further trade discounts are applied.

    8x4m shed, pitched roof @15degrees, 3m high walls with a 4m 5 degree awning out the side.

    Kit price is ~13k delivered (most well known shed kits are all within $500 of each other)

    DIY calcs:
    Framing (posts, top hats, C section top beam):
    Shed $2100 Awning: $1050

    Cladding (roof and walls of shed, roof only for awning)
    Shed $2800 Awning $800

    Plus $1000 roller door & ~$1500 misc (screws, bolts, welding rods, roof blanket, roof blanket mesh, concrete to 3 posts for awning, bracing straps)

    Total price $9250

  10. #10
    1K Club Member havabeer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    nsw
    Posts
    1,028

    Default

    so you've basically got $3000 between your un-approved design (if neighbours dob you in will probably cost you $2k to get an engineer approval assume it meets code).

    bit of a gamble.
    Remember if you don't sin, then Jesus died for nothing

  11. #11
    3K Club Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Sunshine Coast
    Posts
    3,907

    Default

    Try Stratco, their shed kits don't seem all that expensive.

Similar Threads

  1. Scratch in new kitchen
    By Jon in forum Kitchens
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 23rd Apr 2014, 10:18 AM
  2. Dont want to scratch my new taps
    By jveevers in forum Plumbing
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 2nd Nov 2013, 01:18 AM
  3. Building a garage from scratch
    By Sooopy in forum The Garden Shed
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 30th Aug 2010, 07:28 PM
  4. A kitchen from scratch!!??
    By Les99 in forum Kitchens
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 20th Dec 2009, 12:41 PM
  5. Kitchen from scratch.
    By Shedhand in forum Go to Whoa!
    Replies: 34
    Last Post: 2nd Sep 2006, 08:55 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •