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How Much Does a Shed Cost? A Complete Pricing Guide (2024)

The cost to build a shed can range from $200–$30,000 depending on the type, size, material, and customizations. The average shed costs around $3,500.

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There are many benefits to owning a shed. From storing tools to sheltering lawnmowers, sheds can serve as a garage alternative for extra storage space. A shed can also increase the value of your property, making it a worthwhile investment for many homeowners. So, how much does a shed cost?

The average shed costs about $3,500 to build, but prices can range anywhere from $200 to $30,000. This is because sheds come in a variety of sizes, styles, and materials. Other factors, such as whether you purchase a prefab shed or custom-built one, also influence the total cost.

Use this guide for a complete breakdown of costs to build a shed, as well as factors to consider when choosing the best one for your property.

Shed Costs per Square Foot

The cost to build a shed per square foot can range from $15 to $150, depending on the style and customizations. Larger custom sheds will cost more for labor, around $40 to $75 per square foot. Below are general ranges for common shed sizes:

SizeSquare FeetAverage CostType of ShedCommon Uses
7×749$735-$7,350SmallTo store garden tools, fertilizer, and firewood
8×1080$1,200–$12,000SmallTo store garden tools, fertilizer, and firewood
10×12120$1,800-$18,000MediumTo store wheelbarrows and furniture
10×16160$2,400–$24,000MediumTo store leaf blower, motorcycle, and storage
12×16192$2,880-$28,800LargeTo store vehicles or renovate as extra living space
12×24288$4,320–$43,200LargeTo store tractor or renovate as small business space

There are also many types of sheds that fit almost every style, size, and preference. Certain styles and designs may require costly features, so it’s good to have an idea of the type you need beforehand. For example, some modern shed styles have more architectural designs to resemble a home.

different types of sheds with list of costs

Additional Cost Factors

From requesting building permits to preparing the space, there are a few key factors to consider before buying a shed. The following aspects can impact the overall shed cost:

1. Purpose

How you plan to use your shed will ultimately influence the desired style, size, and final price. For example, a simple storage shed for tools doesn’t require much space or additional features. On the other hand, if you want to use a shed as a home office, it’ll most likely need windows, insulation, and other additions for comfort.

2. Materials

Most sheds are built of wood, vinyl (plastic), or metal. More modern sheds, however, also use brick to match their home style. The type of material makes a difference in the price per square foot:

  • Metal: $12–$22
  • Wood: $12–$20
  • Vinyl: $4–$5
  • Brick: $2–$8

When comparing sheds, you’ll find that some cheaper materials are better quality than others. For example, a metal shed is much more durable than a wooden one, offering insect and fire resistance. Keep these characteristics in mind during your planning. 

3. Foundation

Most sheds need to have a foundation for proper installation, and costs will vary by the type of foundation you use. You can expect a gravel pad to cost around $1–$2 per square foot, a more affordable option than poured concrete, which costs around $10–$12 per square foot

Depending on the slope of your land, you may also need to pay for site preparation to support a stable foundation. This can include clearing and grading the land, which costs about $1 per square foot.

4. Customizations

Account for any and all types of enhancements or unique additions to your shed. Features such as extra windows and doors can range from $100–$1,000 each, depending on the size and type. As for the interior, sheds with recreational space typically need the following:

  • Electricity: $254–$307 per wiring 
  • Plumbing: $588–$716 per drain line installation 
  • Insulation: $1.50–$7.20 per square foot (varies by type)

5. Labor

After you have an idea of everything you’ll need to build and customize your shed, you can estimate the labor costs. A general contractor could charge a rate anywhere between $50 and $100 per hour

This may include the cost of a building permit, which is often required to add a new structure to residential property. Factor in permit costs, which might exceed $100. Contractors typically charge $50 to $100. Remember, shed regulations differ by location.

For prefab sheds, expect an additional $10 to $20 per square foot on top of the shed kit price for professional assembly. This covers the contractor’s time and expertise.

6. Land Clearing

Land clearing is necessary to begin construction and includes removing trees, brush, and stumps, as well as grading the area for a level foundation. This process can cost anywhere between $1,400 and $4,500.

7. Electrical Installation

You’ll want to consider hiring an electrician if you want electricity in your shed. Expect electrical wiring or a new electrical panel installation to cost between $600 and $2,200.

shed cost by size, materials, and other pricing considerations

Frequently Asked Questions 

How long does it take to build a shed?

The time it takes to build a shed depends on the type of shed and your skill level. An experienced builder may be able to complete a simple DIY shed project over the course of a weekend or even less with assistance. A more custom-designed shed may take two weeks or longer to complete.

Do I need a permit to build a shed?

In many areas a permit is not required for a shed if it is smaller than a certain size. For a large shed, a building permit will probably be required. It’s best to check your local laws, building codes, and HOA requirements before starting your project.

How much do shed repairs cost?

Shed repair and maintenance costs vary by material. For example, sheds made of wood may require siding repair from weather damage, which starts at around $15 per square foot. Sheds made of metal or brick are more resistant to damage and can save you money on repair costs.

Is it cheaper to buy or build a shed?

If you’re handy with basic tools, a do-it-yourself shed can help save on labor costs. However, more complex sheds, such as those with electrical wiring, may require the help of a professional.  Opting for a prefab shed instead of building one from scratch will also reduce the cost of labor and materials.

Prefabricated (prefab) kits like metal sheds are usually much more affordable than custom-built sheds since they can be manufactured in a cost-effective way without wasting any materials. You can find a 12-foot-by-20-foot (12×20) prefab shed that costs around $4,000–$6,000, whereas a custom shed would cost $14,400–$36,000 for the same size.

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For affordability without sacrificing quality, look no further than steel sheds. Our durable galvanized steel sheds, which are fire- and rot-resistant, can be customized to fit your needs. Easily design a strong, long-lasting shed within your budget using our 3D tool below.

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Alan Bernau Jr

Alan Bernau Jr. is the founder and owner of Alan’s Factory Outlet. He has helped more than 75,000 homeowners design and install custom carports and garages over the last 20 years.

Alan Bernau Jr. is the founder and owner of Alan’s Factory Outlet. He has helped more than 75,000 homeowners design and install custom carports and garages over the last 20 years.

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