Last week I revealed our storage shed, and as promised- I’m following up with a progression of the build, our complete supply list, and the budget breakdown. Since sharing the final outcome, I’ve received hundreds of “can you link the shed?” messages, and unfortunately- I designed it and Emmett built it, so I don’t have an easy link for you. However- if you’re handy, into DIY projects, and are looking to tackle this project yourself (or turn it over to your favorite contractor to build for you), this post contains all the answers you’re looking for to achieve the look! Click through to see how this project evolved and to get the supply list sources, along with the number crunching.
As I previously mentioned in the reveal post, our initial plan was to relocate our existing shed to the plot pictured below. However, it wasn’t in great shape (20+ years old), would’ve been difficult to move, and building a new storage shed to fit our exterior aesthetic seemed like a smart investment. When dreaming up this project, Emmett and I discussed the size, design plan, and staked out the location in our yard.
Below, you’ll find our complete supply list. Our shed is on the larger side- 12′ x 16′. Another thing to note is to check with your city or township in regards to building regulations. In our area, most building codes allow sheds less than 200 square feet with no permit. Our shed is just under the regulation at 192 square feet. The size will definitely influence your supply quantity and overall cost!
- Treated Lumber, for the sill plate
- Douglas Fir Studs, for framing
- Fir Lumber, for ceiling joists
- LP Smart Siding, for siding
- LP Smart Side Trim Pieces, for exterior trim
- CMI Drip Edge, for drip edge
- Sheathing, for roof sheathing
- Tab Roof Shingles (in onyx black), for roof shingles
- Roofing Underlayment, for the roof
- Air Vent Louver, for venting
- ThermaStar Pella Windows, for windows
- French Doors, for entry door (visit your local store to customize mullions, color, & style)
- Brass Door Hardware, for entry door
- Solar Sconces, for exterior lighting
- Black Mulch, for landscaping
- Boxwoods, for landscaping
- Emerald Arborvitae, for landscaping
- Window Planter Boxes, for curb appeal (spray painted)
- Rain Refresh Paint (in color SW Nuance), for exterior
- Rebar, for concrete pad
- Concrete Pad, we hired a local company to drive a truck out and we poured it ourselves
Emmett began by digging and leveling the foundation for the concrete pad. If you’re interested to see the shed progress in video format- I have it all saved right here in an IG highlight.
Next, we built the frame and set the rebar for the concrete pad. We hired a local concrete company to bring a truckload to us, and poured the concrete pad ourselves. Emmett actually has a ton of experience in this area, as his college job was construction- and he did a lot of concrete work during that time. I operated the tractor, filling the bucket with concrete, and pouring it into the frame, while he shifted and smoothed.
Once the pad had cured, we began building a couple days later. Emmett started by framing everything out. As you can see below, we designed the shed to have a loft for additional storage space in the back.
The next step was to wrap the frame in siding. This part of the process went really quickly. He had this completed in a couple of hours.
After that, the upper portion of the shed was built. Check out the view from our driveway… once the pitch for the roof went up, it really started to look like a shed.
Then he installed the underlayment for the roof, the shingles, and the drip edge. Someday we may add shed gutters, but for now- it’s all sealed and waterproofed. I actually like the way it looks… nice and minimal!
Things really started to take shape once the windows and doors were installed! Both the french doors and windows are very nice, efficient, and functional.
Next, we painted… you can see that process in this post! We used a new paint product from Sherwin-Williams called Rain Refresh– which is a great exterior product that self cleans. This will hopefully keep our off white shed paint looking crisp and clean!
My vision really started to come together when Emmett began landscaping! He is really great at that, by the way. I need to convince him to write more landscaping posts (check the archives for a few good ones, if you’re interested)!
I planted the flower boxes, and we waited for the grass to fill in. Everything came together really beautifully, and this project took exactly two months from start to finish. From the design plan to the final landscaping, I actually thought this project moved pretty swiftly- despite the fact we worked on evenings and weekends, after our “regular” jobs.
Our total cost was around $7,500 (with everything). If you’re hiring a contractor to build this- your total cost might be anywhere from $9k – $12k with labor. Obviously if you opt for the DIY route, you’ll save money doing the work yourself.
Please let me know if you have any questions about this project in the comment section below! You can check out my initial design plan and before images here (some things definitely changed), catch the reveal tour here, and a bunch of landscaping posts here. Someday, we’d love to add a paver patio or sidewalk that connects to our driveway and makes the shed feel even more intentional. For now, I’m happy we have additional room in our fenced backyard, a functional shed for storage, and a beautiful, intentional side yard. Did you enjoy seeing the process and evolution of this project? I hope so! It’s crazy to think a couple months ago, this didn’t even exist.