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Old 03-29-2010, 07:08 AM   #1
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Default Stick built or pre-engineered 20x20 shed?

I'm thinking about building another 20x20 "shed", I like to keep my main shop as empty as possible besides what I'm working on, and I'm running out of room.

Whatever I build will probably have a concrete block footing, and a gravel floor. I've been looking at pre-engineered kits like this:
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053
$4500 isn't bad for a complete building delivered. I haven't really shopped around yet to see if anybody can beat that price.

But I wonder...if I did a simple stick build, same 20x20 and covered in the same tin walls/roof...is that going to be cheaper? Seems like the materials might be, but the plans, engineering, and trusses probably are a deal killer. Do you think I could do a stick built 20x20 for under $4500?

What would you do?
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Old 03-29-2010, 07:56 AM   #2
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Default Re: Stick built or pre-engineered 20x20 shed?

boi, draw up a rough sketch and take it around to the local lumber yards, they will break it down and give ya a price, might or might not beet the price.
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Old 03-29-2010, 09:54 AM   #3
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Default Re: Stick built or pre-engineered 20x20 shed?

I think you can beat that price if you build it yourself. Since it is a shed, you could go with pole barn style on 4ft centers. The 20 ft size makes it easy for using 4x8 sheets for the walls if you can live with 8 ft height. You can buy pre-made trusses for the roof.
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Old 03-29-2010, 11:30 PM   #4
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Default Re: Stick built or pre-engineered 20x20 shed?

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You can buy pre-made trusses for the roof.
How much are we talkin' for a nearly no weight bearing truss with a 20' span?
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Old 03-30-2010, 09:17 AM   #5
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Default Re: Stick built or pre-engineered 20x20 shed?

i had some 16' trusses built by a local place when i built my 16'x16' shed. i had the trusses on 2' spacing with a 5/12 pitch, and they were $33 each.

mine was stick built, and I think right around $2k to build (and that included an 8'x7' steel roll up door).
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Old 03-31-2010, 02:26 PM   #6
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Default Re: Stick built or pre-engineered 20x20 shed?

i bought one of those cheap 20x20 sheds for $695 , they deliver and told them to just leave materials, bought some 2x2 and extended the height and roof angles to where i wanted and welded them up, (metal cost about 100) , built the forms my self and had a concrete truck come and finished it with my two brothers, slab was $450 for 6 yards, currently i am skinning the metal with 2x4s and just installed 4 windows ($250) and ive done all but the slab myself, had to build a scaffold but very cheap and sturdy too!! i will post pics soon..
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You could probably build that up pretty cheap. I wasn't busy at work today so I used my garage planner program and sent you a quick sketch. You should be able to look it over and use the materials list to get quotes from local lumber yards. My experience in my shop build was the price of the concrete. That was $$$, but if you get it on a block wall and don't worry about the floor right now, you should be able to get it up for well under 4500 assuming 2x4 construction, stick build the roof if trusses are alot of money, t1-11 siding etc etc. Hope this helps.
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