how to build a storage shed

Are you wondering how to build a storage shed? There are many ways to build a storage shed, from the at home do-it-yourself way to the detailed assembly line process. This article outlines how we build our storage sheds at Classic Buildings – including the process before the shed is even built, all the way to the delivery process! For more information about our building process and storage sheds, contact Classic Buildings today.

How We Build Our Storage Sheds 

The building process takes more than just wood and nails. There are multiple steps involving multiple people before your dream shed becomes a reality.

Before We Build 

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The first step of the building process is not building it all – it’s taking your order! At Classic Buildings, we offer a wide variety of features and customization options. You can go with the smallest, simplest shed or you can go with a bigger, highly customized shed!

Whatever your needs, the team at Classic Buildings will work with you to determine if the building requests are possible. If they are not, the team will work with you to find an alternative, ensuring the building is both structurally sound and fulfills your wants and need. 

After that, the building plans must be approved by multiple people before the building process begins. This makes sure that once again, the design is structurally sound and that the order is exactly what the customer asked for. The first set of eyes on the order happens in the office. The order is checked, then double-checked before leaving.

Once the plans leave the office, the builders will look over the plan and double check it one last time before beginning the building process. This may seem like a lot of steps, but all this double checking is important! At Classic Buildings, we believe in getting it right the first time.   

The Building Process

Once the orders are approved by everyone, it’s finally time to build the storage sheds! Storage sheds, like all of our buildings, are constructed in an assembly line construction process. This process was designed by the Classic Buildings owner, ensuring high-quality work on every single building. We also use the best lumber we can get, the highest quality paint, and ensure all of our workers have been thoroughly trained. All of this helps the building process go smoothly, and ensures a high-quality, built-to-last building.

This process requires many different skilled workers. For example, the shop foreman builds the floor – that is the first step. A few builders will then get the building ready by cutting the walls, preparing the studs, and preparing the building for painting. Once it gets to the framers, all they have to do is nail the storage shed together! Once the building process is complete, the next step is delivery. 

The Delivery Process 

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Did you know that Classic Buildings delivers approximately 70% of our buildings right to your home? When you order a storage shed, the building is loaded onto state-of-the-art delivery trucks driven by experienced and professional drivers. You can even meet our drivers here! 

Once the building is delivered to your property, we use a shed mule to help install your building. Our highly trained installation team can use the mule to maneuver storage sheds and other portable buildings in the tightest of places – so your shed can go exactly where you want it. 

On-site delivery is the easiest way for you to get your building. Our shed mules ensure little to no damage on your lawn and the set-up is simple and clean! However, some buildings cannot be delivered as a whole unit. This may be due to their size or due to add-ons (such as a lean-to). When a building cannot be delivered as a unit, Classic Buildings offers the option to build right on your site! It may be a bit messier, but it ensures that you get the perfect building without compromising your specific wants or needs.

You may also be wondering how long the building and delivery process takes. Although it depends on a few factors such as size of the building, the average shed building and delivery process takes 3-6 weeks. However, if you purchase a display model or other pre-built building, you may be able to have your new shed delivered within 7-10 days! 

Watch the video below to learn more about our delivery process!

How To Build a Storage Shed – DIY Shed Kits VS Prebuilt Sheds

The do-it-yourself (DIY) movement is more popular than ever. With so many online written guides and instructional videos, it’s easy to see why. However, it’s important to know both the pros and cons of purchasing a prebuilt sheds VS going the DIY route.

Do-It-Yourself With Shed Kits – Pros and Cons

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The biggest reason people choose to build their own shed is because it appears to be an economical choice. Building a shed right from scratch or using a shed kit is relatively inexpensive because you pay only for the parts and not for the labor. Because you are the one building it, you have 100% control over the final product and over the timeline. You set all the rules.

However, because you have full control over your shed, this can cause some problems, especially for an inexperienced handyperson.

You must have more than just a basic understanding of tools and the construction process. Shed building also requires manual labor. Although DIY guides are helpful, they are just words or videos on a screen – there is no human on the other end to help you if you get stuck. If you build your own shed, there are no guarantees or warranties if something breaks or goes wrong. 


Purchasing a Prebuilt Shed – Pros and Cons

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Purchasing a prebuilt shed from a reputable company ensures peace of mind with long warranties and guarantees. Choosing to purchase a prebuilt shed does mean greater costs up front. And of course, you will not have complete control over look and timeline. However, many shed manufacturers, including Classic Buildings, offer a wide variety of customization options.

Buying a prebuilt shed is a stress-free process and allows experienced builders to guide and help you design and customize your shed if you prefer a highly customized option without the stress of doing it yourself. Purchasing a prebuilt shed also means you won’t have to put countless hours into planning and manual labor.

Sheds do best with a foundation. Building a foundation is difficult and tiring – many who go the DIY route skip this step, and that will cause problems down the road. If you want a long-lasting shed, it’s often best to invest in a high-quality building now and avoid paying for multiple repairs or a total re-do a few years down the road.  

Ready to Buy A Storage Shed? 

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Now that you know how to build a storage shed, you may now want your very own! If you’re ready to purchase your very own dream shed, contact Classic Buildings or visit the location nearest to you.

Remember, before buying a shed you should be aware of the shed permit requirements of your municipality. Sometimes, permit requirements depend on the size of your shed. Make sure you know the requirements of your area to avoid fines.

Classic Buildings has locations throughout the Midwest, including various Missouri cities (St. Louis, Arnold, Columbia, St. Charles, Rolla, Linn, Springfield, Jefferson City, Kansas City, and Washington Missouri). We are located into Swansea Illinois and Kansas and deliver throughout the Midwest and in some cases, nationwide!

If you would like to take a look at Classic Buildings’ storage sheds, check out our brochure, or visit one of our locations to see our sheds firsthand! 

“It was a pleasure working with confident and qualified people. The workmanship and materials are second to none…I would recommend Classic Buildings to anyone who requires a building for storage, recreation or whatever your needs are.”

– Mike Dinello – Read more testimonials here!