A recent trend has been sweeping the U.S. in tiny houses. Millennials are opting to buy or have built tiny houses in lieu of being tied to a huge mortgage for the rest of their lives. Another trend that has taken off is the He Shed and/or She Shed.
I did a quick search on he shed, she sheds and came across an unbelievable number of images, ideas and designs. It seems that the backyard shed is no longer just a small building that holds your lawn accessories.
There are pub sheds, bar sheds, studio sheds, and cottages. You can shop for sheds on google and there is even a He Shed She Shed internet show with full episodes about sheds on the FYI network.
So before you go all “gung ho” and get in over your head, let’s take a look at what is involved.
- There are “shed kits” available. But these “kits” don’t include permits, foundation and flooring, shingles, drywall, electricity, insulation, plumbing or professional installation if you don’t do it yourself.
- Poured foundations cost about $75 in materials, $100 per hour is you hire it done.
- It will cost you about $150 to have electric run from your home to the shed at 50 feet. Hiring an electrician is about $50 to $100 an hour.
- Adding plumbing for bathrooms or sinks add about $1,000 to $1,500 just for supply and drain lines.
With that said, you can save some money by doing some things yourself if you are qualified. You may want to hire out the parts that you are not sure you can handle.
Ultimately, is your area climate conducive to having a fancy shed? If it would cost too much to heat it you may want to rethink and just add a sunroom on the back of your home. You may also want to think about resale value. Although they may be a nifty idea, these specialty sheds don’t add any value since they don’t add to the heated and cooled square footage of your home. Define what purpose your specialty shed would serve first. If it’s just an additional to bring you joy, then by all means go for it.
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