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In this video, I build the Heartland Stratford 12 foot by 8 foot shed, purchased from Lowes on sale. This video covers some of the process and challenges I encountered when building a modified floor design with a prefab kit. The other challenges included dealing with poor quality structural lumber that was warped, twisted or bowed. The take away for the manufacturer would be to supply a better framing structure and wall studs made from thick plywood as opposed to 2 X 3s. In the end I made it all work but it didn’t really save me any time versus building from scratch. The kit did come with all the hardware and the OSB boards for the roof. The roofing itself was made up of Ondura corrugated roofing panels.

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44 Responses

  1. Worked in a sawmill for many years, all of the lumber that wouldn’t make grade went into a separate bin to be sold for just what you bought. They nearly give that lumber away, it has always been a joke with me, that you build your own stuff so you know what you are getting in the end. I know some persons don’t have the tools or the know how, but for those of us who do, buy your own materials, no kits. for those who don’t have the required know how, find a contractor that will do the job right. Great video, thank you.

    1. Thanks Ray! I figured as much. Either that or they left this kit out in the sun for a few weeks. For what you get, the kits aren’t worth it. This one came together but it took a lot of fiddling and trips to the lumber yard to replace some of the wall studs.

  2. I have assembled three similar sheds, for friends, from big-box stores, over the years. The plans were poor, the structure weak, and the materials quite substandard. My father scratch-built a shed more than fifty years ago, and it looks brand new, and has survived many heavy-snow winters. The kits look old and weak, and have had to be repaired. Forget the kits. Buy the materials and build a better structure.

    1. Here in California, the company Tuff Shed makes really good sheds and they’ll come out and build it for you. Paid about $4900 for a 10×10 with 10 year warranty and I did zero labor. Been living in it for 4 years, very solid, good roof, no problems.

    2. @Tom Buskey tell your wife that if she wants a shed, to either go make the money to buy one herself or she learns how to build. Women with demands and no accountability are useless

  3. Wonderful, and informative, thank you for taking the time to share with us. This will come in handy on next shed project. I wish I had a helpful puppy like yours : )

  4. I scratch build sheds and have never really seen the benefit of the larger wooden kits. You end up doing just as much work, throwing away bad materials and having to figure it out on the fly. The shed kit costs three times the material cost from the same retailer.

    The tiny plastic or metal sheds are OK for their price, but if you know how to frame and cut plywood or roof tin, then just buy materials and start building.

    1. Randy Rowe  – good ideas about timing of materials. However on the idea of a slab, it would be an expensive and time consuming project. I saw that the ground was nowhere close to being level, so it would seem a poor idea to spend all of that time and expense on the slab, only to build a very cheap (materials) shed on top.

    2. I built my 10×10 prolly 30 some yrs ago ,materials were around 300,used 6×6’s for post,new homeowner tore it down,10×10 is way too small unless YOUR NOT ALLOWED anything bigger

    3. @Red Squirrel just keep going to home dep & gathering cull lumber for a fraction of cost,craigslist-used supply, 2,3k for a wood floor that will rot ?

  5. I built a shed and used them blue barrels to make it float on 2 20 foot poles, when the Mississippi River comes up the shed floats and lands back were it was before the flood. Got tired of moving stuff all the time.

    1. I remember seeing one of those “in the future” type programs that mention when humans have reproduced to the point of no where to go we will start building homes like that that float in the ocean and rise and lower depending on the tide. Same idea as your shed. They have predicted entire cities built like this so a shed is a good start in the flood zone lol

  6. The Shed Kit cost $520 but that doesn’t include a floor, roofing materials, foundation extra lumber etc. The whole build cost approx $3000 when it was done , including the Deck blocks, floor timber, flooring, shed kit, roofing materials, hardware and paint.

  7. I did enjoy watching how u build the shed. I like that you elevated the flooring. Since I am no carpenter, I have decided get the shed from Costco. A bit reasonable price. I got some ideas from your video, I hope I can incorporate it while my shed is being built. You are an awesome carpenter. Thank you for sharing.

  8. The BEST roofing paper/underlayment, is “Feltbuster”. It’s a synthetic not tearable roofing membrane that is 10 times better than roofing paper, much more durable, and actually serves as a vapor barrier that is much stronger, 5 times lighter, and cost efficient (about the same cost as conventional roofing paper). The big advantage, besides being lighter than roofing paper, one roll (4’ x 250’) covers 1000 square feet of roof, and not only is it NOT easy to tear, but it doesn’t make you itch (like roofing paper).
    I have been using this in replacement of roofing paper, and I’ll never use the standard roofing tar paper again. Most DIY stores carry it. What a find!

  9. Just doesn’t seem worth; it $520 is nothing to sneeze at for me so yeah… thank you very much you’ve probably saved me a lot of pain! <3

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