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Buying Guide for Affordable Sheds With Premium Quality

by Dakota Storage Buildings, on July 10, 2023

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Investing in a shed is a practical decision, whether you need a spot for your gardening tools, extra storage space, or a haven for your hobbies. But navigating how to buy a shed can be overwhelming with the number of options, styles, sizes, and price points available on the market. How do you ensure you get a premium-quality shed without breaking the bank? In this guide, we want to equip you with the knowledge you need to make a confident, informed decision. From selecting a style that suits your needs to understanding the importance of size, identifying essential features, and choosing a reputable builder. We want to help you find high-quality, affordable sheds that serve their intended purpose and complement your outdoor space. 

Start With the Basics

A shed serves many purposes, whether it is nurturing your green thumb, creating a room for your hobbies, or simply providing an organized space for those extra bits and pieces around the house. Understanding that you can maintain quality and budget is crucial when you buy a shed. Finding high-quality sheds that do not break the bank is possible, and we want to give you helpful knowledge and insights to make your shed-buying process seamless. Each choice you make — from the style and size to the installation and builder — influences the final product in your backyard. Let’s look at all of the components that work together to give you a space that is truly your own.

Shed Style Options

The style of your shed can set the tone for your entire outdoor space and reflects your unique tastes and personality. The style of your shed should align with its intended purpose and blend in with your home and surrounding landscape. Here are three common types that you can consider. 

Barn Style

This rustic, traditional style evokes a sense of the countryside and can be an excellent choice if you are aiming for a classic look. Barn-style sheds usually have gambrel roofs that provide additional overhead space. They are an excellent fit for extensive storage needs or if you plan to set up a workshop.

Modern Style

A modern shed might be the perfect choice for those looking for a sleek, contemporary design. These sheds feature clean lines and a minimalist design. Whether it is to match a modern home or to create a striking design contrast in a more traditional setting, modern sheds can provide a fresh look to your outdoor space.

Basic Style

If functionality is your primary concern, a basic style shed could be ideal. Basic sheds focus on providing the space you need without unnecessary features. They are often the most affordable option and are perfect for those looking for practical storage solutions.

Deciding on the Right Size

Size matters when it comes to choosing the perfect shed for your needs. The size of your shed directly impacts its functionality, cost, and even the need for building permits. The purpose of your shed is the primary determinant of its size. A small or medium-sized shed might suffice if you plan to store garden tools and a lawnmower. However, if you are thinking of storing larger items like a boat or creating a workspace, a more oversized shed will be necessary. For those considering transforming their shed into a living space or office, think about how much space will be required for furniture. Choose a shed size that can comfortably accommodate all your items while leaving some room for future needs.

Another important consideration is the available space in your yard. Is it spacious enough for a large shed, or would a smaller one be better? A too-large shed can overpower your yard, while a too-small one may not meet your storage needs. Some areas have building regulations that limit the size of outdoor structures. Check with your local building department to find out if there are restrictions on shed size in your area.

Choosing the right size for your shed is about finding the perfect balance between your storage needs, available yard space, and regulatory requirements. Once you consider these factors, you can select a shed that fits and meets everything on your checklist. While it is tempting to think 'bigger is better,' the most important thing is that your shed should be perfect for you.

shed up close

Quality Materials and Craftsmanship Creates Durability 

Features are the fundamental elements that add functionality, durability, and charm to your shed. They transform it from a simple outdoor structure to a functional space tailored to your needs. As you look at different shed options, pay close attention to these key standard features.

Durable Roofing

The roof is critical to any shed, protecting it from the elements. The roof style not only influences your shed's aesthetics but also determines the amount of storage space. We offer Owens Corning's TruDefinition Duration® shingles and Long Creek Steel’s steel roofing because they provide superior protection. 

Non-slip Flooring

A robust and sturdy floor is crucial for the longevity of your shed, especially if you plan to store heavy items. We use tongue-and-groove high-performance OSB flooring that is specifically engineered to resist large amounts of moisture. You will never have to worry about warping, even when it gets wet. 

Beautiful Windows

Windows can make your shed feel more inviting by letting in natural light. They are especially essential if you use your shed as a workspace, hobby room, or living space. Consider the size, type, and placement of windows based on your need for light and ventilation.

Water-tight Siding

The siding material can impact your shed's durability and maintenance needs. Engineered wood siding offers a classic look without compromising on durability. Vinyl or metal siding is another low-maintenance and weather-resistant option.

Premium Wood Doors

The size and style of the shed door should align with its primary use. To store large items, ensure the door is wide enough for easy access. We offer sturdy single and double doors to accommodate any need.

High-quality Craftsmanship

We use quality materials because our buildings represent our craftsmanship and integrity. Plus, premium materials are easier to build with, and they cut down on future maintenance. When creating a shed, these high-quality materials lead to a durable shed; you can ensure your shed will last.

Elevate Your Shed With Accessories 

Accessories are those small yet significant elements that bring an extra layer of convenience and character to your shed. Choose accessories that align with your needs, preferences, and budget. With the right accessories, your shed becomes more than just an outdoor storage space; it becomes an extension of your home where you love to spend time. 

Window Shutters and Flower Boxes

Window shutters add a touch of classic charm, while flower boxes add a splash of color and life to your shed. These features can transform your shed into a vibrant part of your backyard. This is the perfect addition to your shed to increase curb appeal. 

shed with flower boxes

Storage Options

Storage accessories can significantly increase the functionality of your shed. Shelves, for instance, can help you take advantage of the vertical space. A loft allows you to use the overhead space for storing items that are not frequently used. A built-in workbench can be necessary if you plan to use your shed as a workspace.

Lighting and Electrical Accessories

Consider installing light fixtures if you plan to use your shed in the evening or for tasks requiring good lighting. For sheds serving as a workspace or outdoor retreat, electrical outlets will be necessary for running tools, charging devices, or even powering a mini fridge for those hot summer days.

Payment Options for Every Budget

When you buy a shed, consider your budget and financial comfort before choosing a payment method. Consider not only the cost of the shed itself but also any additional costs such as delivery, installation, and future maintenance. There are multiple purchasing options available that can work for your financial needs. 

Pay in Full

Paying in full up front is the simplest method, allowing you to own your shed outright from day one. This option is especially appealing if you have the funds readily available. 


Financing involves taking a loan to purchase your shed, which you repay over a predetermined period. When considering financing, consider factors like the interest rate, loan term, and monthly payments. Be sure you understand the terms and conditions of the loan agreement before you sign on the dotted line. 

Payment Plans

Some shed providers may offer more flexible payment plans than traditional financing. This might include options like rent-to-own, where you make monthly payments towards owning the shed. These plans typically do not require a credit check and offer more flexible terms.

Delivery and Installation Made Easy

After you buy a shed, you must prepare the site for installation. This includes clearing the area of any debris, ensuring the ground is level, and considering the drainage around the shed site. If the ground is unlevel, it can lead to structural problems. Good drainage is also critical to prevent water from pooling around your shed.

Professional installation can provide peace of mind that the job is done correctly. If you choose to get a shed, ensure you fully understand the process and check your city’s regulations before starting. You may need a permit for your shed, and there might be restrictions on its size or the materials used. 

Get a High-quality and Affordable Shed

Finding a high-quality shed that fits your budget may seem daunting, especially with the numerous available options. It is essential to understand that 'affordable' does not always mean 'cheap.' Affordable sheds offer value for your money — a durable, well-built structure that serves its purpose over a long period. It might cost a bit more upfront, but it will save you from frequent repairs or replacement costs in the future.

The quality and cost of your shed are heavily influenced by numerous factors, including the materials used in its construction. Wooden, metal, plastic, and resin all have different price tags associated with the material. Your shed's size and design complexity will also impact its cost. A larger, more complex shed with additional features costs more than a basic, smaller structure. Understand your storage needs and how you plan to use your shed before deciding on size and design.

Another option you must consider before making the final purchase is if you want a pre-built or custom shed. Pre-built sheds are typically more affordable and quicker to install than custom sheds. However, they may not meet specific needs or fit unique spaces and a custom-built shed. A custom shed might be worth the extra investment if you require a shed with specific features or a unique size or shape.

workers building a shed

We're Here Every Step of the Way

It is important to consider who is constructing your outdoor shed carefully. With a reputable builder like Dakota, you can be confident you will buy a shed with the best materials, fair pricing, and exceptional craftsmanship. Choosing Dakota as your shed builder ensures you get quality materials, customization options, transparent pricing, after-sale service, and more. Our dedicated team ensures every shed we build meets the highest quality and durability standards. Our commitment to customer satisfaction means we are here to guide you every step of the way, from initial design choices to final installation. And with our comprehensive workbook, you have all the information you need to make the best decision for your next shed. Get closer to enjoying high-quality, affordable sheds by downloading our free guide, Shed Buying Workbook. 

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