Building a Costco garden shed kit

javan(9b n. coastalCA)November 16, 2010

Because our old metal shed is losing its roof to rust and contained our garden amendments we decided to build a new wooden garden shed. We purchased a Costco kit (Costco is a members warehouse store with an online component as well as physical stores). They were having a sale on the 10ft by 8ft kit shed for $799 which would be drop shipped to our house.

We began by preparing a spot next to our vegetable garden area. The site selected is not flat and that led to some complications, but our property slopes throughout its length so this section was really no different than anywhere else.

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We used pier blocks for the base with pressure treated 4x4's.

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We used closer spacing of the floor joists than was required.

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We laid the dance floor down (it became the main construction place.)

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The first wall was put up.

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Then the side walls were put together.

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Front wall pieces and first shelf put in.

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Roof joists were put up.

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Roof panels were screwed in.

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After the tar paper, the roof shingles were nailed in place.

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Doors were hung.

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A deck by the front door was constructed, and stairs done as well.

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Caulking of vents, solar panel for light was placed, and tools were hung up.

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Success was declared.

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The entire process working mostly on weekends took almost two months for two people who are amateurs in the building world. It is satisfying to have built it ourselves, and probably cost in the $1500 range when all was said and done.

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javan(9b n. coastalCA)

Oops, I blew the pics. I'll try again.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2010 at 8:38PM
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javan(9b n. coastalCA)

Because our old metal shed is losing its roof to rust and contained our garden amendments we decided to build a new wooden garden shed. We purchased a Costco kit (Costco is a members warehouse store with an online component as well as physical stores). They were having a sale on the 10ft by 8ft kit shed for $799 which would be drop shipped to our house.
We began by preparing a spot next to our vegetable garden area. The site selected is not flat and that led to some complications, but our property slopes throughout its length so this section was really no different than anywhere else.

We used pier blocks for the base with pressure treated 4x4's.

We used closer spacing of the floor joists than was required.

We laid the dance floor down (it became the main construction place.)

The first wall was put up.

Then the side walls were put together.

Front wall pieces and first shelf put in.

Roof joists were put up.

Roof panels were screwed in.

After the tar paper, the roof shingles were nailed in place.

Doors were hung.

A deck by the front door was constructed, and stairs done as well.


Caulking of vents, solar panel for light was placed, and tools were hung up.

Success was declared.

The entire process working mostly on weekends took almost two months for two people who are amateurs in the building world. It is satisfying to have built it ourselves, and probably cost in the $1500 range when all was said and done.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2010 at 9:26PM
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cheapheap(7a)

Very nice! I really like the coach house doors - are they 5' wide?

    Bookmark   December 1, 2010 at 2:43AM
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javan(9b n. coastalCA)

Doors are about 5'4" wide in total. The shed is being very usable, and I like the doors too. We added a hook and eye to each door to keep them open when needed.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2010 at 6:28PM
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