What to Do with Your Old Backyard Storage Shed: Remove, Renovate, or Rebuild?

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If you've got an old storage shed on your property and not quite sure what to do with it, the good news is: There are quite a few fun and/or functional options available.

Depending on various factors, like your goals for the shed, the condition of it, budget and timeline, etc, one of several remedies will do:

  •  Demolish the shed to make room for something else
  • Demolish and rebuild a shed
  • Renovate what's already standing there

The choice is entirely up to you, but if you need help determining which method is best for you, we can help.

In rare situations, there are exceptions to what you can do. For example, if the shed is protected under Historical Society regulations, you likely will not be able to demolish it.

Demolish and Remove the Shed

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Shed demolition is easily the quickest option, taking less than an hour or two to complete with the help of heavy machinery.

If you're sick of looking at your old shed and just want it gone, having it demolished is the quickest way to get rid of it. Plus, the cost of shed demolition is relatively inexpensive at $500 - $1,000.

Several factors influence the total cost, such as whether the demolition is done with heavy machinery or by hand, whether or not the shed has a concrete foundation that needs to be removed, the location of the shed, and a number of other factors.

Once that shed is out of there, you'll have more space in your yard or room for something else, like a playscape, hot tub, gazebo, or other outdoor space.

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Demolish and Rebuild Your Shed from Scratch

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If you need a functioning shed or simply don't like the shed you have now, another option is demolishing your old shed and building a new one from scratch.

This allows you the most freedom, giving you a clean slate to work with and allowing you to build the shed you really want.

You can use materials that are as inexpensive or high-quality as you like, and depending on the complexity of the project and your skill level, you may even be able to build the new shed yourself.

A simplified outline of the shed construction process looks something like this:

  • Build the walls
  • Construct the roof in two pieces
  • Erect the walls
  • Lift the roof panels into position
  • Attach the door
  • Install the windows
  • Attach the exterior trim
  • Install shingles or metal roofing
  • Stain and/or paint the shed

Of course, not everyone is capable of building their own shed, and most certainly, not everyone wants to build their own shed.

Having a new shed built costs on average, between $2,000 and $3,000. Of course, this depends on a number of factors, including the size, style, and materials of the shed being built, along with where you live, who you hire, etc.

So, if you choose to demolish the shed and have a new one built in its place, expect to pay somewhere around $2,500 and $4,000 total.

Renovate the Storage Shed into Something New

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If the shed isn't in total disrepair, you can get away with simply upgrading the one you have in order to better suit your needs.

For example, upgrading a shed's exterior is a fast way to give it a whole new look. Paint the walls, repair or replace the siding and/or roof, add new trim—all of this can give your shed a serious facelift.

If the interior of your shed is what's in need of the work, clean the entire shed out and assess what the space needs and how you can best utilize it to fit its future purpose.

Do you want to have a storage shed, garden shed, or a place to just hang out? Whatever your intentions for the shed, renovate it to better cater to those needs.

Are some of the beams in need of replacement? Are you interested in switching up the layout? Reach out to a local interior demolition or shed demolition contractor to determine the best course of action.

This type of work is relatively inexpensive, costing a couple hundred dollars on average.

Working from What You Already Have Without Demo

If you're not looking to do any demolishing or major replacements, there are still a number of things you can do to revamp your shed.

Add more storage, like shelves and hooks, new lighting or a ceiling fan, and a fresh stain or coat of paint, and your old shed will feel like a brand new space.

This is easily the least expensive approach to an old shed but isn't an option for sheds in serious shambles.


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