Can’t Find a Prefab Shed You Like? Try Custom Carpentry Instead

Our contractor had great suggestions about the features that would work for us

Submitted by Karin A.

Custom built storage shed

The Snapshot

Why did you look for a contractor?

Custom build a storage shed.

Why did you choose this particular contractor?

Referral from someone we knew.

How do you feel about the results?

I love it! I am so happy!

If a friend asked you for a referral, what would you say about this contractor?

They did a great job. They were timely and got it done exactly as promised.

The Full Scoop

I needed storage space – more than I had in my garage – to store some large items like a washer and dryer, and furniture left to me by my mother. My husband and I looked at a LOT of prefab sheds at Lowes and Home Depot, but couldn’t find what we wanted.

So we decided to hire a contractor to custom build a storage shed. Someone we knew referred ACS; we met with them, liked them, and thought they had done great work for our friend, so we chose them.

I had a basic concept, especially after seeing so many, and I worked with ACS to develop the plan. Ryan, the owner, was really good about making suggestions about the best way to do things and why. He gave me a lot of information, then let me decide what was important.

We decided on a shed 12 x 16 feet, 20 feet high at the center. It’s like a small house. In the back third, there’s a really nice feature -- a big roomy loft, about the depth of a king-size bed, for storing boxes

They did a really, really good job. It’s so much nicer than anything else I have seen. I feel the construction will last forever.

What advice would you give to other homeowners based on your experience?

  1. Purpose. Know what you’re going to use your storage shed for. Do you want shelves? A wall pegboard for storing tools? Windows? (Windows mean people can peek through and see what you’re storing.)

  2. Foundation. You might want a concrete foundation for extra strength. I decided not to build a foundation because it would be a lot more expensive. But we put the shed up on concrete blocks, so it’s off the ground.

  3. Weather protection. Make sure your shed is watertight to protect your possessions from moisture.

  4. Electricity. You can run electricity into your shed. I didn’t feel the need but Ryan did recommend using an outdoor extension cord to hang a little portable lightbulb inside during the winter. Just that tiny bit of heat will help prevent mold by keeping out humidity.

  5. Access. You can have a ramp built if you want to put in heavy things. We just needed steps, which were not included in the cost. Ryan had actually torn them off another project. They would have just gone to the dump so he just threw them in for free.

  6. Quality of construction. This is very important. We got good materials and the construction was done properly, unlike most of the prefabricated sheds, which are built so poorly they’ll only last a year or two.

Side view of storage shed

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