How Much Does a Shed Cost?

16 March

Need to Know:

  • If you’re thinking about getting a new shed, carport or garage, one of the first things that’s going to cross your mind is “how much is a shed going to cost?”. This article takes a look at the handful of big-ticket items that you’ll need to budget for.

  • There’s the price of a shed structure itself, but there are also other costs involved to get the site ready, costs for council approvals, and the fees for professionals such as engineers and surveyors.

  • To avoid overextending yourself or taking on an uncomfortable debt, we recommend getting your head around the costs involved. The last thing you want is any expensive surprises down the track.

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Ross Barker

Managing Director, Buffalo Built

In this Article:

Shed Costs: What to Include in Your Budget

1. The shed structure itself

The shed itself is just part of the overall project cost. Of course, the actual dollar figure for your shed is going to depend on a whole range of factors like the size of the shed, how complex it is, and what inclusions you’d like such as awnings, roller doors, windows and ventilation. The style of sheds we build can range from a simple open machinery cover or carport, to high end stables, to American barns with multiple pitched roofs and mezzanine floors.

When you’re comparing prices from different suppliers, make sure you’re comparing apples with apples: not all shed companies use quality Australian-made products and offer galvanised frames as standard.

2. Council and engineering costs

There are a few experts that you’ll need to bring in to get your shed project up and running. You’ll need to budget around 10 – 20% of the total cost for third-party fees for planning, engineering and council inspection costs. A council representative may need to inspect and approve your design and this process involves a levy, a lodging fee and often building survey costs as well.

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3. The concrete slab

Both open machinery covers and enclosed lockup structures will require some site preparation, including pouring the concrete slab. In fact, we recommend that all sheds have cement floors, and the most economical time to pour the slab is at the start of your build.

Our Managing Director Ross has answered the most common questions about concrete slabs on our blog. You’ll need to factor in any site prep work on your property and the concreter’s fee for laying the slab.

4. Building and trades

Even if you’re going down the DIY owner-builder route, there are a few areas that you’ll want to call in the experts for. Professional plumbers and electricians will ensure your shed is wired and plumbed safely and to a high standard.

"Consider any additional drainage or services costs that may be involved too: on site connections could include some additional work such as trenching or pipe works."
Ross Barker
Ross Barker
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5. Extras

Your basic shed structure is just the beginning: depending on your budget and vision for your property, you can include all kinds of additional components such as water storage and retention systems, fire sprinkler connections, solar panels, landscaping around your structure, and any internal fit out to get your shed set up just the way you want it.

Costs for any of these add-ons can be minimal or can run into the thousands… the only limit is your imagination!

Picture of Ross Barker

Ross Barker

Managing Director, Buffalo Built

We’ll help you get a shed that fits your budget

Buffalo Built has been designing and fabricating sheds throughout Victoria for over 20 years, growing to be one of Wangaratta’s most respected shed builders for the residential and rural markets. We know a shed project is a big deal, and our team is here to support you throughout the whole process from initial budgeting right through to handover.