Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 126
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by lotstomow Very Good value but add-ons definitely needed.
After looking at shed prices and features at multiple vendors in my area, I was shocked at how expensive they were, delivery charges and upcharges on things like wider doors. I have a riding mower with a 48" deck which is 60" wide with the discharge chute. So finding a shed with a 60+ inch door was tough.
I happened to see this model at my local Home Depot and was surprised to find the shed had a 64" door with full length piano hinges in 12' depth. I was impressed by the overhead storage features and the price. I went immediately and read all the reviews and was drawn to the number of people who had good reviews for the product and who made suggestions on improving the shed. I'm moderately handy, have done framing, roofing, etc in the past and didn't feel this was out of my range. I purchased about $500 of extra materials. I have listed them below:
3" exterior screws
4" exterior screws
Galvanized roofing nails
2 12' PT 2x4 for the floor frame
4 12' 2x4 for the side walls
3 3/4 PT 4'x8' plywood for the floor
6 2x4x8' PT to upgrade the floor to 16" on center
6 2x4x8' to upgrade walls to 16" on center
4 bundles of shingles (used exactly that many with nothing but scraps left over
caulk - 6 tubes
5 gals paint (interior)
2 gals primer (exterior)
2 gals exterior paint
1 gal white for trim
3 4x4x12 PT for runners under deck.
Hasp and padlock.
Concrete blocks in various sizes for leveling runners since my site was slightly sloped.
I had assorted nails and other screws around from other projects.
I already have a power nailer so I used that to frame the walls and floor and roof although the nailer was a bit too powerful for the OSB decking for the roof that is provided...
My suggestions tor completing this project:
I ordered gravel to set a pad. I spent a lot of time leveling the gravel before I even started the deck. Spend as much time as you need to level the foundation, runners and deck before you start building. An uneven foundation will make leveling and putting walls up so much harder.
Make sure you check the level of all your walls and where they meet. This makes lining up the roof SO much easier.
Read the directions through before you buy this kit since they are posted here online. This will tell you much about what tools you need and skills you must have to complete this project. Have at least 2 ladders on hand, this will facilitate completing so many parts of the project.
Have 2-3 days and at least one helper for all of that time. My wife and I built this together starting Friday morning and finishing the major part of it on Saturday night. I shingled it on Sunday which took about 3 1/2 hours and then we painted over the next few days.
Biggest complaints: Cobbing together 8' and 4' is not a great idea for strength... Buy the 12 footers and make your life easier and your structure stronger. Upgrade to at least 16" on center if you have any type of concern about wind and snow load. We live in upstate NY and get heavy snow. My friend figured that the structure without upgrade had a about a 20-30 pound snow load which is not enough for up here.
Nowhere near enough screws and nails provided but thankfully many noted that in their reviews. Plan on buying all of this stuff and anything they do provide is bonus.
Add more support to the loft as 250# load capacity is not much for the space provided.
**Make sure you fully inspect the package at Home Depot**... First package they brought down was damaged badly on the back and that was the side up against the forklift so it would have been really easy to miss. The store had 3 and when I went and looked closely 2 out of 3 were damaged and wet... The package I brought home was undamaged but I did notice that one of the OSB deck sheets for the roof was wet and moldy. We left that one out in the sun to dry and bleached it to kill the mold.
Make sure you go through the package carefully and account for every item. Then separate them out in sections: walls, floor, loft, roof, etc... That will make your process for assembly easier if you are not always searching for components.
We paint sprayed the interior bright white to make it brighter inside and prevent splinters from the OSB components (walls, shelving, etc). We also put 2 coats of porch and floor paint on the floor deck to prevent water from damaging the floor over time (wet tractors and mower wheels, etc.)
Doors are great but they swing easily and wind blows them -- I just ordered 18" cane bolts to attach to the doors to keep them open. I purchased a pre-made folding ramp from Harbor Freight and built it into the front of the shed as a ramp to get the tractor in and out. The bottoms of the doors do overlap the deck so getting a ramp flush to the deck is not possible but this was the best option and allowed us to stow the ramp for the winters.
Door knob and lock are nice, but don't appear to be really sturdy for security so I added a hasp and padlock.
I really like the height and windows on this model... the extra space overhead is a real bonus and the the windows with the bright white interior make it bright enough for the wife to use for potting plants, small workshop projects etc. I'm going to add a 4' lean to on the left next for storage of other items and I'm also going to add some outlets inside and just put an exterior inlet in for power from the house when I want it.
I definitely think this was worth the price. I would figure on spending about $3000 to purchase a shed with all these features and size locally so this was a very good price $1500 for materials and 2 1/2 days labor.
August 15, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Thomas Easier than I expected
This was my first major project and it has been much easier than I anticipated. It is a perfect size for my backyard and has great storage space with the loft and shelves.
There are a few things to keep in mind before you buy:
1) this is a 2 person job
2) You do not need a professional
3) Foundation, paint & roofing materials are not included
September 8, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Umma Worth buying - great deal!
Recently, a friend of mine and I, both amateur but experienced woodworkers, put up the Majestic 8’ x 12’ shed over a period of 2 days. We both agreed that the quality of the materials, the well thought-out/clever design and instructions were impressive. It fit together exactly as specified. There were a couple of twisted studs - big deal. The fact that I got it on sale for $899 was a bonus. Home Depot loaded it with a fork lift and it fit perfectly in my full-size pick-up between the wheel wells with cap on – nice design and great packaging. However, we did make a few modifications in construction that are worth considering: (1) purchase 12’ 2 x 4’s and 12’ 2 x 3’s for constructing the base and side walls for better structural integrity to avoid splicing together 8’ and 4’ sticks (a necessary consequence of the packaging), (2) construct the floor base with 2 x 4’s at 16” OC instead of 24” OC, (3) fasten the floor joists and wall studs with 3” screws instead of nails for better strength (an impact drill will be a big help), (4) use a nail gun to fasten the wall panels for speed of construction and (5) use ¾” plywood for the floor. We needed 4+ bundles of shingles. I wasn’t convinced a cheap kit could result in such a sturdy reasonable shed but I was wrong!
November 24, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by GeneratorJoe Good Bang For Your Buck
I put this shed together over a weekend with the help of a few neighbors. Overall it's a pretty good kit. I made a few mistakes mostly because I got ahead of the directions ;). I am happy with the shed.
My only complaint is that the wood to build the floor frame was NOT TREATED, even though it was marked that way. The wood was way too clean and light to have been treated. I contacted the company and they said they would reimburse the cost of treated wood.
Plan to spend about $300 - $400 more in parts when building the shed. (floor panels, shingles etc.)
November 1, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Ryan I really like the "Look" of the shed in my yard. Solid color doors add a great contrast to the rest of the building.
The shed took 3 days to put together my self. I did need help on day two to hold the walls up while I secured everything. I placed my shed on a cement slab and added a shelf above the workbench. I really like the loft shelves and the tall walls. My last shed was "Barn style" and I could not hang yard tools on the wall. I colored the barn a tan with dark brown trim. I painted the doors a solid dark green. Fits will with my house. Don't forget to factor in about $500 for paint, shingles, drip edge etc.
October 3, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Albert The Shed Looks Majestic
We bought this at local homedepot store with discounted price. It had been kept inside the store, no mold whatsoever, but there are several "bad" studs - usable but not good. Everything you needed is inside the package - except shingles, drip edges, some nails etc. Overall, the instruction is useful and helpful, you need to read it very carefully.
We "upgrade" the construction plan, 1), for floor frame and two side walls, use 16" spacing NOT 24" spacing; 2), Use 2x4x144" stud for floor frame (NOT 2x4x48" + 2x4x96" for both side frame) These options required us to make new purchases - (6 x) 2x3x78.5"; (1 x) 2x4x93"; (2 x) 2x4x144". We also purchased two 4x4x144" treated wood for runners (see pictures).
My wife and me built this shed entirely by ourselves without any other's help. (Our neighbors would offer the help if needed.) We spent about extra US$450 for shingles, nails, screws, painting, felt, drip edge, additional studs.
We rent homedepot's $20 truck for 75 minutes to delivery the package to our home (6.5 miles away from store), homedepot stuff moved the package to truck and we cut the packaging material to move the shed product to our garage by our hands in 20 minutes.
We use entirely the new hammer which is purchased from homedepot the first day of the project to finish this shed. We are happy to report that this DIY build (Handy Home Majestic 8'x12') looks majestic and is very solid. Use hammer!
Overall, we think the DIY package is worth its value even though it would be more welcome if better wood material used in this package.
August 17, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Satisfied Good Value ( more work than I had anticipated)!
Overall the kit was a good value, and the design was very good. Get comfortable with the instructions BEFORE you start the project, and follow them in the exact order they are given, this is especially true to experienced builders that are used to doing a project a certain way! I did not and added days to my building time. Instructions are a bit hard to follow until you understand what and why author did, then they are easy. Plan to spend a minimum of $ 500 additional dollars on things that are not included in the kit like flooring, roofing, better fasteners, paint and unusable lumber in the kit. I overbuilt my shed going to 16 rather than 24 inches on center in both the walls and floor, as I needed more than 10 years active life from my project. If you paint outer wall sections before you install them you will save time. This project to two of us 4 full days to complete, and it is a two man project for most aspects of this build. You will find a decent amount of muscle is needed to torque things into square as a result of substandard lumber. Overall the end result was really good and I have the shed stuffed to the gills already. I would recommend adding a screen type vent to this shed which is not included in the kit. Even on days as cool as 70 sunny degrees the interior of the shed gets into the high 90's and smells really bad from decaying grass. As for the nearly $100 of unusable and missing lumber I had to replace I have contacted the company and they have told me to send them the receipts and they will replace or refund me for the substandard lumber. While I now have roughly $2,000 into this shed I am pleased with the result and am confident it will last longer than 10 years!
October 20, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 Disappointing, but workable
It's definitely an improvement over what I had. The "attic" area and built-in upper shelves mean I can store more in less space, and it's better organized. However ...
The first issue was unloading it. The packaged pallet was 12-feet long, but the delivery truck didn't have the equipment to offload it intact (and it wouldn't have fit on the lift gate), so the guys had to unwrap it, move all the pieces, and then restack.
The side studs are only 2x3, not 2x4. Some were warped. The lumber is not pressure-treated. And there were pieces missing (yes, should have been included) that had to be purchased separately to complete.
I was told the directions are difficult to follow: Sometimes you find out two or three pages later what you should have done earlier.
Fortunately, the contractor was experienced and gracious enough to make it all work. And added reinforcements and little tweaks to ensure that it was solid and would last for many years. But as a result, the project took days longer than expected and went over budget.
Bottom line: The contractor I hired to put it together could have built something similar with better materials, had I known.
October 26, 2015