While looking to purchase an ideal shed for your home, you may come across a common question- should I buy pre-made sheds or get a bespoke model? It's worth doing your research to see which one is best suited for you and your home.

Most probably think of sheds as an extra storage room to keep our belongings; others may want to use it as an office, a pool house, or even a greenhouse to grow plants. No matter how you plan on using them, building an excellent quality, sturdy, and spacious shed is crucial- after all, they are a pretty significant investment.

While planning to build a shed, you can either choose to buy a prefabricated model which are pre-made and easy to put together or build your own customised shed according to your needs and requirements. Of course, there are several factors such as your budget, timing, and space that determines which one of two is the best option for you and your home. But before you make your final decisions, you must do your research and weigh your options carefully.
To help you make the right decision, we have outlined some of their advantages and disadvantages below.

Bespoke sheds vs Premade sheds

Bespoke sheds are great options for those who are looking to build a shed for a slightly different reason other than a storage room. Building a bespoke shed involves working alongside experts to make decisions regarding its design, materials used, and the construction process. Choosing this option means you will be able to create a unique shed according to your individual needs and preferences.
Premade sheds are a quicker option as it requires less time and effort; however, you may sacrifice quality. Since all the parts are predesigned, built, and delivered to you, all that's required is for you to prepare the foundation for it to sit on and assemble them.

Cost

Whether you choose to build a customised shed or buy a pre-made one, the cost of buying and building varies case by case. Pre-made sheds are commonly known to be less expensive. In general, the cost of building any shed will depend on its size, materials used, added features as well as other secondary costs like delivery, construction costs, consultation, planning services, and VAT.
At Jon William stables, we have a fantastic range of wooden sheds and workshops to choose from. To see the prices in more detail, please visit our pricing guide page here.

wooden bespoke shed

Control

Creating a bespoke shed will allow you to have full control over its design and construction process. You will be able to choose what type of wood you want to use, what size and shape you want it to be as well as what colour you want to paint it.
You will also be able to decide on the placement of the windows and doors, types of roof coverings, linings, and the security system. And since you will be involved with the process from the very beginning, you will be able to monitor everything carefully and stop any mistakes from happening. This will guarantee the quality and longevity of your shed.
On the other hand, if you choose to get a pre-made shed, you will have less control over the design. You may not be able to add extra features, adjust the size, or be able to pick the materials you want. You may even find yourself having to compromise on the quality.

Quality

Bespoke sheds can be pricier than pre-made sheds; however, they can save you a lot of time and money in the future. With custom build sheds, you get the opportunity to pick high-quality wood and materials, which means your shed will be more durable and long-lasting. There is also less maintenance work required with them.
However, this does not mean that all pre-made sheds are of low quality and poorly designed. If buying from a good supplier, your pre-made shed will stand for at least 15 to 20 years.

Appearance

Many homeowners like it when their sheds match or at least compliment their home well. If this is the case for you too, bespoke sheds may be the better option. You will be able to design your shed to mimic your house and ensure that they make a great addition to your property.
As for the pre-made sheds, although their designs are standard, you can still choose to customise them yourself by painting it's exterior to match your home and the surroundings it sits on.

Convenience

We mentioned earlier that pre-made sheds are more convenient and easier to work with. As they are already designed and pre-made by professionals, all you need to do is pick a place to put it and wait for it to be delivered to your door.
Bespoke sheds, on the other hand, will require a lot more time and effort, from planning the design and structure of the shed to doing the groundworks and giving it a final paint job, the process takes much longer.

The best option for you 

Whether you go for a uniquely designed bespoke shed or settle for a professional-looking pre-made shed, the quality of the material used and a good production process is what determines their durability. This is why we believe these are the two main things you should look into before choosing your supplier and making the final purchase.

Our team at Jon William Stables has all the expertise required to deliver you high-quality timber buildings including sheds, garages, stables, and other mobile buildings. If you want to talk about our ranges or need help deciding whether pre-made or a bespoke shed is best suited for you, give us a call on 01380 850 965.