Tuff Shed Installation
April 10, 2019
When we purchased our new home in
June 2018, we had set aside some money to have
concrete slabs poured and to purchase a storage
shed. After waiting for no-freeze days in the
Spring of 2019 we were finally able to get this job
After living in our new house for 9 months, I now
had a better idea of
where I wanted the concrete slabs to go. So
this 9 month delay, could be seen as a blessing.
What happened during this time period, was rain and
where it pooled in our backyard.
The water turns into a lake during heavy downpours,
right where I had wanted the storage shed to go in
the southeast corner of our backyard. If I had
immediately had a storage shed installed in this
corner when we moved in, it would have been a costly
mistake, even with a cement foundation.
second option was the northeast corner, which was
worse. The southwest corner is out of the
question because our septic system is there.
The only corner left in the yard, was the northwest corner of our
Northeast corner of yard on Dec 26, 2018 during
After the rain stops, the pond remains for a few
The storage shed WILL NOT go on this side of the
I want this storage shed to be as far away from the
house as possible because it is where flammable
materials like gasoline and propane will be stored.
So the northwest corner of the yard is where the
go. The rain does pool a little in this area
during downpours....but with a 5" slab of concrete
and the raised bottom of the shed, the floor of the
shed will not have water sitting in it after it
Based on the rain we have had this past
9 months, only a couple inches of rain pools here
until it moves downhill or is soaked into the
Northwest corner of yard on Dec 26, 2018 during
After the rain stops, this water disappears.
Northwest corner of yard on Mar 29, 2019.
Ready for cement slab.
Storage Shed Size
The type of shed I decided to get was a
12 x 16 Tuff Shed.
I needed to balance the size and price.
I needed something big enough for a riding
lawn mower to be rode into AND to store the
yard related junk we have.
It also had to be tall enough for my 6' 2"
husband to walk into without hitting his
Plan for the storage shed foundation.
May actually move the front of the shed
the edge of the concrete.
A simple 12' x 16' shed was all I
could afford with my budget. The only
additions I added were a 3' x 3' window, vents on 2
walls, and a 6' wide double door. I will be
painting the shed myself and creating the shelving
and hanging system inside. Solar powered barn
lights will provide lighting inside. At this
time, there will be no electricity in this shed.
Concrete Slab Size
With my shed picked
out, I could then determine the size of the concrete
slab. I decided on a slab that is one foot
wider than the shed. 14' x 18'. This way if
something is leaning against the wall of the
shed, it can rest on the concrete and not the
ground. This will also give us at least 3' of space
between the shed and the fence.
The 252 sq ft of concrete will be 5.5" high.
Foundation forms complete. Ready for concrete.
Foundation concrete being poured
Cement slab ready for shed
After the foundation for the shed had been poured I
was ready to finalize the purchase of my Tuff Shed.
Why Tuff Shed?
Tuff Sheds cost more than other options.
There are some cheaper sheds at the big box hardware
stores. For those, the price they give you for
this size, is about $1000 less. However, you
have to put it together yourself. If I am
going to do that, I might as well make it from
scratch. There are also a lot of complaints
about these sheds.
You can also opt to have one of their private
contractor installers do it, which will bring it up
to the Tuff Shed price.
I also found some lesser known or family run custom
shed businesses on the internet in this area that
used to be in business. Hmmmm
If there is a warranty, I want to know that there is
someone I can call...... in say 2 or 3 years.
This is why I went with Tuff Shed. They have
been around for a while and the price includes
installation. All I do is stand back, watch,
and take photographs.
Making the Purchase of my shed
I went online to configure my shed. The
website calls it "Build a Quote".
Last August I went on their website to do this.
It was a breeze to do and fun.
When I went on the website this March 2019, the
website was now very clunky to use and slow.
I could not find items and it basically pissed me
off. I had to keep closing the website down
and deleting their internet cookies and then
starting over again with what I wanted, providing I
could find it. Instead of taking me an hour to
do....it took me days.
Because of this website change, I added on less
features than I might have. I wanted the ramp and a
drip edge over the door. I could not find
these items. I just wanted to Build My quote"
and get the hell off the website asap. I'll
add a ramp and drip edge later myself.
After You Build A Quote
After you build your shed on the website and submit
it, you get an e-mail confirming your quote which
does not include tax or any delivery charges they
might want to tack on.
You will then get a phone call from one of their
Think car salesman. Where they tell you if you
buy right now, I can take an additional....say
$300....off the price, after I check with my
manager. These sales people, particularly the
ones that have been around a long time, will do or
say anything to make a sale. "Check with my
manager" is bullshit. They have the
authority to make a discount without checking with
When I initially built my quote on March 21, 2019 I
spoke with Keith Wells. After a 30 minute
phone of me asking for the EXACT price of the shed
with tax and delivery minus any promotional savings
I finally got a price of $4649.49.
But to get this price he needed to get approval from
his manager and he would call me back on Monday,
March 25, 2019. He said he could not do it
sooner because hew was planning for a Home & Garden
show somewhere in OKC.
He did not call me back. I guess they
did well at the Home & Garden show!
I went ahead and got my cement foundation laid.
I then called Keith Wells back at the OKC Tuff Shed
office on April 4, 2019 and told him I was ready to
purchase my shed. He then proceeded to tell me
that the price was now in the $4800.00 range.
I said whoa there..... YOU did not call me back when
you said you would. Long story short, I got
the original quote. Jeezzz it had only
been a couple of weeks. I can see jacking up
the price a year later, not 2 weeks later.
What I bought:
Premier Ranch 12' X 16'. Upgrade of a 3 x 3
window, 2 vents, and a 6' double door opening.
Premier Ranch shed I am purchasing