Thinking about building a shed in my backyard. The two car garage is
overflowing with junk. For sure the snow thrower and mower can go
there. Several questions,
1) do I need a building permit from the city?
2) is it cheaper to get a pre-assembled from Home Depot or build it
with my nail gun and air compressor using dimensionals?
3) what are the popular sizes?
In my city you only need a permit if it is more than 120 square feet
(including eves and overhangs). An electrical permit is required for
electricity but I got around that by plugging it into a GFCI covered
receptacle instead of perminantly wiring it. I also needed to keep it away
from the property line by the city setback distance (you really do need to
check on that yourself) Most of what I needed to know was on my city
I built one from scratch with my own plan. The popular sizes you see the
plans (google on shed plans) come in make efficient use of 4x8' plywood
while my custom size required a lot of panel cutting. A concrete floor is
cheaper if you have sand and gravel on site and mix your own with portland
cement. even premix is cheaper than the materials needed to construct a
wood floor and you can make the floor at or near grade ( a wood floor will
be 6' to 12' off the ground)
It can be cheaper to buy a prefab but only because you will be forced to
make compromises in style and size. A fully custom shed built yourself
shold cost less than a prefab of the same size. My (delux) 8'x14' shed cost
less than $1k to build but is worth over $3k if i had had it built for me.
Popular sizes probably start at 6x8 or 8x10 -- whatever will hold all the
stuff you don't toss out after cleaning the garage.
My city requires a permit for any permanent structure. Setback in my
neighborhood is 12'. You'll probably have to call city hall. From a
My shed is 12' x 16' and I have 10 face cord of firewood in it, two lawn
mowers, a 30" snow blower, a 10' x 2.2' work bench all my yard tools a back
up burn barrel and plenty of room left. If it gets too cluttered, I'll have
a yard sale and get new stuff. :-)
I havd the same choice to make several years ago. The "plastic" ones look
cheap to me and the steel ones will rust over time. So I designed my own to
match the architecture of the house. In my opinion sheds can devalue the
look of a property and a custom one may not.
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