You’ve been looking over your yard and decided that you need a little more storage space. After scoping out the terrain, and possibly even hiring a professional for laser scanning surveys, you have decided that you have the right spot for a handy shed. Before you get a shovel into the ground, there are 3 important things you need to think about first.
What’s Going In It?
Before your plans even get sketched out on paper, you should have a rough idea of what you’ll be storing in your shed. Do you have a couple of shovels, or a whole host of gardening tools along with a massive snow blower? Only when you know how much space you need can you do any real planning, mapping or building your shed.
You also should take into consideration whether or not you will need to roll large items (wheelbarrows, lawn mower or snow blowers) in and out of the shed. If you do, your framework should have the door frame level with the ground so you don’t have to constantly hitch your machines over a lip or step.
Measurements and Materials
Though it might seem simple to just throw up a rectangular frame and fill in the walls, doing any construction beyond a bird house really should have some diagrams and measurements worked out. Do you need or want a floor, or is your shed going to have windows? Slanted roof or peaked roof?
Get some plans and work out what you are going to need before you start building Nothing disrupts a project than repeated trips to the store when you keep running out of materials due to inadequate planning.
Here is where a little research (and patience) comes into play. Do you or do you not need a permit for your future shed? Though there are some restrictions on the location, such having your shed too close to the road or other boundaries, or having it attached to your house, the main concern when it comes to getting permits is the size.
Every local government has their own set of rules when it comes to size limits when it comes to permits. Some places will require a permit no matter how small your shed is, but generally you can avoid the paperwork if the footprint of the new construction is no more than 100 to 120 square feet (height may or may not be an issue). It also may make a difference if you plan on running any electrical service to your new shed as well.
Since you are going to need some plans, such as a rough drawing and a location map, before going to the council office, it’s best to actually apply for the permits last. A quick phone call to find out the basic regulations is fine but there is no sense putting in a permit application before you have the details worked out. It can be a bit of a frustrating cycle, to know which step to tackle first.