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Storage Shed Frequently Asked Questions

Are you considering building a storage shed in your backyard? Do you have questions that are keeping you from getting started? This article will answer most of your questions and give you the information you need to begin your project.

Question: What size of building requires a building permit? Do I need a permit for a small storage shed plan?

Answer: You must apply for a permit regardless of the size of the shed you wish to build. There are three reasons why this is necessary the first being the inspector will want to be sure the shed is built to code so that it will not sink, have a roof collapse or be blown away by strong winds. The second reason is the inspector will want to make sure the site you are building on does not encroach upon wetlandsScience Articles, sit above a septic tank or crowd the property line. Third if you build without a permit the building inspector can ask you to move the shed or tear it down. Check with your local building department to find out what is necessary in your area

Question: In a large backyard is there a particular area that we should build the shed?

Answer: If you have a hill or a low spot in the yard where water collects build above it. If the shed is damp all the time you will have problems with rotting wood and mold and mildew. Keep the shed in sunnier areas of the yard as this will help keep the shed dry.

Question: What type of foundation should I use?

Answer: For a smaller shed a wooden skid foundation can be used. This is a relatively easy foundation to build and allows for the shed to be moved in the future should that become necessary. For a larger shed you will want to use a concrete slab foundation which will protect the building from seasonal thaw/frost cycles which can cause the building to move. This is a more permanent type of foundation since you will be digging down to the frost line to install the building footings. You can find out about the frost line depth in your area by contacting the local building inspector.

Question: What angle roof should be used to shed our winter snowfall?

Answer: It is recommended that the slope of the roof range between 10-in-12 (40 degrees) and 12-in-12 (45 degrees). The 10-in-12 or 40 degree roof slope is calculated by the number of inches or vertical rise for every foot of horizontal run. This will make the roof plenty steep enough to shed snow but be sure the rafters and spacing meet code or else the roof may not support a heavy snowfall no matter how much slope is in it

Question: I would like to purchase plans to build my own shed. Where can I best do that?

Answer: There are a number of online sources where you can get shed plans. The best I have found is My Shed Plans and Building A Green House Plan to name a couple. Remember too that if you do not want to build from scratch you can buy a kit that you can assemble yourself.

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Robert "Mac" McCormack is a cabinetry and furniture hardware expert who is an avid woodworker. Mac particularly enjoys helping others get started in their own home workshop. For more information about getting your own storage shed plan visit Fast Easy Shed Plans.

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