So You Want To Build A Shed
In this multi-part segment of Ask MJ, we answer your questions on the different aspects of building a shed. From the permits, to the site choice to the materials and styles.
Plans and Site Choice.
I understnd that this seems obvious but a well thought out and detailed set of plans is a must for any successful project. There are free plans available for all styes of sheds. One just needs to search the net and find plans that suit the site you’ve chosen for your shed. Site selection is an important part of the process. Location, location, location.
Siting simply means identifying the exact spot on your property where the shed will be placed, or sited. This may seem like a simple enough task, and depending on your yard, it just might be. But if you pick the wrong spot, you’ll end up with a short-lived, unusable outbuilding.
Keep these three ‘don’ts” in mind when deciding where to put your shed:
Don’t build a shed at the bottom of a hill or in a low-lying area where water collects. The excessive moisture will rot wood, blister paint, and cause hinges to rust. It’ll also promote mold and mildew growth on items stored in the shed. Plus, the ground near the shed will turn into a soggy, muddy quagmire after every rainstorm.
Don’t tuck the shed deep into the woods where it’ll be completely surrounded by trees and ground cover. The shed will receive very little sunshine or airflow and it’ll remain dark and damp, creating the perfect environment for mold and mildew growth. Plus, woodland sheds are under constant assault from falling branches, acorns, leaves, pine needles, and other types of canopy debris. Furry forest creatures are much more likely to move into or under a shed built in the woods. And there’s always the potential for damage caused by a fallen tree.
Don’t violate code-required setback distances. The building inspector will establish how far away your shed must be from such things as, side, front, and rear property lines; streets, driveways, and sidewalks; houses, garages, and decks; septic tanks and leach fields; wetland areas and easements. Setback distances vary widely from town to town, but typically range from about 10 ft. (from rear lot line) to 100 ft. or more (from wetlands). Check with the local zoning board or building department for specific information, and be sure to adhere to the letter of the law. If you violate setbacks, the town can legally make you move the shed into compliance.
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