Archive for August, 2010

Does my yard make this shed look big?

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

So we need to build a shed…  The basement is full to the point where we only have paths between the boxes, furniture, kayaks, yard equipment, and tools that are down there.  Plus, I’m sick of dragging the lawn mower up and down the basement stairs every week.  We need to get some stuff out of there so I can spread out the tools in the workshop and so that we can organize the furniture and boxes until we find places for these things upstairs.

Naturally, we want to maximize our storage potential while observing local regulations and without taking up too much of the yard.  There are a few local regulations that constrain our design.  Sheds are restricted to the side or back yards.  Any shed under 120 ft2 does not require a building permit and must be 10 feet from the property boundaries.  Since our house is set quite far back on our narrow lot, the 10-foot offset would put the shed too far into the yard.  Fortunately, any shed under 100 ft2 only needs to be 3 feet from the property boundaries.

With those constraints in mind, I set to work designing a nice 8′ x 12′ shed in SketchUp.  We want the shed to match the style of the house as much as possible.  With that in mind, I’ve roughed out a wood-clad  cape with a 12/12 roof.  I’ve designed the shed with 8′ walls so that we’ll have plenty of room to hang tools and so that standard-height doors can be used.
SketchUp Shed

After we had the rough design, I started working on the actual framing plan.  At some point while I was doing that, I really began to wonder how this was really going to look in the back yard.  My calculations where showing a roof peak just a touch over 13′ above grade.  I couldn’t decide if that seemed too high or not for the space it will be in, so I decided that the best thing to do would be to build a mock-up of one of the gable ends out of scrap wood and actually see what it would look like.  So we did.  Here’s how it looks:
From the bedroom:

From the living room:

From the kitchen:

From the deck:

From the west side yard:

From the east side yard:

From the start of the walkway:

From the driveway:

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