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Old 06-03-2019, 05:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Mine Now View Post
Forgot rabbit's
Close in the bottom inbetween the blocks to prevent animals from living under it. Seal the bottom course of wood real good or it will rot from the bottom up. If its tight add vents.
Rabbits are living under mine along with all the other wildlife
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Old 06-03-2019, 05:08 PM
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Just checked the zoning...
  1. Accessory Building & Structures
    1. Over 100 square feet in area

      All structures accessory to a residential use, including buildings over one hundred (100) square feet in area; swimming pools and tennis courts and their enclosures, shall be set back from the street and abutters as required for buildings and structures in Appendix II, Schedule of Dimensional Requirements. (5/14/12 ATM)
    2. Under 100 square feet in area

      a. Garden Storage Sheds

      Garden Storage Sheds under one hundred (100) square feet in area shall be set back a minimum of one third (1/3) the distance of the Abutters Setback from the property line, as required for buildings and structures in Appendix II, Schedule of Dimensional Requirements. Placement of Garden Storage Sheds within the Street Setback area is prohibited, except by Special Permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals. There shall be no more than one (1) Garden Storage Shed located within the required setback area. TheBuilding Height of these Garden Storage Sheds shall not exceed twelve feet (12’) for sheds with gable, gambrel, hip or lean‐to or saltbox style roofs and eight feet (8’) for shed or flat style roofs. (5/14/12 ATM)

      b. Utility Sheds

      Utility Sheds under one hundred (100) square feet in area shall be set back the distance of the Abutters Setback to the property line as required for buildings and structures in Appendix II, Schedule of Dimensional Requirements. The Building Height of these Utility Sheds shall not exceed ten feet (10’) for sheds with gable, gambrel, hip or lean‐to or saltbox style roofs and eight feet (8’) for shed or flat style roofs. (5/14/12 ATM)
Says 25 feet to street/ 15 to abutter..... I'm good on both sides, by close to double.
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Old 06-03-2019, 05:20 PM
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I am finishing up a tiny house/shed combo right now. 10' x 10' on the shed and 12'x10' on the tiny house. Basically an extra shed that we'll semi finish inside an I put insulation and a/c window unit. Kick ass club house for all the teen boys to hang in the evening rather than roaming like a pack of dogs. TV and Xbox and some bean bags. I bought plans from icreatables.com
i work as an engineer and drive CAD all day and could do whatever but for $20 I got full drawings, materials list and alternate foundations options. I could have turned it in to the building Dept for permitting and they works be happy.
there is no way that it was worth my time spending hours designing. No brainier.

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Old 06-03-2019, 06:18 PM
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make sure you hang a TV in it. AND A FRIDGE
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make sure you hang a TV in it.
That gets SEC channel
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Old 06-03-2019, 07:52 PM
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You keep golf clubs in an outdoor shed? Mildew???

BTW...awesome shed there.
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You keep golf clubs in an outdoor shed? Mildew???

BTW...awesome shed there.
We were on the same wave length, only I was thinking fishing rods. Salt air seeping in would do a number on the rigs. I'm building a 'She shed/green house' at our SD home, Susan wants a place she can get her garden going before Memorial Day. We had 18" of snow the week before Memorial Day! She replants it all and yesterday we got a shower with hail up to golf ball size, replanted again today!
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Old 06-04-2019, 06:18 AM
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Originally Posted by spraynet 1 View Post
You keep golf clubs in an outdoor shed? Mildew???

BTW...awesome shed there.
my golf game is moldy in general lately.
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Old 06-04-2019, 07:50 AM
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Buy a Reed's Ferry shed and do the siding and customizing yourself. I designed & built a 12 x 14 at my last house and materials ended up costing me approx. $2k. I used cedar clapboards, which added quite a bit to the cost, as well as a double steel door for my lawn tractor, steel front door, and vinyl windows. Bought a 10 x 12 Reed's ferry for current house and did the siding and trim myself and ended up spending just over $2k total. Whatever you build(or have built), be sure to add ventilation. I have 2 screened louver vents just above the 2nd course of siding on one side and a large louvered gable vent on the rear peak, as well as a vented cupola. Fresh air in the bottom and hot air out the top. You won't have to worry about it sweating and all your tools rusting (or mildew).
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Old 06-04-2019, 08:07 AM
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Looking to build.a 10x12 shed down the cape. Cedar shingle it, maybe 2 windows and barn door in the front. Anyone done this. Anyone have a good website to get plans from. Handy, but a lot of this will be new to me.
I've built two. Both sat on cinder block, raised. Banding and joists were 2x10's with bridging between the joists. Joist hung on hangers at 16" centers. Joists ran the direction of the 10' dimension. Treated 3/4" plywood for the floor. Non treated wood for everything above the floor. 3-stud corners, wall studs on 16" centers. Entry was on the 12' side through barn doors I built onsite, opening was centered on the 12'. Both panels of the barn door were 2.5' wide for a total of 5' opening. I had a single 30" wide storm window on the rear wall and a single 30" wide storm window one side wall. 4th side wall was solid. I picked the walls on which to install the windows based on the path of sunlight. I used hardie panel on top of sheathing for the walls. Trimmed the corners with 1x4's. I did not electrify the building. Roof pitch was 9/12, 1' over hang on all sides for boxing and soffits with passive vents on the gables. Asphalt singles. Windows and doors had the proper framing headers and jack studs.

I went with a higher roof pitch so that I could have storage in the rafters for spare wood, plumbing pipes, etc.

Because this was a raised building (approximately 14" off ground) that housed yard equipment and kids bicycles I built a ramp for the door opening and laid roofing drip-edge on the threshold to protect the edge from the equipment coming and going.

If I wanted to go traditional coastal, I'd use cedar shake siding or cedar lap siding with galvanized panel roofing.

I have pictures somewhere of the construction but I can't find them right now. I may have left out some details but the above is the rough construction method I used.


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Originally Posted by agoldie7 View Post
won't be pouring a slab, just going to put it on cinderblocks or something to that effect, and we are pretty set on the 10x12 size, as we already have a garage at the house. This is more just for the lanwmower/beach chairs.
I have no input on plans (but will be following this thread), but will say plan to run power. Even if just for a light and single receptacle, would be helpful.
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Old 06-04-2019, 02:04 PM
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Just has surgery on my ankle, so not exact sure on the start date, but I will update with pics/progress once it commences.
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Permits? Zoning? What you city folks talkin bought?
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Old 06-08-2019, 08:33 PM
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Just purchased the icreatables shed plans for the 10x12.. thinking about adding a lean to shed in the back of it to put the lawnmower and few other things..
gonna grab a Paslode cordless framing nail gun and ready to go..


gonna start taking down the current shed and leveling off the ground, will have updates with pics.
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Try to stay on reasonably good terms with the neighbors....or just don't associate with them altogether. I chose the later ;-) Anyway it seems I apparently need no permits to build anything on my 100 year old property because I have done just that for several decades, following in my fathers footprints, and my grandfathers..... In contrast, my relatively new neighbor gets busted for the most minor infractions because he has a dispute with another neighbor, who turned him in to the county officials. It just depends on who hates you and how far they will go to demonstrate that.
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Old 06-08-2019, 11:54 PM
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Put in enough electrical service from the start.
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Old 06-09-2019, 05:48 AM
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Originally Posted by agoldie7 View Post
Just purchased the icreatables shed plans for the 10x12.. thinking about adding a lean to shed in the back of it to put the lawnmower and few other things..
gonna grab a Paslode cordless framing nail gun and ready to go..


gonna start taking down the current shed and leveling off the ground, will have updates with pics.

I did. I got that two foot-itus so added on.
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Old 06-09-2019, 08:16 AM
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any advice on where to get the cheapest materials...only two places I know of down the cape are Hinckley lumber in Chatham in Home Depot in Hyannis..
this is what I will be needing:
Will be some minor adjustments as I won't be using t1-11 siding and instead just put osb 7/16' on the walls and shingle it after.

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You might give Mid-Cape Home Center a try:
https://www.midcape.net/locations-and-hours/
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