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Old 06-03-2019, 02:26 PM
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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.

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Old 06-03-2019, 02:30 PM
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What does your zoning require on a 10x12 shed?
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Many years ago I got a post and beam shed kit from an outfit in Harwich - real easy to assemble, looks great, and sturdy as ever. At that time I couldn't buy the materials and plans for any less money. If you're on the cape check them out:

DIY-Do It Yourself Shed Kits - Pine Harbor Wood Products

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there is an existing shed where I am going to build this one, it is a aluminum low height not great looking shed. haven't looked into zoning deeply, but I assume putting it in the footing of where it is now won't be a problem.

art, thanks for the recommendation, I'm going to look into it. If they can source all the materials for a close price to what id be buying myself and I instal and build I don’t see why not doing that.
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Build it bigger than you think you need.
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Have in closed in good or else it will just be a giant bird, squirrel, mouse, and rat nest and everything in it will be destroyed and you won't want to go in it. I have experience in that area.
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Old 06-03-2019, 03:01 PM
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Originally Posted by twentynine View Post
Build it bigger than you think you need.
This too.

And have it inconvenient for the wife or will just be crammed full of crap like pool noodles, fold up yard chairs that haven't been used in 12 years, and all kinds of crap that you wonder why it wasn't just given away in years past.
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The best 10 x 12 shed is 20 x 24.
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basically just putting everything in the existing shed into the new one, have a garage as well.. This project is more to add to the aesthetic of property buy having nice cedar shingled shed, instead of the ancient aluminum one we currently have.
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Designed and built my own shed over 20 years ago. Still standing strong. 12'x16'. 6" gravel base concrete block at each corner and in the middle. 2x6 pressure treated floor joists @ 16" o.c. 2x4 wall framing. Got 1x 10 pine boards from a local saw mill in Dartmouth - you could find one by you or head over to Gurnsey's Saw mill in Rochester. I put the pine boards vertical from the sill to the top plates butted against each other. Made the roof a 45 degree angle to keep the cuts simple for a dummy like me. That slope also looks good in my opinion. SImple windows from Brosco and a home made door made out of cedar boards. The end 6' was a porch the rest was enclosed shed. Fun project.

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Check your zoning. My father tried to replace his cheesy metal shed with one with a foundation, wasn't allowed. ended up having to call it a GARAGE and make it bigger (not so bad) but also show access from his curb cut at the front of the house. He could have gotten a variance if all property owners signed within X number of feet. the Neighbor behind was the only hold out. Lets just say he was less than happy with my fathers "legal" annoyance...... It cost him more to build a "Garage" but in the end it was bigger which is better.
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Originally Posted by EMC Pursuit View Post
Check your zoning. My father tried to replace his cheesy metal shed with one with a foundation, wasn't allowed. ended up having to call it a GARAGE and make it bigger (not so bad) but also show access from his curb cut at the front of the house. He could have gotten a variance if all property owners signed within X number of feet. the Neighbor behind was the only hold out. Lets just say he was less than happy with my fathers "legal" annoyance...... It cost him more to build a "Garage" but in the end it was bigger which is better.
Yup. Planning starts with understanding your zoning hurdles.
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Doors were added later.
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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.
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If possible, use footprint dimensions at 4 ft jncrements...less wasted material....12x 16 etc
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Originally Posted by Tireless View Post
Yup. Planning starts with understanding your zoning hurdles.
best advice for step one, even though you’re replacing old shed.
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Originally Posted by Tireless View Post
Yup. Planning starts with understanding your zoning hurdles.
just went thru this at the coast. Wanted a 10x16 shed. County permits, CAMA permits, set back requirements bla bla bla. Read the ordnance real close. Turned out if the shed is built offsite and delivered to the property under 140 sq’ nothing required but setback check.
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Many municipalities require a building permit for anything over 100 sqft. Either check with your local building dept or call a shed company and ask them what is allowed, they are usually familiar.
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Originally Posted by raystein View Post
Have in closed in good or else it will just be a giant bird, squirrel, mouse, and rat nest and everything in it will be destroyed and you won't want to go in it. I have experience in that area.
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.
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Currently building a 10' x 16'.

Since Hurricane Sandy, many localities and some States require sheds to be secured to the ground.


If you know where to look, many Home Depot's have a section with marked down windows and doors.
Just bought 2 vinyl clad Anderson awning windows 24" x 52 " for ~$90/ with hardware and screens. Normally $363





Using this as the model but a metal roof and other changes.

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