Seven months after we purchased our 5 bedroom, 2000 square foot house on just over half an acre I have started to build a shed to store more stuff. We don’t have an issue with hoarding or anything like that. There just isn’t very much storage space in our home. Each of the 5 bedrooms only has about 5 to 6 square feet of closet space. With minimal closet space like that and large boxes of holiday decorations or seasonal clothing the struggle for more storage is very real.
There are plenty of prebuilt or simple do it yourself sheds out there that you can scoop up for anything from a couple hundred to couple thousand dollars. I wanted something a little more than what these mass produced sheds could offer. With over half an acre to mow and maintain I recently purchased a riding lawnmower, which needs a place to be stored that is not in the elements. I also need a space that I can work on small projects like woodworking.
I decided that the only way I could get everything I wanted in a shed without spending an obscene amount of money was to build my own. Here is the list of requirements for my shed.
- Must be large but under the county limit before inspections are required. 10 x 12 is what I went with.
- Must have an indoor ceiling height of 9 feet.
- Must have natural daylight (windows)
- Craftsman Style
- The main entry must be wide enough for a riding lawn mower.
It was easy enough to determine the foot print for this thing. I cleared a large bush that sat behind the garage and ordered two and half tons of 3/4 inch bluestone to make my foundation.
The Sun arcs along the the peak of the house from side to side and slightly more on the front than in the back. Since the shed is behind the garage I want to have the roof slant in one direction away from the house. This will accomplish two things. One, the rain will run away from the house. Two, I can build the peak of the roof slightly higher than the bottom of the garage’s roof allowing daylight to shine in through a couple of high mounted windows.