Need help with design

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Old 01-11-10, 04:06 PM
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Need help with design

So I want to build a shed, thinking 12 x 12 or perhaps a little bigger, but I have some very strict requirements in my housing area and I need some help designing something that will work.

1) No more than 8 feet above grade

2) Must match house - i.e. vinyl siding and shingles - easy enough


and a couple things I need

3) Double doors so I can bring large things in them, like to maximize size if possible a I am over 6 foot and don't want to have to stoop all the time.

4) Reasonable pitch, I live in Northern Iowa and get plenty of rain and snow.
 
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Old 01-11-10, 04:17 PM
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Not more than 8' above grade?? Do you mean the highest point on the shed must be 8' or less? A 3/12 pitch would mean the back of the shed would only be 5' high Maybe redesign the shed to be longer and not as deep? With height restrictions you would want a concrete floor.

Have any of your neighbors put in sheds? if so they would have some good info for you.
 
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Old 01-11-10, 04:23 PM
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Yes, the restrictions state 8 foot at the highest point.

No one else in the neighborhood (newer division) has a shed yet, but good thought. I have thought about 10x14 or something similar, perhaps then I could fit the door on the skinny side or such. The roof trusses still could be tricky.
 
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Unless they make you, I wouldn't bother with truss's but just use 2x6 rafters. If you make the bldg 8' deep, put the doors at the tall side and let the back wall be 6' tall. With shelves or other type of storage along the back wall - you won't be as bothered by the lack of head rm. Get your sq footage by making the shed longer.
 
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Old 01-12-10, 06:38 AM
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Here is an idea:

http://www.4-shedplans.com/plans/shed_plan.pdf

Good luck with your project.
 
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Old 01-13-10, 06:41 AM
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Keep checking for other restrictions as well. The 8' height limit sounds as though it's coming from a homeowners assn. What does your local bldg. dept. have to say about building a shed that's over 120 sq. ft.? Does it require a permit?

With an 8' height limit, you're pretty much limited to a shed roof, rather than something that is gabled, since you have added other restrictions like wanting a door over 6' tall and one that is pretty wide. Another option would be a gambrel design. That would allow for door height, but somewhat limit the width of the door(s).
 
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