portable shed build

Old 02-23-21, 01:50 PM
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portable shed build

i am looking to build a decent size shed/workshop at the house ive just moved to, but am running into a few issues. The site where it needs to go has easement for gas running underneath, it's already paved so an ideal base but upon reading deeds and online info i run the risk of them needing access to the pipes one day... So my potential solution is to build the shed strong enough to be moved by a forklift if it ever needs...

Will it be strong enough (gonna build it solid myself not a flimsy online one)? the dimensions will be 3.5m x 2.2m so pretty big, could a forklift do this?

im assuming the base being solid is the key thing for it to be lifted?

any advice most welcome.
Old 02-23-21, 03:45 PM
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Yes you can easily build a shed that can be picked up with a fork lift.

The problem being, if and when the time comes and you need to move it, will you be able to, one, find a fork lift, two, get it to the site at a reasonable time and three, will the terrain be suitable not to get the lift buried in mud? And don't forget the expense. Or will you have the lift available at all times?

Perhaps a better solution might be how the AMISH move a house. Provide a way to slip timber under the floor and with enough manpower lift and move.

Another caution that you might consider is that even if no access is needed under the pipes the utility can and may very well force you to take the shed away. The easement or right-a-ways are there for a reason. Quick and easy action when needed.

My suggestion is look for a better spot.

edit...You also mention a workshop. Can I assume that means electrical lines will be installed? That would be another problem to be dealt with.
Old 02-23-21, 06:52 PM
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Norm covered my thought about "can it be moved"? My thought was water, sewer & electrical service?

Now, can it physically be moved? Yes....... There are a bunch of these videos on youtube.

Old 02-24-21, 02:03 AM
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I'd build it on skids, basically 6x6s with the ends mitered so it can be pulled out of the way.

btw - welcome to the forums Matt!
Old 04-12-21, 06:44 AM
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Build it on a trailer frame, with removable "skirts" to conceal the wheels so it looks like a permanent building?

Use an RV hookup for power? Or solar...


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