Shed size

jscozzFebruary 27, 2010

I am trying to figure out an appropriate shed size for garden equipment... nothing better than real world use.

I need to store 42" tractor, push mower, snow blower, weed whacker, etc. The main thing I am concerned about is the tractor and making sure I have room for other lawn equipment and still be able to maneuver around in the shed.

What size shed do you store your lawn equipment in?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
rdaystrom

Try parking the units in the backyard in an imaginary space. Use a water hose as an imaginary outline or "wall". Take measurements. This might help you figure out how big of a shed to buy or build.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2010 at 8:26AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
rustyj14(W/PA)

There is an old saying about the subject: No matter how large you make it--it won't be big enough to get everything inside of it, and close the door-s!
Been there, done that!
So, figure out how big you need it to ne, then double the size, and you won't be disappointed next fall.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2010 at 10:47AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
tomplum

What Rusty says is true. Unless you have space constraints, a 10X12 at least gives you some nudge room. Much of the country that uses UBC I think you won't even need to permit it. Check those regs! Also, think about the floor, ramp and ventilation. If you need overhead storage IE for lumber- now's the time to plan that in. By me, it is kind of a wet environment and I see equipment all the time that has mildew growing on it as it sits in a shed w/ gravel or screening floor.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2010 at 11:13AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
walt2002

Ditto Rusty!

"I think you won't even need to permit it. Check those regs! "

We live in a small rural mid-west town and you do have to have a permit for ANY size building.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2010 at 11:49AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
perrymk(8)

I purchased a 10x12 (pre-wired, anchored, rated to 130mph winds, 3/4in pt floor, etc) because that was the max size not requiring a permit. As I understand it (and this may not apply to where others live), anything greater than 120sf requires a permit. A permit triggers a visit from the property tax assessor. I live in Floride where we have a homestead exemption. I have lived in the same house for more than 10 years, and the market value has risen faster than what the homestead exemption allows the assessed value to rise. That means re-assessment would result in a (in my case) significant increase in property taxes.

I should mention that a portion of the value of the improvement (shed) was added to the assessed value of my property, but the rest of the property was not subject to re-assessment.

More germaine to your question, well planned shelves make a small space a much more efficient storage space.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2010 at 2:19PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jscozz

I can build 200 ft2 without permit. I am going to build it myself on slab. I have been laying things out with 13x16 size and it seems OK... I am planning a side double door entrance. Just trying to see if I will regret not making it larger just because of the permit.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2010 at 4:02PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
walt2002

"I should mention that a portion of the value of the improvement (shed) was added to the assessed value of my property, but the rest of the property was not subject to re-assessment"

As has been said, regs. will vary from not only state to state but community to community. Here, if it is on runners, skids, it is considered personal property because it can be moved and not subject to tax but a permit is still needed. IF it is on concrete, it is real property and subject to real estate taxes and of course a permit.

Walt Conner

    Bookmark   February 27, 2010 at 5:20PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
lbgold94

I purchased a 8Ft. wide by 16Ft. long wooden/pine shed made by the Amish in 1992 with a regular roof ^ to match my house - not a barn type roof. I use CWF - Clear Wood Finish - about every other year to preserve the wood - takes about 1.5 to 2 gallons - brushed on. We poured a concrete pad for the shed about 8.5Ft. wide by 20Ft. long by 6 inches deep/thickness - to give an apron in front of the doors. It is a great shed and has held up really well.

I recommend you take a look at the Big Max Ultra shed by Rubbermaid sold at Home Depot - see links below: Good luck with whatever you choose.

http://www.rubbermaid.com/Category/Pages/SubCategoryLanding.aspx?SubCatId=BigMaxFamily&CatName=Outdoor

http://www.rubbermaid.com/Category/Pages/ProductDetail.aspx?CatName=Outdoor&SubcatId=BigMaxFamily&Prod_ID=RP091371

    Bookmark   February 28, 2010 at 12:26AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mml4

The best investment I made in my shed was to install an overhead garage door. I bought a relatively inexpensive fiberglass 4 panel model and never once regreted the additional cost. The added convenience can't be over stated.
Marc

    Bookmark   March 25, 2010 at 7:06AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
canguy(British Columbia)

I just put up a 10x12 shed package, the largest allowed without a permit. It sits on blocks, not a permanent foundation. I don't have a garage so this will double as a small shop. Going to tie into the 15A outlet outside the fence for lights and hand tools, hope nobody takes undue notice. It is already too small but can live with it.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2010 at 9:22PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
roadbike

13x16 is a fair size shed. However, if you think you may in the future need room for a work table, tool storage, etc., now is the time to do it.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2010 at 3:00PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
MTD mower runing rough
My MTD mower is running rough. It is hard to start...
latunda
airens 1534 mini zoom no crank
I've got a 15hp Briggs motor that I attempted to jump...
baldo6878
Lawnboy circa 1967 aquanaut/air buoy evinrude parts
Hi. I am wondering if anyone could be of assistance....
sirlancair
Toro Zero turn
Having trouble with Toro Time cutter ZT4200,Koehler...
Amy Bebensee
Ariens Zoom 2350 zero turn won't start
Model # 915085 with Kohler 23HP engine. Ran fine all...
acralph
Sponsored Products
3-Light Ceiling Polished Brass
$52.50 | PLFixtures
Serena & Lily Lattice Fabric
Serena & Lily
Moderist Chester Pendant Light in Green
ModernistLighting.com
Vintage Six-Photo Collage Frame
$19.99 | zulily
Yoga Direct Purple Yoga Mat - YM14-PURPLE
$23.24 | Hayneedle
Vinyl Octagon Gazebo Cupola
Fifthroom.com
Carpet Samples: Martha Stewart Living Flooring Oxford Hill I - Color Cornucopia
$4.85 | Home Depot
Bocci | 21.21 Twenty-One Pendant Chandelier
YLighting
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™