This is sort show-and-tell material, but it’s A) in planning and B) not at all occurring at DMS.
Being a first world resident, I have a tendency to accumulate too many possessions. My ‘solution’ to this problem has been to evict vehicles from the garage and allow things to accumulate there instead. This is a poor solution - I’d like to take advantage of being able to store my vehicle indoors at least half of the time and I’ve had a hankering to do this for years now. It will also force some paring-down of of inventory.
- Roll-up door for easy in-out of yardwork tools
- Deployable ramp for rolling stock
- Conventional door for daily access
- Utility window for illumination
- Largest size allowed
- Shelving for tote storage
- Floor storage for lawnmower, shredder
- Pegboard / specific hangars for yard tools
Having little interest in doubling my costs and quadrupling the time commitment if a building permit is required, I’m opting to stay below the permit envelope in my city:
- <120 ft²
- <10ft high
- No concrete slab
- No electrical
- No plumbing
It’s a storage shed, so lack of electrical and plumbing isn’t a problem. I was going to do pier-and-beam anyway so lack of a slab isn’t a big deal.
Amazingly, there are no side or rear setback requirements other than staying out of easements.
Here are the plan views:
8 x 14 is 112 nominal square feet. Including 3/8" siding it’s closer to 113 square feet.
Outer platform will be 2x8; joists will be 2x6. I believe that a dozen 4x4 along the perimeter will be sufficient support. Contemplating using PVC pipe casement on the piers up to the height of the outer platform to prolong their life and reduce ‘conflict’ with the weedeater.
I did a version with both doors on one of the 8’ sides, but that was a tight fit and would also be markedly less space-efficient since roughly twice as much space would be needed for entry purposes. In this layout the 4’ rollup door is on the 8’ side and the 30" conventional door is on the 14’ side.
This concept allows for two ~30" storage aisles with one running full length. I expect to use the corner directly opposite the conventional door for lawnmower and outdoor tool storage.
I’ll probably put up interior panelling as well to make it neater. I’ll lose some net square footage, but that ~3.5" depth would be hard to use anyway with the footer board for the frame and 16" stud spacing isn’t convenient for boxes and totes. I expect to principally use white masonite - it’s inexpensive and will brighten up the interior. I’ll probably also do some pegboard for tools and plywood for areas with high ‘bump’ potential.
Two of the elevation views:
Roof pitch is 1:12 to give the rollup door adequate overhead clearance. Roofing is probably going to be corrugated steel - it’s cheap, tough, and doesn’t eat up as much vertical margin as plastic roofing with its greater ‘wave depth’ and need for spacers both lengthwise and crosswise. A 1:12 pitch also allows me to cut 8x2 roof panels in 2 across the width with a gap that a ridge cap will cover handily so I can allow for some overhang (factory edges out, natch).
Not shown is the 8’ side with the utility window framing.