Office, Man Cave, She Shed, Craft Room, Art Studio, Kids Playroom, Gym, Sauna … There are many ways to utilize a well planned shed to provide additional living space without adding on to the house (often a BIG mistake) or going all the way to an ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit)
Why is adding on to a house usually NOT a great idea?
- The original plan wasn’t made for it.
- Rarely do additions help the rest of the house. They only push your problems farther out.
- More “space” is rarely the answer. Most homes need more “spaciousness" and “flow.”Space is an absolute mathematical quantity. Spaciousness and flow are psychological/emotional factors.
Why is a shed a better idea than adding on?
- Much much cheaper
- Easier to permit
- Easier to build.
- Doesn’t screw up the house.
- Might actually help the backyard - destinations
Do you need a permit for a shed?
- Intended Use - If your plan is to build a shed and make it a working, business, or living space, then you'll need to get a permit from the local zoning department.
- Electricity and Wiring - You'll need a permit if you plan to wire electricity through your shed.
- Building Size - You may need to get a permit for the size or height of your shed.
- Installation Placement - Your local code may have specific mandates on how close a shed can be to your home, trees, property line, fence or other buildings.
- Homeowners Association - Be sure that you are not breaking any HOA rules and covenants.
Does a shed need a foundation?
Doing a shed right …
- Finished interior/exterior
- Heating & AC