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Old 03-04-2013, 08:22 PM   #1
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Building a 16x16 shed


Hello, I am somewhat of a beginner and am looking for ideas on a project for my shed. I plan on building a 16x16 shed and was wondering about the foundation. obviously it seems more durable to go with concrete for my foundation? But what size sheathing should I use for this shed? All comments are welcome. Thank you very much for your replies.

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Old 03-04-2013, 08:37 PM   #2
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1/2 sheathing.
If your going to go with a slab it needs to be at least 6" above grade or the sheathing is going to rot out.
Concider building it with a Gabrel style roof for more storage area.

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Old 03-05-2013, 05:13 AM   #3
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I would go with an azek( or similar material)1x10 of 12 skirt with a metal drop edge then 2 ft treated ply rip then finish off with reg plywood
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Old 03-05-2013, 07:38 AM   #4
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I also built a 16x16 shed and didn't use concrete. I have a nice grade difference from front to back (around 14") so what i did was drove 4x4 pt posts into the ground and used 2x12 pt for my perimeter sometimes needing to double stack and i bolted those to the 4x4. I then went and dug out the middle and put in stone which would support my 2x6 floor joists. Its been up for over 3 years now and its a tank.
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You will want to check with your local Building Dept. to find out if you require a building permit. If a permit is required then ask what standards need to be met; e.g. foundation and anchoring, depth of foundation to prevent heaving when the ground freezes. Where abouts are you located?
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Thats the reason I did not go with a poured foundation. A poured foundation makes the structure perminent therefore needs a building permit. Since I did not pour mine I didnt need a building permit but rather needing a different permit which didnt cost anything.
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Thank you for all of your replies. Very helpful information. I will check for the the proper codes before I start. I plan on running electric to the shed which in turn is going to have to have certain codes as well. I am located in Louisville Ky but just found out that I have to leave the country for 6 months on deployment so my project will get pushed back. Thanks again for all of your answers.

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