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Old 02-13-2008, 08:04 PM   #1
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I am looking to do a 16'x20' shed or something close to that. I see alot of 12x24' in my area for sale and was wondering if it was because of no wasted material. I will mainly use the shed for the lawn mower, tools, ect. I was going to do a 8' wall so I could add a few shelves as well. Ideas are welcome. I will not be pouring a foundation. I am going to put the building up on blocks and installing siding to match the house.

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Old 02-13-2008, 09:41 PM   #2
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12x24 would fit a vehicle. 20' deep would not fit most vehicles. This may be one reason. Any increment of 4' or even 2' works for material. In general, the squarer the building the more efficient the material usage tends to be, but not always. Build what you need.

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12' also is easier to transport. You can't put a 16' shed on a flatbed. That might be why you see 12' sheds for sale around you.
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Old 02-14-2008, 04:26 PM   #4
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Thanks, keep them coming. Is there any problem w/ putting a 4000 lbs. car in one of these if I use 4x4 as the base and 2x6 on top of those spaced 2' apart. If so how far apart should the 4x4's be spaced?

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Hey Mack, I built a 12x16 shed last summer for the exact same reason, tools and lawn equipment. I used 2x6 floor joists layed on 6x6 p.t.. I used 3/4 tg plywood, 8' walls and it was plenty of room for everything. I too matched the siding, roofing shingles, dormers and shutters and everything together ran about $3500. If you are going to use it for a car, I would definitely use 6x6, with 2x8 floor joists 12oc and maybe even double the 3/4 plywood. That's a lot of weight to put on a wood shed. I spaced my 6x6 about three feet apart and went lengthwise but if you use it for a car I would probably use 4-6x6's no more than three feet apart with a 1 foot overhang. Let me know if you have any questions. I can send you pics if you want.
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Thanks for the info. I will might just need a pic. for some ideas. I will pm you.
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I did a 10' x 15' shed since the house we bought only had a carport. No car storage, so I used some more basic contruction. Piers for foundation, 4x6's on piers, 2x6 floor joist, 3/4 T/G floor, 8 foot walls = room for lots-o-stuff. Below are pics from a Saturday morning to the following Sunday evening. One more day to finish the siding and doors and build shelving for inside.......
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Old 02-15-2008, 03:58 PM   #8
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Nice pics.
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Another option is to frame the floor with 2 runs to support the car. In other words mesure the distance between the tires and reinforce that area. This will save you a little bit on your floor. I would recomend 6x6's on the bottom and then 6x6's where the tires will be. Then you can use cheap 2x6's for floor joists everywhere else.
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Sweet that rocks. I will do this if I do it larger for the car.
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That is not a Shed, that is a Garage. Matter of fact, it is larger then my Shed Garage, which is 12x16.
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I might end up doing a size like that but everyone keeps telling me to double the size I think I might need. I guess it's easier on there wallets.
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I would pour concrete if your looking for car storage. why push the limit ? savings vs. possible damage = dumb, pour slab then build away.
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Well, in my area they would consider adding to the value of the house (taxes) if it is a poured foundation. I might not do the storage for the car as I am still undecided which way to go. This is why I chose to do it on blocks.

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