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Old 04-27-2011, 01:07 PM   #1
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HI Guys, I'm new to the forum. I was planning on builing a 12 x 16 shed this summer as I need to clear space in my garage. Because the budget doesnt work this summer for the larger shed I thought of putting a 7-8 x 4 lean to shed on the side of my house this spring/summer. I'm not a proessional but am hands on and the only way to learn is to try.

I have a slight slope as you can see in the pic. I have vinyl siding as well which i was hoping to incorporates in the lean to shed.

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#1 I was debating on building with wood over buying a premade kit. Wood if i can get a few answers off this forum.

#2 I was going to use pier blocks (do I just cut them into the higher lever to even them out with the lower?) Should I have gravel underneath each blocks.

#3 attaching to house, would I leave the vinyl siding (use inside corner posts) on or am I cutting to expose that wall (expose typar). whats recommeded for cutting. Or do I just nail over the exising vinyl siding?

#4 I probably need a flashing, what do you guys recommend for the flashing?

this shed will hold a snowblower, lawmwer, garden stuff etc thats taking space in our garage. This might be a nice project to start off with beofre i tackle the larger shed, stairs from 2nd floor deck, and finishing my basement (walkout).

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Old 04-30-2011, 06:32 PM   #2
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maybe I asked too many questions. hey guys just want to know how you attach a lean to shed to vinyl siding of the house? want to make it look like aprt of the house.

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Old 05-03-2011, 02:41 PM   #3
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never mind figured it out myself. Thank god I came here. Whew!
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Old 05-03-2011, 10:38 PM   #4
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never mind figured it out myself. Thank god I came here. Whew!
I'm suprized you didn't get a reply?? Odd really!

I would cut away the siding as it would interfere with getting a solid connection or laminate to the house. I would then attach a 2x6 to the exposed exterior wall of the house spanning the length of the lean to roof. This will act as a support for the roof.

BUT is this just temporary until you get your shed put in?

You might consider just leaving the lean to unattached of the house so you don't have to do any cosmetic touch ups after??

As for putting down gravel underneath the post supports, I would. I would cut/dig away a section of grass where the post blocks will sit and to the level needed(based on grade) pour some gravel down then tamp the area to make it solid. The ground(soil) will more than likely allow the posts to sink if you don't. I wouldn't put gravel everywhere if this is temporary as you would have to clean it up after.

I'm thinking by not attaching this to your house you could get a few friends over after the shed is up and move the lean to where your shed is and attach it to the shed?? Get a little extra out of it for things that don't need to be inside the shed.
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Hey I appreciate your comments man. I think theres just alot of poeple asking for help here that you sometimes get bumped out lol.

I am still debating but leaning more towards just leaving it unattached and not bothering the cosmetics of the house. I wasn't sure how much grvol is sufficient and whether it is necessary to get below the frost line with it.

The tricky part will be doing the back of it with the siding. Might have to try and put it together and then get some beers and abunch of guys to move it over.

Will start it next week. BOught the 10 x 4 lean to plans online for 12.00. I'll post my results when im done.

Might need feedback on what to use for a skirt on my slope to prevent animals from making homes int here.

sorry man, lots of questions lol first time building my own shed and not a kit. prety excited.

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Just my opinion, but I would not attach it to the house. 1) you'll have to mess with your siding, 2) if it's attached to the house it would be best if it was below the frost line so the lean to is not moving against your house. If it was me, I would put it near where you are going to build the bigger shed. Then you can either, just build the bigger shed next to it or move the lean to shed over and attach it to the bigger one when it is finished. Also, if you are placing the lean to next to your house, what are you doing about the slope?
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your probably not even be allowed to attach your shed to your house,check with your bi first
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Hey I appreciate your comments man. I think theres just alot of poeple asking for help here that you sometimes get bumped out lol.

I am still debating but leaning more towards just leaving it unattached and not bothering the cosmetics of the house. I wasn't sure how much grvol is sufficient and whether it is necessary to get below the frost line with it.

The tricky part will be doing the back of it with the siding. Might have to try and put it together and then get some beers and abunch of guys to move it over.

Will start it next week. BOught the 10 x 4 lean to plans online for 12.00. I'll post my results when im done.

Might need feedback on what to use for a skirt on my slope to prevent animals from making homes int here.

sorry man, lots of questions lol first time building my own shed and not a kit. prety excited.

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I'd like to see your before, after pics and pics along the way. That's what DIY is all about... Show and tell
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for te slope im going to use blocks to level it out. I'm going to put it next to the house. I figure with it detached, you can always move it somewhere later. I've attached a pic of the shed, and wqill be using vinyl siding and not the t1-11 in the plans.

I was just worried about animals making a home in the open area underneath. Was not sure if some sort of skirt woulddo or to put more gravel underneath to deter them from digging.
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You should always say where you live, because the requirements vary from place to place.
Your plan to attach to the house wouldn't be allowed where I live.

Anything attached to the house and/or over 100 s.f. requires a permit.
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Wildie, I'm in the same area as you, but i know it can vary from region to region. South western Ontario. Niagara region.
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Wildie, I'm in the same area as you, but i know it can vary from region to region. South western Ontario. Niagara region.
I think that most municipalities now model their codes after the provincial requirements.

I have a place at the lake and neighbor started to buils a leanto shed on his house. No building permit either. As it was in a prominent location and would have affected my property value, I reported this to the BI.
A stop work order was posted on the project, but nothing has been removed. I think that I will have to complain again.
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you don't want to store anything with gasoline in it if you do attach it to your house without having the benifit of type x drywall and selfclosing metal doors seperating the shed from the house
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Here's the progress I made. My first time building a structure. Just to store all the gardening, lawn tools etc. Found these plans off the net for 15.00. I really liked the simplicity of them. Only prob I had with them is that it was 12 2x4 short in the material lists ( I didn't have any scraps left that would have made the 14, who knows).

Just wanted to post some pics. Not bad for the first time. The window I jsut picked up from a local reseller and had to adjust the framing to fit it as it's bigger then the spec window.

Took a week and a half, off and on x 2 people. Defineately need 2 people for the walls. Back wall was the trickiest. was going to go with vinyl siding and realized how much more expenisve it is (600.00) as opposed to the oc2 which was 20.00 a sheet and preprimed.
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Here's the pic from the designers website. Looks pretty close. Like I said first time, probably will find some flaws but it's been a learning experience. Hasn't leaked, floor is solid, got my snowthrower in there until i build the bigger shed next year.
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