My woodshed project

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Ashful

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Mar 7, 2012
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Looks great, Webby!

Conceptual question, though... what is the advantage of a wood shed with a floor? My mind would have gone toward grading that area level, putting down 3/4" clean or modified crushed stone, and using pallets for a sacrificial floor. Isn't any floor in a woodshed guaranteed a relatively short (<20 years) life?
 
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Lumber-Jack

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Looks great, Webby!

Conceptual question, though... what is the advantage of a wood shed with a floor? My mind would have gone toward grading that area level, putting down 3/4" clean or modified crushed stone, and using pallets for a sacrificial floor. Isn't any floor in a woodshed guaranteed a relatively short (<20 years) life?
I'm with you, I've never seen much advantage of a floor in a woodshed. Floors take time to build, they also cost a lot in materials, and most importantly they take up extra space that could be used for wood storage.
However, looking at Webby's situation he is building his shed on a sloping ground next to what appears to be a concrete landing, and likely wants the floor of the shed to be level with the concrete landing, so in this case I can see why a constructed floor would make sense.
 
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webby3650

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I lag bolted the rims with 5" x 3/8"lags. Also added an additional 2x8 on the inside of the posts that's bolted under the joists to help carry the load. If that makes sense, you can see it in the pictures.
 

webby3650

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Sep 2, 2008
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I'm with you, I've never seen much advantage of a floor in a woodshed. Floors take time to build, they also cost a lot in materials, and most importantly they take up extra space that could be used for wood storage.
However, looking at Webby's situation he is building his shed on a sloping ground next to what appears to be a concrete landing, and likely wants the floor of the shed to be level with the concrete landing, so in this case I can see why a constructed floor would make sense.
That's was my thought exactly. Utilizing Useless space next to an existing slab. And I'm sick of stacking on skids! Also wanted increased airflow through the entire shed.
 

Seasoned Oak

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Oct 17, 2008
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Eastern Central PA
Im wondering if this type of structure would increase your property taxes, and by how much.
 

webby3650

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Sep 2, 2008
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Im wondering if this type of structure would increase your property taxes, and by how much.
I'm sure it will, but it's no real concern. It'll be worth it.
 

webby3650

Master of Fire
Sep 2, 2008
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Indiana
I just scored a bunch of wood from Craigslist to fill the shed! $90 a cord and it's only a few miles away from my house! Oak, hickory, cherry, and sugar maple. I bought it all!
 

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Shane Collins

Burning Hunk
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I just scored a bunch of wood from Craigslist to fill the shed! $90 a cord and it's only a few miles away from my house! Oak, hickory, cherry, and sugar maple. I bought it all!
$90 a cord, looks seasoned too? Send some my way please!! Nice score, how many cords did you get?
 

webby3650

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$90 a cord, looks seasoned too? Send some my way please!! Nice score, how many cords did you get?
Looks like it'll be about 4 cords. It was actually cheaper than that. I paid him $300 for all of it.
 
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BrotherBart

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Around here if it has a foundation it hits the tax rolls. Heck my 28 year old falling down pole barn, with no foundation, is on my tax bill every year as an "out building".
 

Ashful

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Mar 7, 2012
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Philadelphia
My township has a wonderful level of disinterest. I put a second floor in my carriage barn, essentially expanding it from 900 to 1500 sq.ft. I went to the township with my PE-stamped engineering plans, before starting the project, to get a permit. The code enforcement officer told me he wasn't going to bother writing me a permit, if no one was going to live in the structure.
 

webby3650

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Sep 2, 2008
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Around here if it has a foundation it hits the tax rolls. Heck my 28 year old falling down pole barn, with no foundation, is on my tax bill every year as an "out building".
That's right! If it's over 72 square feet you must obtain a building permit here. So they can tax you on it. Even if it's a portable storage shed!
And no, I did not get a permit!
 

BrotherBart

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Still the fact is, really nice wood shed webby3650. Envious. ;sick
 
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DougA

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Dec 13, 2012
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S. ON
Our county has a limit of 100 sq ft. before you need a building permit and ..ya guessed it .. taxes. I needed something a lot bigger, so I built 3 sheds that are each 100 sq ft and they are OK as long as they each have their own support, separate roof and do not touch each other. Since wood sheds are made to be airy, that was not a big problem.

I guess you won't be able to rent it out to any of us for a B&B now that it's full of wood.:(
 

firefighterjake

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Jul 22, 2008
19,028
Unity/Bangor, Maine
I built my woodshed off the ground with a floor ... wanted to get it up a bit since it is in an area that gets pretty wet in the spring. I suppose I could have hauled in gravel and crushed rock as well though.
 

Oldman47

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Jan 19, 2015
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Central Illinois
Looking good Webby. Are you going to use some diagonal bracing?
 

webby3650

Master of Fire
Sep 2, 2008
10,726
Indiana
Looking good Webby. Are you going to use some diagonal bracing?
I me might. I've considered building a dividing wall in the middle, it would act as bracing as well. It barely moves though.
 

beardley

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Feb 5, 2009
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Cato, NY
I me might. I've considered building a dividing wall in the middle, it would act as bracing as well. It barely moves though.
The siding will add more stiffness. Putting them on at 45deg even more so. I sheathed my house with boards instead of plywood and did it all at 45 for the added shear strength. Looks great!
 

Ashful

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Mar 7, 2012
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Philadelphia
The siding will add more stiffness. Putting them on at 45deg even more so. I sheathed my house with boards instead of plywood and did it all at 45 for the added shear strength. Looks great!
Grew up in a house that was half granite, and half 1x6 T&G sheathing installed at 45deg, under 1x12 mahogany siding. Felt like a bomb shelter in storms, compared to other framed houses.
 
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