Shed Design Step 1

Shed Design Step 1: Choose Your Size

Step 1: Choose Your Size

This is the most important decision to make correctly for the perfect shed design for your storage building. (Note: Byler is now a part of Ulrich Lifestyle).

Storage Building Sizes

Size is the most critical part of shed design. Storage buildings are available in two foot increments (odd numbered sizes are available, if necessary) all the way from 6X6 to 28X40, so there is no reason not to get exactly the size you need. While the most common problem is not having enough space, we have seen situations where clients purchased buildings that were too large for their needs. Either dilemma is equally frustrating, and it’s worth spending a little time up front to figure out exactly how much space you will need.

Storage Shed Size: 3 Considerations

There are essentially three shed design considerations when choosing your storage shed size:
Storage Space, Yard Space, and Permit Requirements.

Storage Space

This is the first one, and perhaps the most important. If you know exactly what large items you will be storing for the entire life of this building, you can simply lay them out on the ground and measure what you need. Just remember to allow room for the smaller items, as well as access and movement within the building! If you just need “AS MUCH SPACE AS POSSIBLE!!!” then it would be best to proceed directly to the other two items regarding size.

Yard Space

While this is not a problem for some of our clients, most people do have a finite amount of yard. However, having the building overpower the yard is not a common problem except with the very smallest of yards. The more common considerations have to do with whether or not it will fit “between those two trees and the swing set” or some other similar issue. Just make sure it will fit where you want it to go!

Storage Building Permits

We are frequently asked, “Do I Need a Permit to Build a Shed?” This is the consideration that ends up making the size decision for many people. In the state of Virginia, a “building permit” is typically required for any building over 256 square feet (a 12X20 building is just under that benchmark).

(Note: most localities still require you to verify the placement of the building with the zoning office prior to installation. This is usually called a “Zoning Permit” or something similar, and is not as involved and costly as a typical “building permit.”)

256 square feet is also the size where a “permanent foundation” is typically required. While this is not a “deal-killer” necessarily, it does add another dimension, some extra costs, and an additional inspection to the process. A 12X20 building is the largest that can be easily installed with only blocks or a gravel base. We’ve addressed the foundational questions of shed design in The 5 Most Popular Shed Foundations.

You’ve just finished Step 1 out of 5. Congratulations! You are on your way to a great shed design that will serve you well for years to come.

 

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Once your building nears the end of production, your delivery date is confirmed or adjusted for weather complications. Your installation team conveys your delivery window on the day of install. Your building is placed exactly as planned and all accessory items are installed. Final touches and inspections are done to ensure your building is level and ready for you to move in. Once final payment is collected, all keys and documents are left with you, and your “Raving Fan Guarantee” coverage period begins – after which your warranty will start.

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Your design plans are reviewed in detail and then handed off to our production team. Any permits are submitted for review. Pending permit approval, your delivery date is then scheduled and materials are then prepped in our environment controlled facility (safe from the elements).

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    • If required, CAD and other engineered docs are drawn and certified at customer’s expense
  • Materials ordered and prepared – change order fees apply at this point
  • Order is checked prior to production completion / onsite build date

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Together, we custom design the best solution using our unique process to ensure a Smart Value investment for your lifestyle. 

  • Complete the “Deep Dive Process” to clearly identify all factors and details about the usage, positioning, delivery method, permit requirements, and amenities of your structure
  • Create the blueprint of your perfect structure to precisely fit your property and lifestyle
  • Confirm that this structure is truly your perfect / dream structure and place deposit / sign documents
  • OUR PROMISE: If your structure is permitted and cannot get approved, we will refund you the deposit less any 3rd party fees

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This is where we sit down and talk about the specifics of your project – including your needs, dreams, wants, and project investment goals as you learn about our proven process and our 3-uniques.

  • Overview of the Ulrich Proven Process to clarify your expectations
  • Project site overview
  • Learn about your needs, dreams, wants, and budget
  • Lifestyle usage and long term goals
  • Identify any known local building codes / HOA restrictions
  • Direct to the perfect team member to design your structure

Discovery

This is where we sit down and talk about the specifics of your project – including your needs, dreams, wants, and project investment goals as you learn about our proven process and our 3-uniques.

  • Overview of the Ulrich Proven Process to clarify your expectations
  • Project site overview
  • Learn about your needs, dreams, wants, and budget
  • Lifestyle usage and long term goals
  • Identify any known local building codes / HOA restrictions
  • Direct to the perfect team member to design your structure

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