Still at a very early stage with the new shed – working out a basic way forward, and if you think it is frustrating not to have more progress by now from your perspective, imagine it from mine!

I had a friend around on Saturday as we chewed over a few ideas, and looking at what may be an alternative to the American barn (commercial) design.

After discussing the concepts through, I have since measured the back yard as accurately as I can, then plotted it all in Illustrator.  What is interesting, is I didn’t realise that the angled fenceline is pretty much right on 45o. This may or may not make any more difference – it does mean that it is pretty much a given to have the shed square to the house.

gardenSo drawn to scale, there is the 2m easement on the boundary.  Shed A is the earlier American Barn design, with a floor area of 48m2

Shed B is an alternate floor area we discussed, maximising the land use, and has a floor area of 50m2.  Obviously, by utilising every square cm of the back of the property, it doesn’t protrude anywhere near as far into the garden.  For a sense of scale, the blue shed (B) has 2 walls which are 10m long.

Some of the other ideas we kicked around included not going with a slab, and instead utilising a wooden floor.  This has a number of advantages, including cost, insulation, dropped chisels, overall ambiance.  A lot of insulation, with the idea of dropping the internal volume down to around 40dB externally.

No idea about the cost at this stage – would have to design the whole thing and measure each to estimate cost.  It would be a timber and cement sheet construction, with insulation on the inside, and a timber front face (radial sawn), and the other sides rendered.

So where to from here?  Another chat to the council – I need to work out where the plumbing etc on the property.  I need to know the depth of the piles required, especially on the edge of the easement.  I need to know how close to the fenceline I can get.

Painfully slow process.

5 Responses

  1. Stu, you could of course still float a concrete floor and then instead of a screed use a raised wooded floor. Run all your cabling and ducting under that.

    In terms of the shed design, I would go with the most efficient layout unless for some reason the shed’s architectural design will add significant value to the your house and overall property value. If it’s a shed then let it be a shed.

  2. Stu, I know how you feel, I have been down the same track 2m easement (ok) then 2m easement for the sewer main that cost me 12m 2.
    Took me months just to get the Council approval “go hard mate”.


  3. I have no idea what the weather is like down that way but if you can build that close to the fence do you have to do anything with the runoff from the shed roofs to keep it within your property?

    • It certainly does rain- Melbourne is renowned for having four seasons in one day.

      The shed roof will have guttering, plumbed into the stormwater drain.

  4. You mention using a lot of insulation to reduce dB. Check out altho a commercial site it is the best I have found on this subject, go to soundproofing 101 then 4 elements of soundproofing, this gives an excellent description on the subject. There is a wealth of info available on this site that will be useful to anyone wanting to reduce the impact of noise on their neighbour Cheers Graham

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