When choosing a building site for your shed, garage, workshop or metal building, consider the following:

Convenience: Some people want to hide their outside buildings as far from their homes as possible; however, if you use aesthetically appealing material and style options, your building will look great conveniently located close to your home.

Elevation and Drainage: Do not place your shed, storage building or metal building near a low-lying area that collects moisture. If your yard does slope, place your building as close to the highest point as possible, with the door facing the high side so it is easier to navigate.

Setback and Easements: Make sure you maintain proper distances from your property lines and government easements. Generally, all structures, including sheds, garages and metal buildings must be placed at least 5-10 feet from the rear property line and 10-15 feet from the sides, but since requirements vary from one municipality to another, it is best to check before you build.

Moisture and Airflow: Maintaining adequate airflow is vital for preventing the accumulation of excess moisture. Build-up of moisture leads to wood rot and the development of harmful mold and mildew. In order to prevent excessive moisture in your shed, storage building, or garage, follow these practices:

  • Make sure the mudsill is at least 6 inches above the ground and that there is enough space under the building for air to circulate.
  • Leave at least 2 to 3 feet of clearance from bushes, shrubs, trees, and fences around all sides of your shed, workshop, or metal building.
  • Avoid placing your building in shady areas that receive little sunlight. 

BAS Buildings offers TechSheild Radiant Barrier, in order to keep your building 15-20 degrees cooler in the summer.

Door Size and Placement: Make sure the door of your shed  or workshop is large enough to accommodate the items you will place in it. Additionally, consider placing doors on either end of your building in order to increase accessibility to items stored. For metal garages, determine if you need one large or two smaller garage doors, and if you need to have remote control of them.

BAS Buildings does not use kits, so can put your door wherever you like. They can also install a second door, or rollup or residential remote garage door.

Foundation: For buildings smaller than 200 square feet, an on-grade foundation consisting of solid concrete blocks or pressure-treated wood timbers, set directly on the ground, will be sufficient to support the building. Make sure the blocks are properly leveled, spaced closely together, and evenly in order to ensure it can support the shed’s building and items stored leveled, spaced closely together, and evenly in order to ensure it can support the shed’s building and items stored. Larger storage buildings must be built to state building codes.

 BAS Buildings uses Pressure treated floor joists, 12” on center, with 4” treated timbers set on solid concrete blocks for sheds, and offer concrete slab foundations when desired or demanded by HOAs.

Step 4: Permitting and HOAs