There are numerous considerations, not the least of which is how you feel about your existing location. That word – LOCATION – should be your primary focus. Do you prefer to remain where you are, or not? Is staying where you are an option, or are you forced to relocate due to a job change, or other issues?
If you are mainly going to use the shed for storage then you can build it farther from your house. You are most likely not going to need your gardening equipment every day. However, if you plan on keeping the children’s bicycles and toys in the shed, then you should construct it as close to the home a possible to make it easily accessible.
Most communities have a homeowners association with rules governing what can and can’t be done. This helps keep things nice within the subdivision but can also be a pain in the neck. There are all kinds of restrictions that can be in place including type and size of homes, siding materials, pools, driveway materials…just to name a few. Be sure to ask to review a copy of the homeowner’s association documents before purchasing.
I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve seen individuals spend thousands of dollars designing the home of their dreams. Then they go down to the zoning department and based on the zoning they find out the distance from the street, called the building line, is, let’s say, 30 feet. The setbacks or distance you must build from your neighbor’s property line are 15 feet for the side yards and 20 feet for the rear yard. When they now see the only legitimate place to build a home, based on the zoning, they are shocked to see there is not enough room on their lot for their dream home. Their only option is to apply for a variance to cross these lines. These variances can be very costly, time consuming and many times they are denied!
Regarding all these utilities, make sure they are at or on your property. Just because there is a sewer line 10 feet away on your neighbor’s land, and the county would be glad for you to connect to this line, don’t assume everything is ok. Your neighbor may want you to pay them $10,000.00 to cross their property!
Are you state and county licensed? Make sure that you see their contractor’s license and make sure it is for your state and that the license is current. You can find out the licensing requirements in your area by checking with your local town of islip codes.
Once you bring the Tyvec around the side of your structure, have your helper hold the bottom tight as you nail from the right hand side to the left, top to bottom.
Once you get these points taken care of one at a time, you will have a much better idea whether you want to do it on your own or hire a contractor, or whether you want to add solar power to your home in the first place. Don’t forget that adding home solar power is not a cheap undertaking and it will most probably take for a while to get it done.