We're planning to build a garden shed in our backyard. The shed will be made primarily from timber. One spot we had in mind for the shed is in an easement on our property for a barrel sewer that runs along the back of the properties on our street. The sewer is about a metre deep. This is deep enough that if we built the shed on stumps or a slab we would be unlikely to disturb the sewer. But the management authority for the sewer reserves the right to dig up the easement if necessary to work on the pipe. So if we had a shed on the easement this might have to be demolished. Not very green.
I've been told that work of this nature is unlikely but there is always a possibility.
So what I thought might work is a shed that can be easily moved if necessary.
The shed dimensions are likely to be in the order of 2m width x 3m long by 2m high. We could run three trenches at the shed site down to, say, 30cm and fill these with aggregate. We could build the shed on three skids of high durability timber (with termite caps on top of the skids) with the skids sitting on the aggregate. This would potentially allow the shed to be moved relatively easily (by dragging) if necessary. The bearers across the skids would have to be strong enough to span 1m. I guess some load calculations are necessary. I was looking at some nice boards of farm grown sugar gum (Eucalyptus cladocalyx) yesterday that should do the job.
To make this even easier I thought that we could have the walls and roof essentially as discrete elements with the walls bolted to the floor assembly and the roof bolted to the walls. That way the shed could be unbolted and dismantled into easy to move sections.
Does that sound like it would work? Anyone had a crack at something similar and have some lessons learnt?
Posted Nov 24, 2012 9:24 PM ET
Edited Nov 24, 2012 9:31 PM ET
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