Shed Project Update

Shed Project Update

Shed Project Update

Ok, for those of you following my blogs, we haven’t forgot about our shed project.  It just kind of got put on the back burner with summer vacations, back-to-school etc.  But, we’re ready to start tackling it again.  Like I mentioned before, unfortunately, we really only have one ideal place for a shed in our backyard since we have a sloped yard and lots of trees.  It will be in the back corner with fence on two sides and trees on the other.  If you take a look at the pictures, you can see where we plan to put it and why it’s going to be slightly challenging.

We did some measuring the other day.  The space we have to work with is really only about 6’ wide before we’d have to start removing trees, which we don’t want to do.  A 5’x8’ shed would fit perfectly!  Of course, things are never as simple as they seem with our projects.  We have another dilemma.  Lifetime doesn’t make a 5’x8’ shed!  Sigh. Their shed is 8’x5’ which won’t work for us.  I was hoping maybe Darrin at Lifetime can give me some insight whether there are any plans in the works for a 5’x8’ shed.  And, if not, why is 8’ wide the smallest width Lifetime makes?  Surely, I’m not the only one that has come across this need. If you have been looking for a shed narrower than 8’, please comment and let us know!

So, I’m waiting to hear what Darrin says about future shed sizes.  If a 5’x’8 is not possible, then I think we have decided to get a Lifetime 11’x3.5’ shed and place it along our side fence.  It’s not ideal and won’t give us quite the storage space we were hoping for, but it will definitely help eliminate a lot of our patio and garage clutter.  As always, I’ll keep you posted on our progress.

Oh…and for those of you wondering about our rat status.  Thank goodness, we haven’t seen any more in our BBQ grill!  But, our bait boxes in the back still have “lots of activity”.  And, yes, I’m still putting cotton balls soaked with peppermint oil in our grill and on the patio.  Go away rats!!

Jan

Jan

Name- Jan

What I do for a living- First and foremost, I'm a doting mommy of a second grader and a 4-year-old, and a proud wife of a USAF F-16 fighter pilot!  In my pre-children life, I was the Communications Manager for Lifetime Products.  But, once you're a Lifetime fan, you're hooked!  So, after a few years of hiatus, I'm now a WAHM and am happily back on board at Lifetime as a freelance PR Consultant.  In addition to blogging for Lifetime, you can follow and chat with me on Lifetime's Twitter account @Lifetime365 and on the Lifetime Products Facebook page!

Topics I blog about- How I use Lifetime products in my everyday life at home, for kids parties and community activities, as well as inspiring stories... and GIVEAWAYS!  :)

My favorite products from Lifetime- 4x2 Table, 30” Personal Table, Chair, Youth Kayak, and Wheelbarrow.  Although, our Shed and Yard Cart are pretty close favorites, too!

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trainsguy

9/21/2008 3:35:52 AM

you better check with your local building code office about proper setback requirements.  most have a minimum distance for front, side and back yards, even when a fence has been erected on the property line.

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Jan

9/21/2008 7:06:12 AM

You are very right about that.  As I mentioned in my "Yum!  BBQ Rat!" post, when we first started thinking about our shed project a few months ago, we were orginally going to build a wooden shed.  That's when we learned our city requires a building with shingles to be at least 3 feet from the fence. However, the plastic Lifetime shed doesn't have real shingles so we will be able to set it closer to the fence.  Thanks for the reminder though!

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Darrin

Darrin

9/25/2008 9:55:50 AM

Hi Jan! Funny thing you should ask... The 8 foot width is what through market research we found to be the most desired size. The smallest sheds we currently make are the 8x2.5 and the 11 x 3.5 ft sheds. BUT you'll be pleasantly surprised by my next post...  

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