The property that I bought recently had two sheds. The older one was closer the to the fence and it is already demolished and the other one which is currently blocking our view and it is too big for our needs. The plan is to cut it in half and try to relocate one of the halves on the blue area marked on the picture enter image description here

The resulting structure will look like this:
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Here are my questions:

  1. Is the above a good idea ? What difficulties can I expect?
    2 The house has no slope build around the walls to lead the water away of the walls. That is something that I want to improve in the near future. Do I need to build a slope under the off the wall shelf ?
  2. Considering that I will have to move a prebuilt structure what is the best type of base that I should build for my new shed (the blue square)? I am thinking about a skid base.
    enter image description here The current shed has its own base frame and it lies on top of solid concrete blocks. Considering that the half of the shed that I am moving has to slide into that space I don't think that another type of base is a good idea
  3. Do I need to lie gravel under the shed? The area was previously used as a storage area, gravel was stored there before the first shed was build. I already cleaned the place and collected all the gravel in two garage bins.
  4. The old shed base is still in place, it has a gravel bed on top of which concrete pavers were added. They are not level anymore. I could probably use them to build a base fore the new shed (in the blue area) or try to drive the water away from the house in the greyed area under our windows.
    The question is, if the old shed does not need a base (either gravel or concrete slabs) which of the two is the best to cover the grey filled area in the first picture: concrete slabs or gravel? (I guess they will both need a sloped bed before anything

Update (2017): I ended up cutting the shed in half and reinforcing the structure so it could stand by itself (worked well) After that I used conduit pipes to move it in place. A friend of mine got some leftovers from work and they where just good to roll the whole thing on them I ended up moving the structure twice since when I first moved it in place it was late in the season and I had to wait till next year when I built a base by the book (sand, gravel, slabs) It stands strong no issues to far.

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    I think in the end it'll be a whole lot easier to carefully dismantle it and reuse the materials to build a new one.
    – DA01
    Sep 11, 2014 at 3:40
  • It would probably be sof it it had no roof. The roof has asphalt shingles, the entire structure is 10ftx10ft and the roof is quite heavy and difficult to reconstruct. We already went through this when we demolished the first shed. There is no way I am going to rebuild that roof not even from scratch.
    – MiniMe
    Sep 11, 2014 at 14:48

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I think:

  1. No, it is not a good idea. You can expect all the difficulties of renovation, new construction, and building relocation, combined. Perhaps also conflicts with land use regulations as well. Without tying the roof to the adjacent structure, expect water damage to both the shed and the home.

  2. Support for the shed should be suitable for the soil and drainage conditions local to the site. A proper foundation would be the preferred solution. Whatever is constructed should be in accord with current building codes and meet the requirements for wind and seismic forces.

  3. A concrete slab might provide better long term performance.

  4. See answer 3.


Do you have sufficient variance between the house and your property line to allow for the addition of this shed there? Is there a zoning or housing code you need to check?

Are you getting a permit for this? Most parts of the country require a building permit for anything that attaches to the residence. Having it permitted protects your future resale value.

How would the height of your shed foundation compare to the height of your residence foundation? You might want them to be the same.

Are you going to tie the shed joists into the house joists?

If you weren't attaching this shed to your residence, some of these questions would not come to mind. If you still want to attach it, you really should consult a contractor/builder. Wishing the best for you.

  • The bylaw does not allow you to do it unless you apply for an exception That is done in agreement with your neighbour. My neighbour has one in the exactly the same position were I want to put mine. I am am the one to chose if I want him to remove his or I build my own the same way (which I am going to do). There will be 1ft left between my fence and my shed. The houses are identical and symmetrically built
    – MiniMe
    Sep 10, 2014 at 22:18
  • No I don't want to connect the house and the shed in any way. The only touch point will be the roof and probably two 2x4 which I am going to attach to the house vertically so I can attach the shed to the house and not allow the rain to get into that area from the lateral side of the shed.
    – MiniMe
    Sep 10, 2014 at 22:40
  • Since I am asking about a slope I guess I have to options: I level the soil and the gravel and I align it with the level o f the soil around my house or I give it a slope that will terminate close to the fence. My guess is that I might not need a slope since the water will be diverted by the structure above that area. No I don't need a permit since the structure will have like 6x10 which is under the bylaw limits above which you need a permit. I would have installed a brand new one if I could find an off the wall shed with this size 6x10
    – MiniMe
    Sep 10, 2014 at 22:41
  • Being a foot from the fence with the roof sloping towards it, you may end up with property line water issues. Also, most jurisdictions don't allow something that close to the property line (thought perhaps the fence is already set back from the true property line enough to allow it)
    – DA01
    Sep 11, 2014 at 3:43
  • And who is going to complain? My neighbor? His was built before mine and if someone can complain about water or bylaw I should be the one. The only real problem is that the common side of the fence, the segment between the sheds might receive more water than it should and it might rot. My plan is to build some french drain for that segment and deal with that on my side. The terrain is a little more elevated on my side so I should be careful with that aspect
    – MiniMe
    Sep 11, 2014 at 13:17

Sticking to item 1 : what difficulties might you expect:

Practically speaking, cutting it in half and moving it will be a problem (or a "challenge" as the folk who like to pretend that problems don't exist like to euphemize.) Moving a shed is awkward enough when it's a complete structure. Once you cut it in half you'll lose a good deal of what structure it has (especially cutting through the peak of the roof like that), and it will be torn between moving and collapsing at every application of force. As a crude model, play around with a sealed (taped) cardboard box (preferably fairly large) - then cut it in half and see how much less rigid it suddenly becomes. You will need to brace the open side in some manner in order to have any hope of moving it.

From your comment, extracted for contrast:

  • No I don't want to connect the house and the shed in any way.
  • so I can attach the shed to the house

Pick one - you cannot have it both ways. Either you build a wall for the shed and it's not attached to the house, or you attach it to the house wall and it is attached. If the latter makes it not legal, you have to do the former.

  • After the shed is cut we will complete the structure by closing the middle section with plywood and 2x4 in order to reconstruct the structure of a normal shed of that type Above I was asked if I intend to connect the shed with the truces of the house. No I don't. Connecting it that way is one thing while just attaching the structure to the house by making close contact is another thing (at least in my understanding)
    – MiniMe
    Sep 11, 2014 at 4:15
  • Some of the challenges we foresee are: -not being able to cut the structure exactly in half -the structure is not symetrical, we measured that -making the floor level will also be a problem
    – MiniMe
    Sep 11, 2014 at 4:17

I'm actually really impressed with your diagrams here haha! The storage situation is pretty well illustrated! But like a lot of the commentors here, I think that to if you're attempting move the storage shed in part, you're really going to be looking at a fair bit of work, and possibly a bit of unsightliness having to deal with the left over base of the existing shed. Why not move the whole thing somewhere else or think about a better way to organize the items inside the storage shed and do away with it completely?

  • Fact is that the shed was moved and everything went as planned. It was unused space. I will reuse the base materials for other projects (I need to redo the patio)
    – MiniMe
    Mar 3, 2015 at 10:31

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