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Outbuildings: What you can do
You can construct all sorts of outbuildings for the use and enjoyment of the home so long as they do not cover more than 50% of the garden space. In Scotland this is reduced to 30%.

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I am building an outbuilding for general storage and to park my farm tractor in during the winter I plan to use 3/4" CDX for floor that will be supported by 4" x 4" runners centered on 12", with 2" X 4" joists also centered on 12".

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Outbuildings, garages and basements are often built with cinderblock walls because of their ease of installation, durability and ability to help control erosion.

The outbuilding is divided into 3 sections. The central section is where the firewood is stored. Each section has a doorway that joins it to the next section. The exposed beams against the corrugated fibreboard create a visually appealing look to this otherwise utilitarian space.

Small spaces, outbuildings and basement bathrooms can be some of the toughest projects on the bathroom remodeling spectrum. With so much happening in so little space, you've got to plan a lot in advance. Not only do you have to route plumbing and ventilation,...

Outbuildings. Will you have easy access to a bathroom/changing area/shower, so swimmers are not dripping their way through your living room to reach the accommodations? Or will you construct an outbuilding with plumbing and perhaps electricity?

Though outbuildings and water features are nice, much Phoenix landscaping design is focused on creating an outdoor space that looks good and will take care of itself.

Even after two and a half days spent comparing six heavy-duty string trimmers at the edges of trails, barns, outbuildings and stone walls, no victor had emerged. So I started them all and began cross-testing them, one at a time, along hundreds of yards of horse fence.

"When we started, we wanted a place for the kids to play their Wii Sports, which takes a lot of room," says the wife, and the seldom-used outbuilding near the pool offered a solution.

By far the most common outbuilding we build is a garage. We replace a lot of garages that are falling down now because they were originally built without a foundation — just a slab on the ground. The result is predictable. The weight of the garage walls eventually cracks the slab.

Rolled roofing material is the mainstay of outbuildings and other less-than-beautiful structures, and of low-slope residential roofs. Roll roofing, as the name implies, comes in rolls of 100 square feet, each about 3 feet wide.

You can also use an empty corner in an existing outbuilding. Wall in the upper half to keep strong winter winds away. Sturdy wire should be applied over the bottom half to help keep pets and predators at bay.

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Medium sized ones are ideal for bigger garages and small outbuildings up to about 12 feet in height while large ones are needed for a barn or house that is two or more stories high. You will also have to decide whether you want the weathervane to stand alone or come with a cupola.

The first garage was invented as a type of outbuilding which had before been nothing more than a place to keep a horse and carriage.

The success or failure of any outbuilding relies heavily on its foundation. No structure -- regardless of how well it's designed or built -- will survive for very long on a weak or poorly made base.

Do not plant trumpet vines close to homes or outbuildings. The aerial roots that the vine produces creep under shingles and boards and lift them; the heavy vines may collapse structures that are not sturdy.

Ceiling rafters in an outbuilding are a good choice for a hanging location. Hammer nails into the rafters or other wooden structure at least 8 inches from the ground, so the bundles hang without the tips of the trimmings touching the ground. This allows air to circulate completely around the bundles.

At 5300′ elevation the cave house, guest house, and various outbuildings make an ideal retreat. A natural creek flows through the property and has lovely swimming pools with rock patios. The area attracts birders from around the world and is perfect for wildlife viewing.

Freezing wine is not an option, so be wary of storing wine bottles in an outbuilding unless you control the temperatures within the building. Freezing temperatures can cause corks to pop out or bottles to break.

Alan asks, 'I recently completed an outbuilding using treated plywood for siding. Would you recommend an oil or latex based primer?'
I would use an oil based exterior primer, followed by two coats of a high quality exterior latex paint. Read on to find out more.
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" Each part of the house and outbuildings called for materials consistent with its character; thus the stucco portions of the main house required a traditional tile roof, while the barn siding on the office paired with a corrugated-metal roof.

Farms. Today’s outbuildings might not have the same charm as the beautiful wooden barns of days past. But these upright maples do their best to help the cause. They make a large structure less imposing and more attractive.

Showcased in the book, Designers In Residence, is a tiny doll house sized guestroom/outbuilding on her property in Long Island. It is a study in simplicity and restraint. In a garden setting with French doors, it was constructed from stock lumber and easily available parts.

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Calculation Tips for a Gambrel Roof A gambrel roof design is a very distinctive attribute of any barns, sheds, and outbuildings. While the
Troubleshooting Ponding on a Concrete Flat Roof Water standing on a concrete flat roof is something that should be dealt with as soon as possible after ...

Sometimes outbuildings such as a garage will form a connection between one part of the fencing and the next, if they stand right on the border of the property. Types of wooden fences include picket fences, post-and-rail fences, and stockade fences.

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Paint technologies have evolved, but barn red is still a sought after paint color to make your home stand out. It's a strong color that is best used as an accent or for outbuildings.

While it most often refers to building projects that alter the structure of an existing home, home renovation can include improvements to lawns and gardens and outbuildings like gazebos and garages.
Home improvement projects generally have one or more of the following goals: ...

FOR EXAMPLE: A weathered barn or outbuilding may have very little paint left and more appropriate in this application. Oil base products generally will tolerate small amounts of dirt on a surface better than latex. Make sure to read labels for specific product information.

However, since this room is often considered an outbuilding (even when it's attached) it tends to be neglected. Usually these spaces are not properly sealed, hazard-proofed, and typically remain uninsulated, making them inefficient and possibly dangerous.

Currently on the market for $17 million, Folly Quarter Manor now sprawls over 54 acres and includes a large and graciously appointed manor house, an 1,800-square-foot guest cottage, a 10-stall horse barn, pool, tennis court, gardens and assorted outbuildings.

No point is less than one metre from a boundary.
It is not more than 3m high for a flat roof, or 4m with a ridged roof.
No part projects beyond any wall of the house that faces a road.
The outbuilding is for use only by those who occupy the house.

Always put away fertilizers, gardening tools, pesticides, lawn mowers and other potentially harmful yard tools and equipment.
Remove peeling paint from outbuildings and/or your house exterior.

consideration, as the property owners need room to work around the front of the gazebo. While not everyone will be building right next to the water, you may want to ensure that you have room for landscaping, weeding, or mowing if you plan to build your gazebo near your house or another outbuilding.

requirements and restrictions you must follow in order for the work to be permitted before you select a plan. Then submit the plan to the building department with your permit application. Another important source to check is your Homeowners Association (HOA) -- some HOAs ban detached outbuildings ...

In some regions, at least as early as the first decades of the nineteenth century, it was not uncommon to use a roughcast finish on the foundation or base of an otherwise smooth-surfaced building. Roughcast was also used as an overall stucco finish for some outbuildings, ...

cabinetry, computer & office equipment, hobby items, comfortable furniture, collectibles, etc. (Beware of teenagers with drums, musical instruments and enormous amplifiers!) Always check with local authorities, but in most places this structure is not an apartment and qualifies as an outbuilding.

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