Preparation For A Modular Barn Or Storage Shed
Before you run out and make a major purchase like a modular barn or storage shed there are several things that need to be done.
The first step obviously is to determine your needs or what the building is going to be used for. Different uses have different requirements. For example, is the building going to be for animals or is it going to be for garden equipment? A horse barn requires more drainage and has different access issues than a garden shed. Building usage is very important and needs to be a primary consideration.
What kind of building will it be? Is it going to be a large modular horse barn or a small vinyl clad garage? Now is a good time to locate a reputable dealer. If you approach the dealer knowing what your requirements are they will be able to guide you. The choices of building styles, construction materials and options are considerable and a qualified dealer will be essential in finding your way through the maze.
Next is the site itself, is it level or will it need to be leveled? Is there access for trucks and equipment, can the delivery vehicles get in? You will need to identify where you will be entering and leaving the site. Often two accesses are needed. One is temporary and will be used for delivery and the other will be the actual access.
Is the site rocky or wooded? Will trees need to be removed and who will remove them? If you need a crane, are there overhead obstacles like power lines, signs, other building overhangs that need to be dealt with?
If you have to dig or level the lot is there gas or waterlines nearby? Are there septic lines or a septic tank in the area or are there buried power or cable lines? You will need to contact the service providers, they will come to the site and mark any lines for you. They will also be able to give you any information you need for the next step, permits.
You know what building you want, what it is going to be made of, and where you want it to sit, now you need to see if you will be allowed to. Before you spend a dollar or dig a hole you need to check with your local building code enforcement office. Building code officials will have more detailed information for your area. Rules and requirements like property set backs or zoning restrictions can limit the size of your building or restrict where it goes.
Get the permits. Most towns or municipalities have regulations and requirements regarding buildings and building permits. Taking care of any permits or inspections is always the responsibility of the property owner. Often permit applications ask for building specifications and plans as part of the process. This is another good reason to work close with a dealer who can supply that information.
A quality building well placed and well maintained will give many years of durable use. Key to a successful modular building includes understanding your needs, doing some homework, and finding a reputable dealer. Doing this will not only save time and money but greatly reduce the stress level of installing a new modular barn or storage building.
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