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Very tasteful shed

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Joined: Feb 8 2005

I saw this in the lastest issue of dwell... and figured that somebody out there is looking for something like this...

http://www.modern-shed.com/

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Joined: Jul 28 2004

That is a great looking shed! Thanks!

Joined: Mar 2 2004

Too bad there are no vertical grooves in the siding.

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Joined: Feb 8 2005

you could always get a router bit for a electric hand drill and grind vertical grooves...>;^)

Ben
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Joined: Aug 12 2004

or nail strips of wood to simulate groves.

My home made shed has aluminum siding that has vertical lines/shapes/etc.

San Mateo code says don't need a permitt for a shed as long as the roof surface area is less than 110 sq/ft. Mine is 109.5 sq/ft.

Slab is 4 inches thick and above ground. 2 inch concrete foundation on that.

Here's a picture of the shed door and how it's used to hold things used often off the shelves/table/floor/etc.

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Joined: Mar 16 2005

Here's another source.

http://www.metroshed.com

My wife suggested this to me when I complained about our Eichler being too small - - my in-laws' 4,000 SF house with 30 feet separation between their MBR and our BR, and our Maine friends' 400 SF guest house really make our Eichler seem cramp. Modern Shed seems better matched to Eichler architecture, though, if I were to put up a studio/guest room.

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Joined: Oct 7 2004

Prefab,

I had the same idea regarding a studio/guest room with a prefab, but this modern shed may do the trick for less $$$. As a Sunnyvale resident, are you located in the Hollenbeck/Fremont Ave area? Have you contacted the city yet regarding zoning laws? just curious...

David

Prefab wrote:
Here's another source.

http://www.metroshed.com

My wife suggested this to me when I complained about our Eichler being too small - - my in-laws' 4,000 SF house with 30 feet separation between their MBR and our BR, and our Maine friends' 400 SF guest house really make our Eichler seem cramp. Modern Shed seems better matched to Eichler architecture, though, if I were to put up a studio/guest room.

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Joined: Mar 16 2005

David: we're in a small tract (11 in a cul-de-sac + 3-4 on Homestead) at the edge of Birdland/Raynor Pk - - specifically, Lorne Way off of Homestead/Swallow Dr; the small tract is directly across Homestead from the new Kaiser Center. It was completed in 1973 and by that time, some conventional building methods were catching up to Eichlers - - like no more full glass walls; in the MBR, the 1960's still had full glass walls while ours has 2/3 glass & 1/3 plaster wall; moghany walls were long gone (except for Bedroom doors) and textured plaster was in (it still qualified for a "8-minute" fire rating - - Eichlers are incendiary). However, all the houses in our tract have a "soaring ceiling" and/or "floating fireplace" and there are, I think, 4 specific, repeating floorplans.
Now, to your question about Sunnyvale's permitting. My wife explored it on Sunnyvale's Buildings Dept. website -- we're been married long enough that I only hear half of what she says and still less of what she says she wants, but I think Sunnyvale allows an uninhabited structure up to about 12x10 without any permit, not require usual 5 feet separation fr. side fence, and not count towards the 35-40% max. lot footprint. A workaround could be to build it as uninhabited, and then make it habitable later, but this would have to be done within a "good neighbor" policy with your neighbors (separation from fence line, etc.). In any event, the website has starting information for assessing whether it is viable. I think Dwell Magazine may have highlighted the Metro Shed in the past. In any event, I think it is a practicable way to have space for about $100 per sq feet.

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