1164 Topsail Road
Mount Pearl, NL A1N 5E8
Review the following checklist to prepare for the accessory building process.
1. Review your plot plan to determine if your property has any restrictions such as; powerline easements, or water/sewer easements, etc.
2. Check Town/City regulations to determine the distance the accessory building is required from the property line, home, powerlines and easements. Also, check the maximum height allowed as well as the maximum space you can use on your property for an accessory building, and if more than one is permitted. It’s also good to keep in mind that if electrical is being installed the building may have to be farther away from the property line.
3. Measure your yard and deduct the requirements from the property line/home/easements to give yourself an idea of the size you are permitted to build.
4. Ensure the ground is not off level more than 12” in the area you are planning to have the accessory building built.
5. Measure the individual pieces of the intended storage equipment/items and add the measurements together to determine the structure size required. Taking this extra step will avoid the disappointment of building too small, and not having the necessary storage space. Also note that it is more expensive to add on to an existing building than to build a larger one. This is a common problem for growing families, as the family grows so does the storage requirements!
6. Peg out the area where you wish to have your structure built, and have a look to see if it looks large enough and if it will compliment your yard and be aesthetically pleasing. Remember that you are not only adding storage space but you are also increasing your property value!
7. Do you live in an area prone to high winds? Depending on the size of the building you are considering it may need additional pinning to secure it to the ground.
8. Sonotubes are an option for small sheds and barns, but can be quite costly as they would need to go 4’ into the ground. Excavation work and concrete pouring would be required. Deck blocks are an alternative but keep in mind that putting sheds and barns an extra 8” off the ground allows for more wind to get underneath the structure which can create uplift during storms. Also note that frost and thawing cycles can wreak havoc on deck blocks, causing the structure to shift. Higher ramps would be required as well if you did go with deck blocks, so keep that in mind as well!
9. Our floors are structurally built to take the weight of common household items and toys such as snowmobiles and quads. If you are looking at storing a heavier item you may want to consider upgrading the flooring system.
10. Determine how many windows you require. If you are planning to use your building as a work space note that windows take away wall space.
11. Decide if you would like an Overhead Door (Garage door) and a side door or just plywood doors.
12. If you decide to have an Overhead door you have the option of having metal fascia installed around the framed opening so you can avoid having to paint! Also note that if you are having only an Overhead Door you will require a locking t-handle entrance knob.
13. Determine if you would like your structures eaves cased in metal fascia and vinyl soffit to avoid painting and maintenance. Also, if you are having an exterior steel door decide if you would like vinyl clad on the outside frame of the door.
14. Have a look at your siding colour, type, trim and roof shingle colour and type. If you are unsure you can ask for a site visit to match the colours as much as possible.
15. Do you require a pressure treated or spruce ramp to get your items in and out of your building?
16. Determine what type of roof you would like. If it is a shed or garage a 4/12 pitch is standard. Any pitch above 4/12 would have to be quoted. Would you like an optional spread web truss design with a higher pitch roof for more storage or an attic truss design for even more storage? Also, decide if you would like stairs leading to this area, L-shaped or pull down attic stairs.
17. The last step would be to contact us with any questions or concerns and we would be happy to help you with the process and book in your unit on our scheduling board!