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If you’re looking for a place to store all the items you don’t want to put in your garage, or you want to set up your own separate workspace, a shed is the next best option. Taking the time to build it is a challenge, but once it’s done, not only will you have the extra space to do what you want, but you’ll have a healthy sense of accomplishment.

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1. Get a building permit if needed

Before starting any building project, check to see if you need a permit. It’s important to know what updates require approval according to your homeowner’s association regulations and local laws. You also need to understand the covenants regarding the maximum height and roof pitch of your shed. Associations usually require style uniformity and definitely have a say about location and zoning.

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