Yes, you can live in a shed. You can add some finishing touches that might even make it feel like a home. But don’t confuse the construction of a shed with a home.
While a simple shed from your local lumber yard may keep your garden tools dry or make a good play house for your grandkids, it is not built with the same details that make a house last for 50 years or more. When you look at the picture above, you can immediately tell that you are looking at a shed. But the photo below looks like a tiny house.
Let’s compare a few details. Look at the roof overhand, referred to as the roof eave. The eaves on the shed barely extend past the edge of the wall. The tiny home has eaves that extend further to help keep water off of the exterior walls and windows. You can also see that even though the doors are very similar, the doors on the tiny house are protected by the extended eaves. The doors on the shed are exposed to rain and more susceptible to water damage.
But the biggest differences in quality construction can’t be seen from the outside. Terms like jack studs, double header, flashing tape and vapor barrier aren’t things you will hear when building a shed. But any house, tiny cottage or the White House, needs to be built with good construction methods that hold up over time.
These small details make a big difference. And if you ever have plans of finishing the interior or adding heating or cooling, you will need to make sure your house is built correctly to prevent mold growth and provide a comfortable space.
So don’t buy a shed from your big box lumber yard for your small house project. Make sure you are buying a house, however small it might be, and your perfect space will be around for many years and might be passed down for many generations.
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