In case you were wondering...

In case you were wondering...

This blog exists to encourage all those who have ever wanted--and needed!--a tiny getaway close to home. A workshop, playhouse, garden shed, sanctuary, mini-greenhouse, studio, home office; whatever it is you need, it IS doable, with some sacrifice, imagination, and compromise.

It helps if you're handy, too.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010


...we do need a separate permit for electricity, which I figured (though why it wasn't on the original permit I dunno. Apparently the electrician has to apply for that.)

Said electrician stopped by yesterday, and offered info and suggestions (he thought I could probably go get the permit, but no.) He said the wire either had to be buried 18" deep or put in a conduit, 2-3" deep, which would be great. Not so worried about cutting the phone line, in that case.

Only the codes apparently say 18" deep. Period. So a trencher, and right across the phone lines. After the electrician gets the permit and schedules us...

(If I disappear for a while, you'll know why. No phone, no 'net.)

I'll be really glad to have all those t's crossed and i's dotted and be able to use the Serenity Shed for, well, serenity!


  1. You'll probably be glad it is buried deeper in the long run, but why is it you can never get a straight answer from the powers that be, right? Serenity will arrive. You'll need it by the time you're finally done. :):)

  2. No wonder everyone hires a contractor. No one can figure out just what the codes say. I can't believe it is so hard to construct a shed.

  3. Rita, you're probably right! I'm worried about my phone line, but whatever happens will happen and we'll deal with it. But YES, that kind of inconsistency and misinformation is what drives me nuts. We did check their building codes online, and J. called City Hall to confirm, and I talked to the President of Planning and Zoning commission. You'd think we'd have had those bases covered, wouldn't you? Then all this confusion...siiigh.

    I can't believe it's so complex to build a shed, either!



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