Urban Rancher Shed

by Elroy Mann
(Los Angeles, CA)

The Urban Rancher Shed nears completion

The Urban Rancher Shed nears completion

The Urban Rancher is a striking, cost effective, comfortable, energy efficient building to be used as a guest room, cabana, office or studio space.

It is built on a 10'x12' footprint to avoid needing a permit in the USA. The porch decking is NOT attached to either the ground or the building, exempting this additional space from the overall legal footprint as well as maximizing the interior space within a 120 square foot limit.

The porch decking sits on concrete blocks and is built in 3 modular segments to allow the owner to turn it over to re-seal and re-paint the wood when needed. This will extend the life of the porch by many years. The deck segments are heavy enough to remain safe and stable when in use and due to a 3 inch perimeter gap, are not legally considered part of the 120 square foot maximum allowed to avoid permitting.

A large "wall of glass" window and single lite glass door allow an open, airy feeling. A sliding window located on the opposite wall from the door allows a cross brezze when needed. A 30" overhang is strategically placed to shade the interior from the sun during the hottest part of the day.

It is built using common stick building methods and materials with an insulated floor, walls and ceiling. A galvalume roof over radiant barrier OSB sheathing keep the interior warm in winter and cool in summer. SmartSide paneling is used next to the front wall of shiplap spruce planks. This keeps the siding costs low while maximizing use of the higher-end wood slats.

The vaulted ceiling (along with the large windows) helps the interior feel much larger than it is and makes it easy to spend long stretches of time indoors without feeling claustrophobic.

A 120V electric and a land-line telephone inlet are located at the entrance, again to avoid a permit issue with "attached utilities".

This shed has been built in the mountains near Los Angeles and is in the process of interior finishing. It is comfortable, well-insulated, open and airy. My design and construction blog is located at http://urbanrancher.wordpress.com/

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could this B done?
by: katherine

Build meny 120sq.' units close 2gether-not touching-all on 1 deck or not. In @ would B different parts of the home-can this B done 2 avoid permits?

At last
by: Colin

A neat, practical design which can be emulated by others. Well done!

Great job!
by: Mike P.

It looks amazing, and you can tell a lot of thought has gone into the construction and the materials used. I love the decking around it, and the slanted roof gives it a larger, airy appearance. It's also a clever way to maximize usable space within the zoning requirements. Those windows in front give it a huge WOW factor... I want one of these!

by: SweetLeaf Gardens

Strong classic design, we love it, been following your blog, big fans here in San Diego!!!
robin and barb

clever porchdeck
by: deZahn & Assoc

a great space man, reminds me of Blazona's design mobile buildings without the drafty seams. flipping over the deck to maintain it is fresh! my firm just did a guest house in AZ with a similar line, but our overhang was longer and needed cantelievered engineering. probably too much work for a home shed

love it, Elroy!
by: Anaisa

surprisingly smart for a simple shape, love the lines on your porch,

sweet space!
by: Fresno Jeff

Ive been following urbanranchers building of the shed, it rocks! unlike lots of the others, this one can be built by anyone and will withstand what ever the wether throws at it! makes a sweet space addition to any bodys property

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