10' sidewalls for storage shed

by Scott
(San Diego Ca)

Hello - I live in San Diego and the limitations on a non-permitted shed are 120 sqft of roof area. So I am basically limited to a 10'x10' shed. To make up for this I would like to have my sidewalls be 10' to facilitate a loft for storage. My questions is, are there any reasons I can't have 10' sidewalls? I haven't found one design with walls greater than 8'. Thanks.

I plan on starting my project this weekend. I will have lots of pics from foundation to siding so hopefully, I will have something to contribute. Thanks



Hi Scott,

Thanks for your question.

There is no structural reason why most designs stay at 8' apart from that is a typical storey height.

If your city has a limit on the plan area of the shed they may have one on the height of the building too. Where I am they limit the height to eaves to just over 8' and the height to the ridge to 12' as a 'permitted development'. If you want to go higher you need to apply for a permit. So I would just double check that one for your city's rules.

I have a project report in from a reader who built a two-storey shed for his daughter. You can read more about it here; two storey shed for daughter. The shed proved to be quite robust and has survived passing through the eye of 3 hurricanes!

The other thing to watch out for is the appearance. This is more of a visual thing, but the building may look a little 'tall'. However, if you are just concerned with maximising the storage space then this shouldn't be too much of a concern.

Keep in touch and let us know how you get on with your shed build.

Kind regards


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One Option
by: Gary

You could go with 8' walls with a 12 pitch gable roof. This would put you at about 14' with 2x6 floors and about 6" standing at the bottom of your rafter.

A 12 on 12 would give you plenty of room to add a loft on each side of the gable for extra storage. Good luck on your project.

Maximizing space
by: John

hi, if you're looking to maximize your shed for the space that you have I'd recommend going with the Gambrel design or barn design.staying with the 10 x 10 -7 foot sidewall it will give you a 11 foot peak height. You can put a wraparound loft and utilize the upper space. a wraparound loft consists of 4 foot back loft and to 2'x6'lofts on each side.

Stuck between a rock and a permit
by: Scott


Thanks for your response. I have called the city three times and been down to visit twice about roof area vs. actual sqft vs. height. However, I never specifically asked about eve height (max height is 15'). I have been going over the "look" of this shed and I am kind of concerned with the height and it looking too boxy being 10'x10'. The main reason for this is storage. Also my experience with the city has been less then stellar so I am going with a smaller unit that doesn't need a permit. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks


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