Building a Kayak Shed
Posted by: luv2kayak2004 on Aug-07-10 9:53 PM (EST) Category: unassigned
Hi, all! Our little community includes several of us with kayaks that we have to haul down to the lake and back. We would love to come up for a design that would house several kayaks that could stay locked up when not in use.
Naturally we don't each want to chip in several thousand dollars to build a first-rate boat storage facility... and I'm wondering if there are folks here who are using something that is relatively simple, solid and affordable. Perhaps even something that can be expanded, depending on the number of people wanting to join us in the joys of kayak ownership. :-)
Not sure if we need walls or not, but a roof would definitely be good, for shade especially. And a system whereby kayaks could be stacked in rows with a way to secure them.
Advice, photos, links would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance! :-)
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Posted by: old_user on Aug-08-10 1:59 AM (EST)
First you need to check with your local building department and see if there are any code requirements that have to be met. No point in spending money on a project like this only to have to tear it back down when you've broken a required code.
Posted by: captainsmollett on Aug-08-10 7:30 AM (EST)
most communities allow non-permanent structures such as garden sheds to be built. If you are able to build a permanent structure, and you all are fairly skilled builders, it can be done pretty reasonably.
something to look at here|
Posted by: captainsmollett on Aug-08-10 7:32 AM (EST)
I have seen these buildings before. Might fill the bill for you too.
most but not all|
Posted by: old_user on Aug-09-10 3:14 AM (EST)
In my town a portable shed isn't allowed, has to have a concrete foundation just like a conventional garage. Most definately adds to the complexity and the price.
Two shed kits?|
Posted by: old_user on Aug-08-10 7:57 AM (EST)
Most home improvement stores offer shed kits with plans and all the materials you need to build them. These are typically squarish in dimension--maybe 8 x 10 or 10 x 14, etc. It would be easy to adapt these plans to build two together, creating an 8 or 10 or 12 by twenty shed with barn doors on both ends. Then just build some cradles along the walls to hold 3-4 boats on each side. You could hang one from the rafters in the middle if you needed to. The advantage of this would be you could also store other gear in there and lock it up.
Posted by: Wayne_Smith on Aug-08-10 7:59 AM (EST)
We bought a prefab 10X20 foot shed with double doors and small ventilation windows 5 years ago, and it was $3K delivered. I had to put in a bed of 1/2 inch stone to set it on, so technically, it's temporary (No foundation). Very pleased with it.
Posted by: old_user on Aug-08-10 8:56 AM (EST)
Twice, shipping containers came to our rescue.
How 'bout this?|
Posted by: ewschill on Aug-08-10 9:14 AM (EST)
Here's a shot of a "kayak shed" that I built. Offers good overhead protection and could always add a tarp on the side.....
Re: How 'bout this?|
Posted by: luv2kayak2004 on Aug-08-10 11:39 AM (EST)
Wow! Thanks to everyone all the wonderful input!! I really like how this structure looks, ewschill... very attractive!
shipping containers made attractive?|
Posted by: gingernc on Aug-08-10 10:43 AM (EST)
Hey Dryer. How do you make shipping containers attractive? I'm serious -- I'd like to know. Where do you get them? These are those corrugated metal boxes that look kind of like truck trailers?
Yeah, it can be done....|
Posted by: old_user on Aug-08-10 2:15 PM (EST)
Yes, the corrugated trailer things....really strong and weatherproof. Here in Dallas they are available several places. Do a search for your area.
Check for local shed suppliers|
Posted by: Bnystrom on Aug-08-10 12:41 PM (EST)
It seems that most areas have one or more.
Are there any saw mills near you ?|
Posted by: JackL on Aug-08-10 8:04 PM (EST)
all good info!|
Posted by: gingernc on Aug-09-10 12:26 PM (EST)
I'm right at the point where I'm going to need a boat shed if I keep acquiring kayaks. I appreciate the info from all, even though I wasn't the original poster! I like the idea of a shipping container with a roof over it to keep it a bit cooler in my hot climate. The boats could be locked up, if necessary. I'm not handy enough to go the sawmill route, though JackL's setup sounds great.