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#1 posted 08-06-2018 04:44 AM

I wish I could. Would you believe that my home owners association won’t permit even a really nice shed that matches my house?
- MikeDVB

HOA Nazi are easy to get around, if you don’t mind spending some extra time and money. :)

Put up a 6 foot high fence, and then build a shed that is 5 foot 11 inches tall They can not get upset about something they can not see in back yard. :)

Additionally, most city and/or HOA rules are also different for temporary/portable structures below certain sq ft. For this need to get creative:
- One house I owned protected by Nazi, bypassed the rules with an old used 6×12 trailer parked in back yard next to house with wheels removed. Paint to match house, and it was easy to miss once some skirting was added to hide the open space near ground. Looked liked part of house if you looked from distance over the fence, and temporary use was only 10 years!
- While I despise spending money on plastic junk, Rubber Maid sells some useful ‘temporary’ shed space that fits under fences, and helps get around HOA rules. BORG has large selection. Hate to admit it, but I use this one to bypass my current no shed rules on a rental property. When I needed a shed, didn’t have time to build one and the funky plastic box worked. It’s been baking Arizona sun for 5+ years, used in two homes, and still works like new, despite some fading.
If nothing else, look at designs and build your own creative ‘hidden’ storage box.

Best Luck.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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