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I am sure many of you have seen the news article on the homeowner in Raleigh that purchased a home and when he went to sell it he found out it was over his 30% impervious surface limit. This poor guy purchased the house like this and nobody caught that it was over the limit until he was ready to sell and as a result he had to spend thousands to tear out walkways and a patio.

First of all; what are impervious surface limits? Impervious surface limits are the limits on what you are allowed to develop on your property to help preserve water quality and reduce water runoff. In most of Wake County and the surrounding areas the most you can develop of your property is 30%. Some areas have a much lower allowable percentage of what can be developed. Some customers in the Swift Creek Watershed area have an allowable impervious limit of only 9-12% and the same is true of Barton Creek and Little River watershed areas. These limits should be labeled on the property survey you most likely purchased when you purchased your home. If not you can always call the county and see what your limits are.

Many people think that because most sheds are built on skids and concrete leveling blocks and not completely on the ground and water can run under them that they do not affect impervious limits. Unfortunately any covered roof section such as a shed or carport does affect impervious surface. When we pull a permit in Wake County we are required to do an impervious surface calculation based on what is on the property and what is being added to the property. Sometimes our customers are shocked to find out that their limits are so low and they can’t get the size they want. We have even had a few customers purchase a brand new home with the intention of installing a shed or a patio and then they find out they are already at their limit.

We are here to help you through the permit process and will help with the impervious calculations. Please feel free to contact us with any questions over this issue that has become such a hot topic in our area lately.


I have noticed as I drive around the Triangle an influx of Amish built sheds sitting along side the road.  When most people think of an Amish built shed they think of an Amish carpenter hand crafting this shed and then it being delivered to your yard. I also thought this is how Amish built sheds were created.

About 3 years ago I had the opportunity to go to a shed manufacturers product show in Lancaster, PA. Lancaster is the heart of the Amish country. After meeting with a vendor we purchase from he arranged for us to tour an Amish shed company. It was not at all what I expected. This was a fully automated factory that the Amish carpenters were working in. Granted they were not hooked up into the electrical grid but they were using propane to power all of their tools and lights. This particular Amish shed factory is Amish owned and operated and they produce about 500 sheds per week to be trucked to various parts of the country. The sheds were built on an assembly line and there was a moving floor that moved portions of the shed from one station to the next. At one station an Amish carpenter was responsible for building the floor at the next station the walls were installed and so on.

This was also not the only Amish shed factory. In one industrial park in this area there were 10 different Amish shed factories all fully automated not the hand craftsmanship that I would have expected from an Amish built shed. I have seen a local company that carries Amish sheds promote that the sheds are hand crafted Amish storage buildings never built in a factory. I bet this shed distributor has never visited the factory where the sheds are assembled on an assembly line.

If you are looking for a true hand crafted building and something not put together in a factory give us a call today. All of our sheds are built on your site and are truly hand crafted and stick built.

Happy 10th Year Anniversary to Raleigh Shed Company Carolina Yard Barns

I get asked on a regular basis what sets us apart from some other shed companies and I always answer with the construction features that set us apart from other storage building companies. Just the other day I realized Carolina Yard Barns is celebrating its 10th year in business this year and I realized that there have been many shed companies that have come and gone since we began 10 years ago.

We regularly get calls from people who have a shed that they purchased from a start up company and the shed has some sort of problem. Most of the calls we receive about shed problems are something that should have been covered by a warranty but unfortunately the company they purchased the shed from is no longer in business.

This year when I am asked what sets us apart I am going to let people know that LONGEVITY is what sets us apart. I know there are some shed companies that claim to have been in business for a long time but in all actuality they have not been in business that long. Usually the owner has been building sheds for another company and then branches out on their own and promotes his company by saying his company has been in business for many years but they are counting the time they built sheds for other shed companies when their company has probably only been in business for a few months.

They know how to build a shed so why not start a shed company? The problem comes in when they realize that now they are responsible for sales, marketing, accounting, construction, warranty work, etc. They try to do too much at once and can’t manage it all and the company fails. Now this failure becomes a problem for their customers. The problem comes in when a  warranty issue arises and that start up shed company is no longer there for their customers. Often times these start up companies are cheaper but they come with the risk of them not being there when you really need them. Buyer beware!