I live closer into Boston, where lot sizes are smaller (my 1/3 acre is one of the bigger ones in my neighborhood).
We need a shed in the yard, and for lots of reasons, a great location is in my backyard. However, it feels awful close to my house and my neighbor’s house. I was wondering if anyone had any comments on this proposed site, ignoring obvious set-back issues (that is, the shed is too close to the rear line, etc.). I am thinking more around fire spread or other issues, not so much whether I am with the set-back line.
Attached is a picture of a sketch I drew of the proposed location. My house is 25′ from the back line, and my neighbor’s is 20-25′ beyond that. There is a big old maple tree that fills the gap between the two, and a 6′ stockade (in 8′ rungs between posts) that separate the boundary. The proposed shed is an 8X10 or a 6X8, under the tree, and about 7-8′ from my house (3′ off the fence in back)
One concern I have is my neighbor has a chimney on his single story house, that is only about 40′ from the property line (see picture). He burns wood for his main source of winter heat (all fall, winter and spring long). I have been nervous about sparks from his chimney catching the maple and then spreading to my house. Does the shed complicate this, or am I totally worried over nothing, or perhaps the maple is the real issue, and the shed would add little additional risk. One note: I am having the canopy on the maple raised and thinned out, so that might help, but any comments or thoughts are appreciated.