|Topic by Greenthumb||posted 10-21-2008 11:36 AM||28263 views||0 times favorited||37 replies|
10-21-2008 11:36 AM
I’m looking for input, techincal/structural advice and good ol experience on the following project.
I live and work on a small hobby farm (25 acres split 50/50 between forest and field) located on a reasonably busy road just an hour’s drive north of Toronto Ontario, (Zone 5 …...?). The driveway to the house and barn just gets better and better as the maple trees planted on opposite sides get bigger and bigger. A rather picturesque spot.
As most of you know, I am an avid gardener with 5 kids, 3 of which still have their hands out, totally dependent on what lies within my wallet which seems to get thinner and thinner totally unlike my mid section. Sooooo I have to do the best I can with what I have to make ends meet.
We are presently zoned “rural/agricultural” which has a higher tax assesment then if it were to be zoned “Agricultural” and to the best of my knowledge and research to get it changed I need a “GST” license/permit and to get that I need to prove that my net agricultural sales meet or exceed $7.000 gross. There are other tax incentives/write off’s that go with that license. I realize that 7 grand is a whole lot of lettuce, a whole of cabbage and carrots but….....this is my plan.
I made a pretty nice sign thats now done and I’ld like to hang it on or near an outbuilding near the entrance to the driveway. that outbuilding is my question(s) of the day.
Without getting a building permit and I have already done the research as to building regulations, location etc.
The floor footprint cannot exceed 100 square feet which is more then I need as I was thinking floor foot print of maximum 8’ x 12’, preferably that would be the footprint of the roof perimiter looking up, including overhangs. The inside should measure approx 6’ x 8’............that more then enough. Too big of a building will make it proportionally akward and too small just reads “cheap”.
The driveway sides (grass) is quite sloped so pouring a slab on grade isnt an option I’m going to explore leaving two options
1. A small pole building with 6×6 PT right into the ground….........and go from there
I lean toward option # 2…..............what would you do and why?
The building has to compliment my sign and visa versa so I’m thinking timber framed building with timber trussed roof, some kind of curve on the roof lines.
The building already has power at the lamps, close to it. The purpose of it is
1) a place to hang my shingle (sign for advertising) which is why the building has be exceptional.
I presently sell fresh eggs, free range chicken and duck (to friends and family) and this year I made my garden quite a bit bigger and it was big to begin with. This year was a great garden year producing way more then we can eat, freeze and can so I give a ton away to friends, family and clientelle….......this the idea of a roadside stand.
The farmers market in the nearby city of Barrie is growing like a weed, packed with patrons and next year we plan on setting up a booth to sell there too.
Currently we have: Poultry products, smoked salmon, whitefish and trout that is heavenly, the best bar none. Asparagus, rasberries, blueberries, beets, peas, beans, spinach,............the list is huge and growing.
If I dont get posts, or sono tube into the ground within two weeks….............it’s cancelled till the spring fall.
What advice can you offer?
-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )
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