The Storage Shed is constructed in a corner of the Site and is used for storing construction material and also serves as a house for the Watchman, for the period of construction. Its size is usually limited, since it cannot occupy much space in the site. If your building is going to occupy most of the site, then you will not be able to construct the shed in any corner. Then the only option is to construct a small shed on the drain in front of the site. However, if an adjacent site is empty and you are able to get permission from the owner to place a shed there, then you will have ample, unhindered space in your site to work on.
Listed here under the following headings, are some of the Vastu Guidelines for a storage or watchman’s shed. Since Vastu is a science, every guideline is based on logic and reasoning. As an Architect, I have attempted to explain each of these guidelines rationally and scientifically under the following headings, so that you have a choice and can decide what you want to follow or don’t instead of looking at Vastu Shastra as a superstition:
WHY IS THE CONSTRUCTION OF A STORAGE/WATCHMAN’S SHED RECOMMENDED BEFORE CONSTRUCTION?
Storage Shed: Before the start of the Construction, after the digging of the Well/Borewell, the second thing to be constructed is a Storage shed for storing all the material like cement, wood etc. The construction of this shed in accordance with Vastu, prevents thefts and helps in the smooth flow of the construction work. The Reasoning – A place to store the cement bags and other building material safely and away from moisture is essential, as you can’t keep buying these things in small quantities.
Watchman should be retained to keep guard: The Reasoning – Having a watchman to take care of the material stored in the shed gives you a feeling of security and prevents thefts. Moreover, the watchman can help in taking care of other aspects of construction like curing (pouring water on RCC components) etc.
WHAT ARE THE VASTU GUIDELINES FOR THE STORAGE SHED?
Avoid a Storage Shed in the North-East corner: The Storage shed can be located in any part of the site except in the North or East. The Reasoning – Since the North-East side of the site is to be kept open and is the recommended corner for the Water well/Borewell, the shed should not be placed there, as it will block the sunlight and movement around.
The Storage Shed should preferably be in the South-West corner: The Reasoning– The infra-red heat rays of the Sun, which are projected to the South-West will keep the material stored in the shed free from moisture. Moreover the South-West corner is the least used of all the four corners and hence the most suitable for a Storage shed.
The storage shed walls should not touch the building construction or walls: The Reason: There should be ample space around the construction for easy movement, construction and handling of material. So the shed should not touch the construction.
The floor level of the storage shed shoud not be higher than that of the main construction: The Scientific Reason: The storage shed is used for storing cement bags and other construction material. It is easier to take in material if the floor is almost at ground level.
The Storage Shed should be demolished after completion of construction. The Storage shed should preferably be portable as it can be removed from the site after the construction is completed. : It should not be used for further storage/living. The Reasoning – Since the shed is built within the Site, it should be removed after completion of the building, to allow proper movement around the site, proper flow of air and light into the building as otherwise it will be an obstruction.
This post was about the Construction of a Storage Shed. Read about the third Stage in Construction namely the Construction of the Compound wall:
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