Friday, 29 December 2006

To add to my totally analog Christmas (and the subsequent mostly-analog vacation week that's followed), my friend Cory and I started building a shed in the back yard this morning. We only had a few hours to work today, but we got a lot done. It was 32 degrees out but we hardly noticed. Below are some pics, which I will update periodically as we make progress. Click on each to see a larger view.

A few notes for anyone who is considering taking on a project like this one:

  • Having someone around who actually knows what they're doing is a great thing. My buddy Cory's done a lot of carpentry and construction work, so he's The Boss. Foreman. Teacher. All that stuff. Thank goodness.
  • Seriously, don't even think about picking all the stuff out yourself and trying to haul it home in your truck or car. For this project we went to Home Depot for the materials (due to some reasonable prices and a very attractive zero-payments/interest-for-a-year financing deal). We went to the pro desk, handed over the plans and the parts list, along with $59.00 for site delivery, which was done on a semi truck with a big forklift. This was definitely more than worth the cost. The pro desk helped tweak things, checked the plans and corrected a couple assumptions I'd made, and generally made it a better experience (so far, anyhow - heh).
  • Speaking of plans, is a great place to go and spend a small amount of money for a quality, detailed building plan. I spent $15 with them and it would have been worth it even if I didn't use the plans at all - The building information in there was great and worth the price alone. Of course, we are using their plans for our structure (which is a 12x16-foot gable-roof shed).

Day one: Floor framing

Cory pretty much leveled the site the day before with a shovel, a rake and the 4-wheeler. So today we put together the framed floor. It's in two sections, which were later "wrapped" with a second layer of treated 2x's:

The site is ready to go, and the floor sections are laid out in the general area:

On the piers, it starts to look more substantial - like you got something done. In the last picture Cory and Diogi survey the work we did.

More to come when it gets done. :)

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Saturday, 30 December 2006 18:50:58 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Lookin' Good! =)
Saturday, 29 December 2007 13:38:59 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I prefer to not use a concrete floor for my shed's. It's a lot cheaper and easier to move if needed. Shed plans are definitely worth the money. Home depot charges 3500 to 4000$ for a modest shed. I spent 1200 and built a much better one.
Saturday, 29 December 2007 13:40:43 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Another thing to consider when building your shed is the roof style. I prefer the barn style roof since you can build shelves in along the walls and have plenty of space.
Tuesday, 13 May 2008 14:41:05 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Great post! I think the pictures are great. Another thing to be considered when building a shed are whether you want doors that swing out, or a roll up door similar to a garage. This is great for windy conditions. Thanks for the great information!
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