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Project by gizmodyne posted 2658 days ago 10951 views 8 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our house was almost condemned in the 70’s. The owner saved it but tore down the garage. This is a problem for a woodworker. We at first bought a cheap metal shed but it just didn’t vibe with the natural backyard we were going for.

We needed storage, so I decided one night to build a shed. I bought a book and the next day went to Home Despot. After I finished it it functioned as a toolshed til the shop was built. I am slowly emptying it so that it becomes a garden shed for my wife.

Features:
• 8’ x 8’ = sixty four square feet of storage
• Roofline to match our house: 3:1 slope and two foot overhang

• Watertable stripe (wood trim running around midline)
• Casement window from a salvage yard. (I built the frame)
• Redwood shingles (very pricey). I learned to shingle by repairing our house
• Simple door made of tongue and groove cedar

If you are interested in shed building I recommend the Shed book by David Stiles.

Picture 1: Shed from door side.
Picture 2: View from front.
Picture 3. View from driveway with shop in foreground.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne





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Napaman

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#1 posted 2657 days ago

Looks great…is that your house in the foreground of the 3rd picture—-or the workshop…I love the door on it…this summer I would like to build a large shed structure in the back yard to leave more room in our one car garage for a better workshop…looks great…what were your overall costs (if you dont mind?...

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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MsDebbieP

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#2 posted 2657 days ago

great idea to match the house’s roof.

We’ve built two sheds now.. one trying to follow the plans (what a headache!!) and the second by the “we have to start with this…” and did it on our own and much less problems.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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gizmodyne

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#3 posted 2657 days ago

Matt .

That’s the workshop in the foreground. The shed cost around $1000. However, probably half was in shingles. Rewood shingles are around $50 for a pack, which is around twenty 36” shingles. I cut them in half.

You could cut your costs by using something more prefab, but I like the natural wood. Check out my projects page for more info on the garage door.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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Chip

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#4 posted 2657 days ago

Beautiful work giz. What a terrific addition to an already wonderful looking back yard.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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gizmodyne

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#5 posted 2657 days ago

Thanks Chip. We are constantly working on it. It looked like a bomb went off when the garage was built. My wife had a nice garden going but let it go for my shop.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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oscorner

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#6 posted 2657 days ago

Looks great, like it was built when the house was. Where do you find the time, gizmodyne?

-- Jesus is Lord!

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David

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#7 posted 2657 days ago

Nice looking shed! I like the Craftsman styling – great work as always!

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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gizmodyne

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#8 posted 2657 days ago

Oz:

To clarify, I built this about three years ago.

As to time… I am a teacher.. so… 10 weeks summer…. 1 week spring break… 2 weeks winter..

During the school year I am too tired after work … but weekends.

Plus I get a little crazy once I start a project. I will keep working straight on.

Right now I am in a slump.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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gizmodyne

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#9 posted 2657 days ago

Thanks David.

I love anything pre 1930’s style. Well I like 50’s stuff too.

The secret to decent design for me is to copy things from the period. I did however draw this out and measure my houses roof with a framing square.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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PanamaJack

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#10 posted 2656 days ago

Ultra cool shed. Just ordered the book off Amazon. Nice shed/great work.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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Jeff

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#11 posted 2656 days ago

Giz, this a great back yard with a great shed and shop. Thanks for the tip on the book. I just showed this to my sweetie and she confirmed this is the type of home we are looking to buy (putting the condo up for sale soon). I have no problem with sweat equity and kinda hope to make a great find as it appears you did. I’m curious, was there a lot of structural damage you had to address with your home? Even though you’ve done a ton of work it doesn’t seem like it should have almost been condemned. Thanks for posting it.

Are you going to do the G&G challenge? Maybe that would help get you out of your slump. :)

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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gizmodyne

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#12 posted 2656 days ago

There was not a lot of structural damage, but the prior owner had the foundation repoured in part and bolted for earthquake reasons.

The garage was condemned though and the house was under many code violations.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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gizmodyne

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#13 posted 2656 days ago

As to the G&G challenge I am going to see what I can do. I am in the middle of staining and finishing three rooms, building kitchen cabinets, and other general madness. So I am not supposed to start anything new.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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woodspar

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#14 posted 2656 days ago

The time thing – trying to find the time…sounds so familiar…

-- John

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#15 posted 1689 days ago

yowzer. absolutely stunning shed, house, and yard. you guys have good taste!

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