Shed with "Fred"

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Project by Napaman posted 07-02-2009 04:16 PM 2747 views 3 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well…this is the next and most important project in our two year back yard makeover…if you are familiar with my projects you will see that many are projects for my back yard…fences, gates, deck, adirondack chairs, picnic table..

This project is the most important because there is no way I could have done this on my own…if you take a closer look at those projects listed above you will see that I am still in the beginner category…when we started our back yard makeover we knew nothing would be perfect but that we would learn a lot and we could re-do anything we wanted…so far I think we are doing pretty well…we have come a long way this spring with a new sprinkler system and lawn…first time in two years that we can run around and play on a lawn—-and it’s fantastic!

But there was a corner in the back that was reserved for the shed…I had aspirations of doing it on my own and had even bought a couple of shed books…skimmed through them and convinced myself i could do this…we also contemplated buying a kit many times to save money and an easier build…but we wanted this to look really nice and be sturdy…then when “Fred” and his wife “Trudy” (I will explain) came to visit they offered to come back and help us build a shed…

“Fred” is a person I have known for over 10 years…and I think is a great person…he builds custom homes—-beautiful custom homes…so I knew that building with him would be a great experience and we would have a great shed in the end that actually looked good—-and was safe…

As we were building I started to take pictures and then he got worried that I was going to post our project for all the world to see…although this was going well…he got a little nervous…so I told “Fred” that I would keep him anonymous…since you know he has quite a reputation (not that he has anything to worry about—-this is the only project in the back yard that is truly straight and square!!!)

On the first day we did the floor…since we only had a half day…day two was the big day…we completed the floor…did all the walls, siding and rafters for the roof…it was a long day…

Day three we almost finished with the roof and shingles…and the last day we hung the door and put up the trim.

The shed is 10×12…the walls are 7ft high…and i think the roof peeks at 11ft??? I learned a lot…especially that I could not have done this on my own…”Fred” was extremely patient with me…and my lack of knowledge—-strength—-and guts (kind of embarrassing but I cant get on the roof…I helped him re-roof his shop ten years ago and i still have nightmares…my two big toes turned black because i would only walk in one direction on the roof—-with my body ffacing down—-thus by the end of the day my toe nails were black from all the pressure on them all day…)...

In the end we have a nice shed…and it really finishes off the yard…we are down to two smaller sections…but at this point the yard is very live-a-ble…and the best part—-my one car garage—-is no longer full of junk—-and my shop is going to have tons of room when I am done…I emptied out my garage this week of all the stuff we are taking out…and wow…it will be sooo nice…

So—-i cant take too much credit for this one…but I learned a lot…and after losing my dad this past January its so nice to be able to still have someone in my life I can call Dad…THANKS DAD!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 07-02-2009 04:30 PM

nice tribute to a good “dad” and friend .
we could all use fred in our lives !
thanks for sharing this with us ,
i’m sure we will all start doing some
” yard work ” .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 07-02-2009 04:40 PM

The world needs more Fred’s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 07-02-2009 04:43 PM

Very nice Matt,
You’re really going to enjoy the extra garage/shop space.
I have two small storage sheds, & I’m still crowded.
But I’ve been on this earth a little longer, so I’ve had more time to accumulate.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 07-02-2009 04:46 PM

You both did well Matt! The longest journey starts with the first step!
Now you can build on that fact!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#5 posted 07-02-2009 05:03 PM

aw what a wonderful story.

wonderful shed.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 07-02-2009 05:10 PM


I think your Dad was watching all of this, with great pleasure!! Some day you will certainly be the “Fred” to a young protege- even if you can’t get on the roof! And don’t feel too bad about that- lots of us are “altitude challenged”.

Absolutely Great Shed!!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 07-02-2009 05:18 PM

Great job, Matt. The back yard has really come a long way.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 07-02-2009 06:43 PM

Nice job ! be proud . FYI ,,, Most local codes wouldnt let you get away with that door header on a home build . I’m not chastising your work , just sharing from my construction experience .


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#9 posted 07-02-2009 07:16 PM

Great looking shed, I need one too the garage is full.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 07-02-2009 07:34 PM

Great looking job. And give Fred lots of our congratulations also.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#11 posted 07-02-2009 10:04 PM

nice garden bed, too! Eventually you’ll wish you had made the shed twice the size…

The memories will last forever…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#12 posted 07-03-2009 03:08 AM

Nice Shed.

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#13 posted 07-03-2009 03:12 AM

Well done Matt. Your shed looks great and so does the yard. Enjoy man. Sorry to hear about your Dad.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#14 posted 07-03-2009 06:15 AM

Hi Matt,

This shed is fantastic and great story to go along with it.

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#15 posted 07-03-2009 09:29 AM

Very nice Matt. When I saw the first photo, I though there was a dormer on top, but it was the neighbors second story showing over the shed. I thought you really got fancy. Did you need a permit in Napa for the shed?

-- Todd @ winecountrywhimsy Sonoma County, CA

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