|Project by joeBlowFromWindyCity||posted 01-06-2011 03:01 PM||3207 views||7 times favorited||18 comments|
We ran out of space in the yard and as any keen observer will see from the pictures, I started when it was warm and sunny and finished when it was snowing ;)
The Shed is built on a 12’x16’ platform on piers. My yard is not even close to level and this seemed more reasonable than bringing in a dozer for a shed. We stick built the whole thing from about the 9th rendition of our Google sketchup design.
The main door on the front looks like 2 doors but it’s actually a trap/ramp door hinged at the bottom. Because the shed sits so high off the ground, I needed a ramp to be able to put equipment in. I didn’t want something else to have to weed whack around so I built the ramp into the door so it’s all concealed. It has a 5/12 pitch, which doesn’t leave much room for “attic storage” but I added plywood to the collar ties (ceiling joists) to give me a place to put the roof racks for the car, stove pipe and a boatload of lumber ;)
There are only temporary stairs leading into the small door (4×8x16 blocks stacked up to make temp stairs) but that will have to do until the ground thaws. Also, I got a fantastic deal on some marine paint that I’ll put on the floor in the spring.
I probably could have saved more money on this project, but if you read below, it was a PITA because of all the $$ saving shortcuts I tried.
Asphalt shingle roof
steel person door
5’ wide ramp/trap door (hinged at the bottom)
Larger overhang on the “woods” side to store extra junk
1) 3/4 tongue and groove plywood for the floor is awesome, but 3/4 tongue and groove OSB swells if it gets even a little wet and the junk never dries out. I should not have tried to save a few $$
2) Aluminum fascia almost made me tear the rest of my hair out. I should not have tried to save a few $$ and just bought the vinyl board I wanted.
3) I swear I’ve learned this before, but shingling without a pneumatic gun is just plain stupid. I should not have tried to save a few $$ and just bought the damn gun.
Thanks to my Father and my buddy Tom for the help. Without that help I’d probably still be outside.