|Project by RussInMichigan||posted 12-16-2011 05:04 AM||11883 views||17 times favorited||24 comments|
My wonderful mother-in-law, DeAnna, and her wonderful husband, Ralph, wanted to have a shed built so the things they never used, but for which they were paying a monthly fee to store them, could now remain unused, but closer to home.
The rough design specs were that it had to have space for their new three wheel tandem recumbent bicycle, which is more than 10 feet long; room for their zero-turn mower which has a deck nearly 6 feet wide; a full width porch which can accommodate a six foot wide porch swing; and, it had to be somewhat cutesy. I made some rough sketches for them and they really liked the saltbox roof line. I embellished the basic design with gables, eaves, storage loft, windows, nice big doors, access ramp, shelves, outlets, lights, a dormer with round window, and a functional cupola, and we were good to go.
So, on November 15, 2011 Ralph and I commenced with the build, but before long my wife, Melanie, and son, Kyle, joined our merry band. Melanie and Kyle framed the walls, built the cupola, did the soffits and helped with the roof and whatever else needed doing when they could be around. Ralph’s nephew, Johnny, lent a hand when he could, hauling materials with his pickup and helping get the cupola to the roof. DeAnna helped keep things moving forward by running errands and keeping up the coffee supply. Jake, the ninety-something next door was a constant source of moral support, frequently yelling out his approval.
We finished the structure today, December 15, 2011, one calendar month after we began, but priming, painting, and bling will have to wait until the paint won’t freeze, sometime around April.
The only real roadblock we faced was the weather. It was 10 degrees(F) below freezing the day we got started. We had at least two days when we got more than an inch of rain. One day we had 6 inches of snow. Every day we worked on the roof, we had to wait until late morning for the ice or snow to clear.
The photos are:
1. The completed structure.
2. A lap joint for the frame holding the limestone base.
3. Laying the limestone base.
4. The dormer.
5. The cupola.
6. Storage shelving.
Thanks for looking in.