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Project by RussInMichigan posted 12-16-2011 05:04 AM 3741 views 16 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.





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dustprocrastinator

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#1 posted 12-16-2011 05:33 AM

Awesome job

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#2 posted 12-16-2011 05:35 AM

Nice job! If you could have got that guy who was just leaning up against the fence to help it would have went quicker. LOL ( Pic. 3 )

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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#3 posted 12-16-2011 05:38 AM

Looks Great !!! Nice big double doors too!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#4 posted 12-16-2011 07:22 AM

Very nice! great job. what’s the size? thanks! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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#5 posted 12-16-2011 02:01 PM

Ditto’s to all the above great comments!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#6 posted 12-16-2011 02:24 PM

Cozy indeed … Look awesome.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#7 posted 12-16-2011 02:25 PM

WOW now that is a garden shed. Outstanding design..it’s nicer than my house! It even has electricity! Grand build!~

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#8 posted 12-16-2011 02:50 PM

Well, if it doesn’t work out with the mother in law, you will only need to make a bed to go with the shed!! Seriously, your shed is beautiful.

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#9 posted 12-16-2011 06:55 PM

Fabulous shed with mucho character!

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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RussInMichigan

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#10 posted 12-16-2011 07:33 PM

Thanks for the kind feedback all you Lumberjocks.

rmoore, I like your LOL. “that guy who was just leaning up against the fence” is Ralph, probably the hardest working person I’ve ever met in my life. He’s nearly eighty years old and every day, come sun, rain, wind, sleet, hail or snow he was right there on the job, hauling, climbing, digging, and shoveling. He moved nearly the all the materials for this building from the delivery drop point to the site by himself. He’s an amazing man who never stops working. He’s an inspiration.

B13, the size is 12’ by 12’ with a 6’ by 12’ porch. There are one foot overhangs to accommodate hanging plants, wind chimes and the like. On the floor level it is just over 8’ to the joists for the storage loft. The roof slopes are 6/12 for the porch, 12/12 for the front and 11/12 for the back.

Thanks again everyone.

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#11 posted 12-16-2011 09:19 PM

What a fabulous place to store items that will remain unused!!!!!!! Congrats on a nice project.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#12 posted 12-16-2011 09:52 PM

This is a beautiful little shed. It’s very attractive and quaint. Congratulations.

helluvawreck

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#13 posted 12-16-2011 10:51 PM

Outstanding! I like the little porch for relaxing and pondering what to do next.

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#14 posted 12-17-2011 12:59 AM

Gettin’ wicked shed envy. Beautifully conceived and executed.

-- Dave E. "People who are competent are worth the oil it will take to fry them in hell." --Mencken

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#15 posted 12-17-2011 02:58 AM

nice looking shed, put a cot out there, and i could call it home…nice job

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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