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Forum topic by Tom posted 05-16-2016 07:40 PM 651 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-16-2016 07:40 PM

I’ve recently re-done my yard and added cement on the side of the house. There’s a spot I’m thinking of putting a small 3 wall shed with no floor to store the BBQ in; it’s more of a shelter than shed. When I say small I mean 4’ high, 5’ wide and maybe 30” deep. Is there anything I should worry about doing wrong? I’m going to use some old 4×4 fence posts as the bottom plates, 2×4 walls/roof joists, siding for the back/sides, and shingles for the roof. I do plan to put plywood and tar paper under the shingles and flashing on the sides. The weather would hit the side of the shed most of the time with the front never really getting hit so no reason for doors.

I figure it’s good practice since farther down the side of the house I’ve got room for a shed that could be 6’x x 8’h x 30” deep. That one I’d probably put a floor in and would use the same leftover 4×4 fence posts as the framing that’s on the ground.

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#1 posted 05-16-2016 08:32 PM

I have a plan to do almost the same thing outside my shop, and put my compressor there. If you mean there is a concrete pad, then I agree that no extra floor is warranted. I wouldn’t just let the ground, or grass be the “floor” however.

I think for my use, I will have a partial cover on the outer side, that extends down from the roofline, but not all the way to the ground/floor. That will leave plenty of opening at the bottom that allows air flow but does block most or all of the wind-blown rain.

I am a while off from getting this done. I hope you can post some pics as you go so I can learn form your project.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#2 posted 05-16-2016 08:56 PM

My main goal is to free up space in the garage. The spot taken up by the BBQ would be good for the tool chest and a spot for my scrap lumber.

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#3 posted 05-16-2016 10:46 PM

I would make two suggestions:

1. Make it bigger
2. Make it bigger

Do you have chairs, patio cushions, a garbage can or ANYTHING else you would like out of the way? MAKE IT BIGGER.

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#4 posted 05-16-2016 10:49 PM

There’s no room to make it bigger…the AC unit/kitchen window are there and the corner of the house. Farther down I can make a much larger one but that’s a separate project. That would store the fire pit, chairs, and other yard stuff.

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#5 posted 05-16-2016 10:58 PM

My suggestion… keep the tool chest locked in the garage, nice and safe.

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