Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Another project...are we crazy?!?

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Shed Construction
Well, the answer, of course, is YES, of course we're crazy! Ever since we moved in a 3 or so years ago, we've lamented our lack of outdoor storage. This means tools, soil and mulch are strewn haphazardly around the house...and the wheelbarrow is stranded in our driveway...the perpetual eyesore. We've been considering putting up some sort of shed for the past few years, but realized quickly we'd have to custom-build it ourselves. The space it has to fit on is so small that we couldn't find anything that would fit (and hold more than a few tools).

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House before we moved in.
Here you can see the house just prior to us moving in...and there was a small garage at the end of the driveway. We had it torn down, however, because it was actually too small for our car (and probably any car larger than a VW Beetle). Also, for a garage that was too small for a car, it was way too big for our lot...taking up almost the entirety of the teeny, tiny backyard. It was also completely unstable...actually leaning against the neighbors shed. So, the garage came down...and we were thrilled at how much more space we had in the backyard (going from postage stamp to postcard! Yet...we soon realized we needed some sort of outdoor storage...

Shed Plan
Shed Plan
...Enter the shed! Norm (my partner) actually has been in charge of this particular project (I'm no builder). I've been kinda just letting him figure it out...only offering my advice on material (corrugated metal) and size (short enough to not block sun to the south planting bed). Of course, when he mentioned that maybe we could do a green roof, I was INSTANTLY on board. NOW the fun planning begins!

Anyway, we've just started the framing and should be starting on the roof in the next few weeks...in a perfect world, we could have it done by Thanksgiving. I'll be happy (surprised) if we have it done by the 4th of July ;-)


  1. I *love* the design. I can't wait to see the finished product!

  2. Looks like Norm knows what he's doing. Now that I see your garden fence, I like that too. Was it custom made, or did you buy it as is?

  3. I assume you mean Thanksgiving 2012. :) Thanks for not mentioning my false start a few weekends ago when I had us randomly assemble lumber leading to a total disaster.

    Sketching the shed on Google Sketchup is much easier than building the thing. I hope the forecast for this weekend is as wrong as last weekend's forecast. [Fingers-crossed.]

  4. Hi Scott,

    Good luck with the build... Yours certainly looks like it's going to be interesting and much nicer than many!

    Sheds are good for storage (obviously) but they are often such an eyesore and annoyance that I actually want to get rid of mine. Reality is I only keep the mower in there and a few tools such as rake, spade and such that it's such a massive waste of space - I only really need one of those smaller storage type sheds rather than a 6x4.
    One day I WILL get rid of mine, honest! :D

  5. Wow! That looks awesome. Great job guys. Looking forward to seeing it become a reality.

  6. Looks like a great start! Amazing how much ends up being a part of home ownership, yes? Our roof just started randomly falling off yesterday, just before today's snow. Ugh.

    I am excited to see the roof! And I agree with James: I like your fence. Looks like your materials will tie it all together.

  7. Funny how those projects have a way of stretching on.... I bet you'll like it, and you certainly have great plans!

  8. I love the use of the metal for siding! And a green roof, that is awesome. Looks like a great design and you guys appear to be well on your way :) Best wishing on the project! Cheers, Jenni

  9. Great design. I like the corrugated metal. The green roof should be fun to design.

  10. Oh how very exciting! I'm praying for a dry-ish weekend so much progress can be made.

  11. Hoping your project progresses quickly!!

  12. Nice design, and I was excited to hear about the green roof. Looking forward to your post of the finished product! (By the way, as the "hold this" person around my house, there's nothing wrong with being the helper.) :)

  13. Very nice design, and I love the idea of a green roof. My husband built a shed for me, and while he took over a year to finish it, it was totally worth the wait.

  14. Can't wait to see the finished product, especially if the green roof works out!

  15. You must be feeling better Scott :) Good luck with your project.

  16. What a fantastic project - love the look of corrugated metal and a green roof would be so much fun - more space to garden!

  17. Heather: Thanks…although I can't take too much credit for it :-)

    James Golden: Thanks! The fence is actually pre-fab panels we bought at one of the big box stores…I think Lowes.

    Norm!: hahahahahah…most likely.

    gwirrel: Hahahahaha…thanks! You're so right…and that's something we wanted to avoid…since we have such a small amount of space, and there's no way we could just hide it out back, we decided to make it look as decent as we could.

    Abbey: Thanks…me too!

    Wife, Mother, Gardener: You are so right, I swear, there is always something to do…makes me wonder how we spent our time before!

    PlantPostings: Don't they, though…it will be so nice to finally put things away!

    Jenni@RainyDayGardener: Me too…there is something so great about corrugated metal!

    Bluestem: Me too…I'm super excited about the green roof…hopefully it won't go under the "epic fail" category!

    Danger Garden: Me too…and, as luck would have it, so far we've been pretty lucky with the weather…did you see there's a chance of snow this weekend…crazy!

    Sue: You and me both ;-)

    nittygrittydirtman: hahahahahaha…glad to know I'm not alone in the "holding" category ;-)

    Pam/Digging: omg…I wouldn't really be surprised if ours took just as long…and yes, the promise of the green roof is what keeps me going!

    sweetly: Me too…I'm super excited!

    Anna: Totally feeling better…I can breathe through my nose and everything ;-)

    Cyndy: Thanks…me too…can't wait to get it to the point where we can plant the roof!!!

  18. I hope you saved those vintage-esque garage doors! Good luck with the project. Looks great so far.

  19. Great project and work done so far. Can't wait to see the finished project.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  20. Great to catch up on your activities and to meet Norm. Hi Norm. Shed project looks great and the height will be worth it when you can fit in tall things with ease. The garden looks gorgeous as always, all those fall colours. Good luckk with winter weather for constructing it all.

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