The shed of my dreams #3: Let the planning begin!

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Blog entry by Sandra posted 01-05-2013 12:25 PM 2673 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Shedless for another year... Part 3 of The shed of my dreams series Part 4: Uncle John »

We spent a wonderful Christmas season with family this year, staying home and letting them all come to us.
On New Year’s Eve, when asked what his goals were for 2013, my favourite uncle said, “To stay healthy, then everything else is a possibility.” Wow. Truer words were never spoken.

Now that they’ve all gone home, I’ll spend the next few days getting the house back in order, putting away decorations and reminding the kids that Toblerone does not count as breakfast. Hopefully I’ll also get a chance to re-acquaint myself with my workshop.

Whenever I look into the backyard, I see the scene posted above. To the right of the play structure is where my shed will be. I’ve dusted off the plans, which have morphed over the past two years, and they sit on the top of my nightstand reading pile.

While I have a few projects I’d like to make this winter, my main goal is to get ready for the build. I’ll squirrel away a bit of money, start pricing supplies and as my uncle said, stay healthy.

I don’t want to skydive and have no interest in bungee jumping of calf roping. I do want to build a shed, so this is the year.

Let the planning begin. Happy New Year, friends.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#1 posted 01-05-2013 12:57 PM

Looks like a great start to the new year Sandra.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#2 posted 01-05-2013 01:28 PM

How my uncle and I rang in the New Year!

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#3 posted 01-05-2013 02:35 PM

THAT’S how you rang in the new year?
That is most CERTAINLY something I will NEVER in my life have the desire to say, “Been there, done that” ... :-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#4 posted 01-05-2013 04:09 PM

My body shakes just looking at that water.

Looking forward to posts on the new shed.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 01-05-2013 04:17 PM

Hey, she’s a mounty! And lives in Canada? This is her kind of fun.


Some of my hindsite??? Yes that’s me walking backwards. LOL! I live in MN. Not as cold as Canada, and I am more the carpenter in my general skills than a fine furniture guy( which I wanna be). And I have a few Homes and my shop, as well as outlying buildings that I have made mistakes in building. They often are under estimated at the start.

Sooooo… some suggestions Ms. Polar Bear which can prevent future issues?

What is the buildings’ function, and purpose?
If you have space and no money? Buy materials on sale. May not be possible, and you have to walk around it, or protect it ‘til used.
If at all possible put a stable concrete pad, like your garage’s under it. ( With anchores for your walls.)
A shed sitting on the ground will eventualy rot due to water which always wins!
Asthetics? and if you live in urban area talk to the building department for their codes/rules.
Use 2×6 or larger framing. Insulate, insulate, and insulate. Helps with sound and heat. I have my dust collector in my garden shed, next to my barn/shop ( converted small animal barn ) I can work on my garden/snow equipment with a space heater in winter, and noise is low for nieghbor fifty feet away???
One of my sheds has a shed roof the other has a hip roof. Both are accessible and easy to walk on, and rated for snow load.

I also did an add on shed to the barn/shop for machining, and storage.

Yes it did get out of hand. And I would do it different if I had it to do over again.

Good luck ,have fun. Happy New Year!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 01-05-2013 04:53 PM

They have an annual Polar Bear Plunge at Flathead Lake every year, but so far I have managed to avoid it as
too far to drive after New Years Eve, but maybe next year. Looks like a good location for a shop. Build it as
big as you can (within reason), You can never have enough room after you start moving tools and material
in. As Doc stated, make sure you have a good concrete pad, maybe with radiant floor heat, or a floor like
Shipwright’s with the dust collection underneath. Let your imagination run wild, and then look all the plans
over with a good dose of reality. Check out the best way to run your gas/electric service to the shop before
starting, and decide what you will need, and try to give your self a little extra. Main thing is stay healthy, and
have fun.

-- As ever, Gus-the 82 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 01-05-2013 10:37 PM

whew that made me cold!!!hope the new shed comes along good for you,keep us posted.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#8 posted 01-05-2013 10:42 PM

Thanks for the suggestion gents. The shed will be for storage, and not for a shop. The primary occupants of the shed will be my hubby’s snowmobile, the snowblower in the summer, mower in the winter, bicycles, rink boards, lawn furniture, essentially the seasonal stuff.

Doc – I’ve started looking for supplies on sale, I do have some room in the garage if I find some good deals.

I’ve planned it out for 12×16, with one end being a ‘drive-thru’ for the snowmobile. Essentially, there will be two double doors opposite each other at the end of the shed, so hubby can drive his sled in and park it, and drive it out. Unfortunately that eats up the floor space at one end, but I’m in the process of planning the rest of the floor space for the contents I’ll want in there.

The plans I have look something like this (minus the vinyl siding and other fluff):

As for a shop other than my garage, I’ve got a few ideas in mind, but the shed comes first. We have a L-shaped driveway in front of our house – the short end of the L is just perfect for a shop someday.

One step at a time.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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