The shed of my dreams #6: Shed exterior is done just in time for snow.

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Blog entry by Sandra posted 11-02-2014 12:32 AM 3200 reads 0 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A ‘shed of my dreams’ doesn’t mean I built a dream shed, just that I’ve dreamt of building a shed for some time.

Last New Year’s Eve, I again resolved to build a shed. My uncle and aunt agreed to come up and help.
I knew the fall would be best, so I randomly picked the second week of October. Over the summer, I picked away at clearing brush etc.

Prior to the crew arriving, I built the floor.

Mistake number 1 – trusting the plans I was following. After the floor frame was built, I realized that for the finished size to be 12×16, the stringers should have been trimmed. So my floor became 12×16 and 1 1/2 inches. Not the end of the world. Level and flat was good.

I also cut all the pieces for the trusses.

My aunt and uncle arrived on a Friday evening and by Saturday at 9 am (we all need coffee) we were building trusses. My husband helped with the trusses, but his main job during the build was to keep the kids fed, on track and out of the way.

Day 2 we framed and put up the walls. I had never done any framing before and really enjoyed it.

Day 3 we put up the trusses. There was a lot of figuring involved, and I had watched enough videos to make my eyes cross. I also had some great advice from my LJ buddies. My uncle had never built with trusses, but had used a ridge board. Once we had the end trusses in place, we fastened a scrap of wood at each peak and ran a string across to make sure the trusses would be lined up.

Day 4 we sheathed the roof and got one side tar papered. There aren’t many pictures because I was too busy holding on for dear life on the roof. The pitch of the roof is quite steep. When I had chosen it, I really hadn’t considered what it would be like to roof it.

There were a lot of trips to town to HD. I had tried to have all the supplies on hand, but I underestimated some things, and hadn’t considered some of the items we ended up using. My budget however was pretty accurate, because I knew to inflate it by 50%.

Day 5 was a loooooong day. We finished the tar paper and shingled the roof. My historical accuracy is now in question, because I thought we shingled over two days. Or maybe it just felt like two days. I’d be happy to never trim another shingle, or schlep them up the ladder ever again.

Day 6 rained as we started to install the panels. The peaks were challenging with the angles, but the walls went rather quickly. That’s where any deviation from square and level became very obvious.
No pictures whatsoever apparently. By the time I had the chance, it was dark.

Day 7 finished the panels, cut out the doors and window, put up the fascia board.

Day 8 my aunt and uncle went home and I somewhat returned to my usual home/work routine, putting in a few hours when I could. With 1 full week of rain, I started to worry about finishing before the snow flew. I had to trim the door openings, put up the soffit, trim on the corners and build two ramps.

I also had to call and nag (I’m qualified at that) about the garage doors so they would be installed on time.

With the forecast calling for snow this weekend, the push was on. I took a day off work and started painting and caulking on Friday. Today (Saturday) I was a maniac. I finished painting the panels. I stained the ramp and the floor frame and finished off the trim around the doors. I’m sure I went up and down the ladder at least 200 times.
At 3 pm I was done. I was covered in caulking and paint and completely ecstatic.

I spent about an hour just standing there, looking at it once the exterior was done.

I still have shelves to build, but I won’t have to race the weather for that.

I thought about building this shed for long time and it’s incredibly satisfying to look out my kitchen window and see it there.

And at 830pm tonight, it started to snow.

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

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#1 posted 11-02-2014 12:36 AM

Very awesome. Always good to accomplish a goal.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-02-2014 12:39 AM

Thanks Monte. It does feel good to plan something out, take all the steps and see it through.

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

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#3 posted 11-02-2014 12:42 AM

Beautiful shed, Sandra. You did great!

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#4 posted 11-02-2014 12:44 AM

Thanks Chris, now get back to those books!

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

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#5 posted 11-02-2014 12:47 AM

We’ll, you sure did it. It looks great back there and what a fine location for a shed. The roof on my house is 9/12 and that sure was fun to build. We were working on it in the snow. We had to get a bunch of snow off of it so that the snow would not damage it. I was up there with a snow blower. I slid about 20’ down the roof and only stopped when my feet hit the gutter board. It was just possible to walk on the roof with plywood and then tarpaper, but walking on the metal was impossible. Had to be roped up to be able to put the screws in. I do have dormer roofs that are only 3/12 that I can get on, but haven’t been on the main roof in 13 years. Again, fine job.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#6 posted 11-02-2014 12:49 AM

and a fine job at that sandra

you can enjoy winter now
and cross another chore off the list

this should free up some room in the shop
for some well deserved tools

nice costume too
looks identical to the one i wear

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 11-02-2014 12:52 AM

Bill – Roofing was bad enough without snow. Scary stuff. Thanks.

David – when you get tired wearing an outfit like that, the pants are stiff enough to hold you up.
I’m definitely looking forward to rearranging the shop. Thanks.

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

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#8 posted 11-02-2014 12:54 AM


It’s like all your work. Dedicated organized, well thought out. I have built a few shed type hoses in my yard. More like your uncle. Using 2×6 rafters and a lower pitch.

Hey looks good. It’s like making a BIG cabinet with a level. LOL!

Looks like the doors fit well too.

Did you run a trench for power? Or waiting til spring? If the floor is OSB I’d try to seal it before it gets wet or cover it til spring. I’m guessing you’ve already thought that through. LOL!

I remember a couple years ago after finishing up my Katty Shack electrical, it started to snow. I understand how it feels to beat the weather.


-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 11-02-2014 12:59 AM

Thanks Doc. The floor is pressure treated plywood that I covered with a vinyl floor remnant.
No trench for power and no plans to at this point. I have a small solar shed light to install and we’ll see how it goes.
(I want the electrician bill to be for re-wiring my shop )

The guys did a good job installing the doors, but I was relieved that the size of the door opening was accurate.

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

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#10 posted 11-02-2014 01:10 AM


Excellent shed!

I must say you’re the height of fashion with the “almost” pink shoes/boots in the last picture.

You deserve all the pride you must be feeling now.


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#11 posted 11-02-2014 01:18 AM

Thanks Herb. You know, it’s important to have a splash of colour amidst all that paint….
It was a chilly day, so those are lined rubber boots.

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

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#12 posted 11-02-2014 02:05 AM

Dreams do come true…with a little help from your family! Great looking shed! Just in the nick of time.

-- God bless, Candy

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#13 posted 11-02-2014 05:02 AM

Kudos to you….
For a job well done…. well, almost done!!!
Looking forward to seeing the “interior design” work.

I’ll be sure to continue sending all my snow your way!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#14 posted 11-02-2014 05:31 AM

Snow in southern states!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#15 posted 11-02-2014 05:39 AM


Your shed looks great. Of course you should be thrilled with it.

Our snow melted already so we got the leaves raked today! It was over 40 degrees!


-- Voltaire: “Those Who Can Make You Believe Absurdities, Can Make You Commit Atrocities” There are 112 genders (not including male and female)

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