old shed renovation

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Project by jeffthewoodwacker posted 01-18-2008 09:13 PM 5541 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When we bought our property five years ago there were two good sized sheds that were in dire need of major repairs. I decided to tackle the largest shed first (25×30). The roof and roof trusses were in decent shape but everything from the roof down was in bad shape. Since I wanted to maintain a rustic look I came up with the plan to jack the entire stucture up 16 inches and replace all the stud walls and sides. Using bottle jacks I went around the entire building raising each side a little at a time and putting temporary bracing up as I went. When I got to the desired new height I tore down a section at a time and reframed the entire structure. The framing is all 4×4 treated and the new sides are tongue and groove vertical siding panels. I built an eight foot barn door and mounted on sliding hardware. The exterior was painted barn red. Also added rain gutters with a barrel collection system that stores the rain water to be used on the garden. Recently I picked up a 45 watt solar panel kit from Harbor Freight and a 1000 watt inverter. This supplies all the power I need for lights. The new building is the perfect place to store my tractor and power equipment.

Total cost of materials was $500.00—-the 4×4’s and exterior panels I picked up from a salvage yard, paint from the local Habitat store. I did all the labor with help from my wife. Total time for this project was two months off and on as I had the time.

The building looks so nice that now my wife wants me to renovate the second building as well. Maybe that will be a step by step blog series in the spring when it warms up.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#1 posted 01-18-2008 09:18 PM

well spent 500 nice job !

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#2 posted 01-18-2008 09:19 PM

Great job! I like the way you went about it.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 01-19-2008 01:36 AM

Nice save! You got the solar stuff included in the $500? Impressive.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#4 posted 01-19-2008 01:57 AM

a great investment and what a deal!

Nicely done. Yes. let’s blog the second one :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 01-19-2008 01:58 AM

Do you plan on doing the same thing with the other building?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 01-19-2008 02:44 AM

Very interesting how you used recycled materials and even re-used the roof. I may have to think about this option for my shop.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#7 posted 01-19-2008 02:46 AM

I am impressed that you did all that for $500. That is fantastic. By the way what about putting the tractor in the second unit and using this one as a workshop. With the money you saved from the remodel you could easily afford to outfit this into a first rate woodshop.

Just a suggestion.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 05-30-2008 10:55 AM

That was $500.00 very well spent. You ended up with a first rate shed.
Good job.

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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