12x8 Shed #1: Planning, Site Prep and Foundation

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Blog entry by r33tc0w posted 01-17-2018 04:05 AM 805 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Upon the realization how short we are on space in our home and with a 2nd on the way, my garage workshop-turned-storage-dump-zone is getting the boot to a shed in the backyard. Somehow my lovely amazing wife sacrificed her garden box i built 2 years ago for my own personal workshop to go in its place.

There were some stipulations; had to look like Chip and Joanna’s shed at the Silos in Waco

And couldn’t be more than 12×8 because of the mature camellia and japenese plum flanking either side along the fence which are currently in blossom, pruning = bad right now. Fortunately (for me) we had a freeze that killed off any potential fruit, thus paving the way for the 12’ width.

I will say that along this journey, I’ve found there are multiple ways to skin a cat. I’ve studied how TuffShed, Graceland and the cheap-o box stores build their sheds and feel like I’ve come upon a happy medium. Thankfully sketchup has allowed me to visualize and sell the shed to my wife as well as see potential challenges beforehand.

Studs are 16” on center w/ 6” overhang all around with a 2’ extended roof off the front. I’ll have to reinforce that joint a little better where the arms hang off the rafters but we’ll figure that out once we get there.
I’m leaving the door to be build-day decision, but they will be double outswinging doors. I sourced a local sheetmetal roofing fabricator for an R-9 low profile roof system that cost under $400 for all the necessary parts/pieces. I’ll also stick a 3×3 window on the wall (above the shopsmith in the rendering).

Started Site prep last week:

Discovered another 50 antique pavers to add to my collection. These things are all over our yard from landscaping of yesteryear. I’ll probably use these to create a walkway to the shed when its up.

Once I got the box out and all the excess dirt leveled, I saturated the ground with water to help everything settle.

I’ve decided to go with pressure treated 2×8s for the floor joists, resting on 16×16x4 concrete pads. I had some massive chunks of concrete that I used instead of gravel to help offset the sand from eroding away from the footings overtime. Hopefully this will not present an issue in the next 3-5years. I also know that the Bible clearly states not to build a foundation on sand so I hope He gives me a little leway in this particular instance.

I used the joist hangers and had a heck of a time making sure all the manually hammered nails penetrated in both directions. Will follow up with 3-4” deck screws to close some of the gaps before moving forward with the floor panels and the walls.

Wood is on order for Thursday, have a buddy coming Friday to help get everything up. It’s currently 30F w/ ice covering everything outside. New Orleans is shut down from snow and ice. Sounds like a snow day tomorrow. Come Friday, it’ll climb back to 60F and this weekend will be sunny and 70. Gotta love New Orleans. WHO DAT

-- Matthew 13:53-58

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#1 posted 01-17-2018 02:38 PM

Nice! I’m also building a shed (only 4X8), but will eventually make one for the wife (like 10X12). Looking forward to seeing your progress.

-- -- Kirk

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