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This is a project that I’ve been working at in my spare time since September of 2018. I don’t have much spare time, so it’s still a work in progress. 

 

Local building code allows me to build anything less than 120 square feet without a building permit. So the shed is 14’ long by 8.5’ wide, 119 sq ft. I have tried to spend as little on this as I could, resourcing materials for free from friends and other materials from Craigslist. The only materials that I bought from the lumber yard are the skylight panels, the green soffit/facia/trim, 4x6 poles, 6” grade boards, 2x6 door jamb material and 2x10 headers. Roofing steel was purchased second hand in a large lot, I kept what I needed and sold the rest, making money in the process. All 2x4s were free from a remodeling project at church. The door was also free from friends as they bought a new one for their house. Rough sawn oak siding was free from shipping containers at work or from trees on my property that I took to the sawmill (lesser quality boards with the knots were used for the siding). Windows were salvaged from the "well used" aluminum truck topper that came on my Ford F-250, and yes they open up!

 

Pictures tell the rest of the story! 

 

These are photos from 2018. 

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Photos from 2019: 

 

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And that is how it sits right now. In 2020 I will have the rest of the skylights done on each end, finish up the green trim on the ends and get the other side's barn doors built (I need more of the rough sawn oak material from shipping containers at work). I may also paint the entry door something other than white, anyone have any suggestions for the color? Also - IF I do stain the oak siding, I am thinking I'll go with a tan stain. Otherwise, I am super happy to leave it weather naturally. 

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On 2/10/2020 at 9:46 AM, 500 MJ said:

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n each end, finish up the green trim on the ends and get the other side's barn doors built (I need more of the rough sawn oak material from shipping containers at work). I may also paint the entry door something other than white, anyone have any suggestions for the color? Also - IF I do stain the oak siding, I am thinking I'll go with a tan stain. Otherwise, I am super happy to leave it weather naturally. 

Pressure wash it then let it age naturally sans any stain.  Keeping rough wood looking freshly stained would be a frequent maintenance issue.  Paint the door the same hunter green as the trim.

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56 minutes ago, Manche757 said:

Pressure wash it then let it age naturally sans any stain.  Keeping rough wood looking freshly stained would be a frequent maintenance issue.  Paint the door the same hunter green as the trim.

 

That is a good idea. I like your thought there! I do have a nice pressure washer and the 100’ hose will reach that far! 

 

Yes, the view here is nice. We are on a small hill and the view to the west over the shed from the house for sunsets is quite nice. When we moved in back in 2013 all of the area that shed is built at and anything that wasn’t part of the yard was unmaintained woods. It took me quite a few year but the woods are now very manageable and the mosquitos are far less nasty than they used to be. Next year I’ll finally be able to mow my entire property with an old push mower at least. Getting the unwanted and fallen trees cleared was a task. Then in 2018 and 2019 we rented these guys for two summers in a row and they essentially took care of the rest of the brush! 

 

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Each photo here here is a day apart. The last day they had it all chewed down to stalks. 

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On 2/21/2020 at 5:27 PM, Manche757 said:

Goats were used here to clear a city park of poison ivy.

 

Yeah they work really well. The stuff that bothers us does not bother them at all. Mosquitos and nasty brush, they have no issue with it. Originally we thought about getting one of the goats, then it became pretty clear that having one would be more effort than it was worth for just keeping the property cleared. We’ve got no interest in the breeding/milk side of it. We’ve got young kids, that’s enough for now.

 

Lots of sun to the west and there is a hillside and trees to the east, that is why I sloped the roof to come down above the door. Little sun comes from the east. I wanted to be able to see the door from the house too. 

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Did some more work on this recently. Finished off the sky lights and trim on the north side of the shed. Now I just have the southern wall to build similar barn doors for and put the skylights on. I ALMOST have enough boards for the barn doors on the south side, I just need a few more oak shipping crates to show up at work... :)

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This past weekend I had my folks visiting us. I used some of the time with Dad to finish off the south end of the shed’s skylights and trim.
 

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So the last item to conquer will be the doors on the south end. I still don’t have enough oak lumber for them, but I am very close. Goal is to have them done before the snow arrives this winter. 

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52 minutes ago, neohic said:

Plans for the doors?


Same as the north side. Hanging them on treated 2x10’s. Nothing special, just homemade barn doors. :)

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5 hours ago, Manche757 said:

What's happening at the goat farm?

 

Well we've determined that we won't be keeping goats as lawn mowers. They work great if you have a bunch of brush to clean up, they have heavy appetites for sure. I've been able to keep the extra grass cut with the riding mower no problems so I think our days for having goats on this parcel of land are completed. They did their job well to get the yard manageable and we are thankful for that!  

 

No further work on the shed to report. I still need to get the remaining boards to finish off the last set of doors. 

 

However, I am now starting now to clear out trees for the construction of our pole barn. We have determined that the pole barn will go next to our house. I have plenty of trees to clear out and then there will be plenty of fill to bring in to level things out - hope to get this done before winter and allow the fill to settle out through the winter into the spring. Fingers crossed for construction starting in late spring/summer of 2021!

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