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My Blue Shed

Over this past summer I decided that I was going to build a shed in my backyard. I had convinced myself that this was a necessity because my garage was in serious need of some storage relief. I had seen several at Home Depot and presumed that the apparently uncomplicated rectangular design would be no problem to build. I also assumed that those sheds must be extremely overpriced and that I would be saving a lot of money by doing it myself. I soon found out that a quality shed costs quite a bit of quality money. Most importantly, the expertise to actually construct this simple rectangular box is where the real cost is at.
First thing I had to do was figure out how big of a shed that I was going to need. I inquired amongst friends and family how big of a shed I should make, as well as looking at the different models at various stores. I visited Home Depot several times to help me visualize exactly what I would need. After much deliberation I decided that an 8’ x 12’ shed would be just fine. I decided that a couple of lofts on either side of the interior would also give me the additional space that I would eventually want. I wanted a bigger shed but as it turns out the materials for a project like this are far from free.
The next thing I had to do was convince my wife that it would be a good idea to have this shed. I was very excited to get started, but my wife was not. I spent the next couple of days convincing her that this was something that would be beneficial for both of “us”. To begin my project I put together some very elaborate plans using some graph paper along with an excel spreadsheet. I then priced out all of the materials (wood, screws, nails, shingles, siding, paint, etc.). This portion of the project took quite some time as I could not believe how much it all added up to. I had to scale back from a 12’ x 16’ down to an 8’ x 12’ in order to keep the raw materials at $1000. Now that I had a realistic cost analysis and some actual project plans I surveyed our backyard for the ideal location. This was just the first of many calculations that would be necessary over the next couple of weeks.
Before I could start building the exterior frame, I had to build a pressure treated foundation. So I headed down the road to Home Depot equipped with my plans for the floor portion of the project. This would be the first of many trips to Home Depot with my truck and checkbook. Next I would begin to frame the sides and put together the trusses for the roof. As this shed began to take form it took on a much larger than expected visual size. In an effort to level the shed from the foundation platform up, the front of the shed is approximately 18” higher than the rear because of the grading of our backyard. This would make the peak of the roof over 11 feet high creating a daunting task of putting on the shingles when it was time. It would take many more steps and multiple trips to the store over the next couple of weeks before the finishing touches would take place.
Now after almost two weeks of construction… I went back to Home depot for probably the 10th time and gathered the materials for the siding and roof. Attaching shingles to a roof is only “fun” if someone else does it, this was one of the hardest parts for me to accomplish. I balanced myself on the hot roof for several hours hammering away as my 18 year old son begrudgingly helped me as little as possible. This did not turn out to be a family moment to remember. Soon after the roof was up, the siding was in place, the windows fit into place, the roof vents cut in, the frame secure, the ramp made, the trim molding in place, etc. It would be time to paint the exterior. I thought that the hard parts had been done but my wife now wanted a different color than the house because she does not like the color of our house. I said; “that’s easy enough to fix, what color do you want the house & we’ll just paint it!” It was quickly decided that any painting of the house would be a project for next summer.
I am now the proud owner of the finest shed in the neighborhood. I am complimented on it often and have had several requested to build a similar shed for others. I tell them that the materials will cost them about $1000 and that I would be willing to build it for approximately two grand! I truly enjoyed accomplishing the project and I am happy with the results, but if I had to do it all over again I might have just bought the shed in front of the store. It wouldn’t be as nice but it sure would have been easier.…...

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