Yup, sorry for the long-time-no-post hiatus that I unintentionally took here! Life just got busy for me: I’ve been on many trips, for both work and fun, been sick in between each trip (stupid airplanes and their recycled air), am on an intense work project and then managing to find time to just chill in between was few and far in between – I have many updates that I want to add into here. Hopefully I’ll be able to get them in here relatively soon!
Rather than trying to stick to a chronological timeline here – I’ll just jump into what’s my latest and greatest: my shed! I’m affectionately calling it my little chicken coop, since the design reminds me of one.
My backyard, in its all-fenced-in-middle-townhouse-unit glory, does not have any storage spot for my lawn mower. Which meant that every week that I go to mow my grass, I have to take the lawn mower out from my garage, which is in front of my house, and bring to my backyard. That means pushing it around my neighbor’s house and through her backyard (where I always stay on the perimeter!), opening her dog gate fence, closing it, then opening my fence’s gate and then I can get down to my blade-cutting business. Then do it in reverse, to put the lawn mower back into my garage!
That got old, real fast.
I was talking with a friend of mine, he’s a handyman… he found some plans online (Thanks Ana White!: http://ana-white.com/2012/04/plans/small-cedar-fence-picket-storage-shed). That kickstarted some brainstorming conversations between us. Then a little Pinteresting by me. He came over work one afternoon, took some measurements and we came up with a mini-shed plan that takes advantage of the space under my deck! Here’s my rendering of the initial plan – as you can see it’s all customized to:
- Take advantage of the small space underneath my low deck. Just enough to be able to stick the lawn mower front in.
- A back door that opens up on the deck side, I could put a little shelf in to access it from the deck.
- The roof would be slightly sloped for rainwater to run off, and with a removable grate so that I can put all my container garden right on top! The grate would be removed easily to brush off dirt if needed.
Then I got to thinking a little more, one of my dreams to have on my deck is to have overhead string lighting. I already own said lights (they may or may have not been one of my first purchases for the house, before I moved in). The problem though, is that I don’t have anything to string them to.
I settled on the middle version. A modern framing to attach to the shed, that I can affix the light strings to. We’ll have to modify the deck light that I have there now, which is located above the patio screen doors, in order to be able to feed power to the string lights.
Off to Lowes and Home Depot we went! Lumber! Bolts! Nails! (and of course, a little drooling in the power tools section… sorry! *cleanup in Aisle 7*)
Memorial Weekend Saturday: In 4 hours, we got the frame together and started on the plywood walls. (Random sidenote: I kept calling the process of putting the walls up “skinning.” Is this a real word-terminology, or just my computer geekiness showing?) I built this at my friends’ house, who had all the tools I would need to put it together. I used a chop saw to cut the boards. A nail gun for the nails. A power-drill to drill holes for the bolts, and to drive the wood screws in. They used a circular saw for the plywood cutting and a table saw for additional cutting. ALL THE POWER TOOLS! My little heart was singing.
Memorial Weekend Sunday: We finish putting the walls on, and start on the aluminum surface for the roofs – this is going to prevent water from seeping into the shed. We used a brake to bend the aluminum into specific angles so we can wrap the roofs like a present!
Then I go home to dig. Dig. There’s too much dirt right underneath the deck and I also need to remove the grass. Dig. This was the part I was dreading. Dig. Can I just tell you…. I hate digging. By the end of the day, in that little corner, I did manage to get out a ton of rocks, an insane sized root (must have been a tree around here in the past), and about 15 wheelbarrows of dirt. Freaking digging. I don’t ever want to dig again.
All those wheelbarrows of dirt went into other parts of my yard, I’m trying to work on making it a little more evened out. Next year, I figure I can focus on making the grass look a little bit more appealing – as in: less weedy, less baldy, and more evened out and grassy. You know, like a LAWN.
Memorial Weekend Monday – I didn’t want to keep my friend away from his family for too long, so all we focused on was bringing the roughed-assembled shed over to my yard. This required me to take down a section of my fence, so that we can bring his pickup truck, loaded with my shed, back up into my yard. Once we got it off his truck and set it down in the lawn, we glued and nailed in the aluminum tops. I also borrowed his hammer-drill to chip away part of the concrete block that was blocking part of the under-deck area. POWER TOOLS! (but……… yay…….. that means more digging to come later. Imagine my joy that settled in after the “new-power-tool-I-get-to-use” high. Espeically when I look-at-and-feel all my lovely blisters on my hands from yesterday’s digging. But I have to get all the chiseled concrete pieces out… I *sarcastically-love* digging.) After the concrete chiseling bit, I went ahead and stained all the plywood with a stain-sealant that I found on clearance from Lowes.
That last picture above is where I am today, at the end of this beautiful-and-productive Memorial Day Weekend for me! What I will be doing this week is starting to measure out and cut the fence board wood pieces to size in order to nail them up against the plywood, in order to get that horizontal plank look, for three sides (left, right and front door. The back side would be half above deck for the deck-side door and half below deck where no one is going to see it).
Time for a LONG shower.
I hope you all had a fantastic Memorial Day Weekend as well!
TL;DR (Too long, didn’t read?): I started to build a little shed for my backyard this Memorial Day Weekend. And I hate digging.