Shed Day 1: the Floor

S's vacation started on Wednesday and he had planned to start working on the shed that afternoon, but after buying the lumber on Sunday, the guys were chomping at the bit to get started. So S and his dad met in our yard Monday afternoon for the official start of the shed building project.

S and I had made sure the lot was square and had leveled off the site with concrete blocks as best we could with a few spare 4x4's. A few persuasive bangs with a couple of hammers was all it took to square up the four corners of the shed floor:
before we moved on to marking every 16" for the floor joists.
Once the floor joists were nailed in place we placed a brick under each ten foot length, just for a little extra stability. Even though the entire shed sits on concrete block footings, we thought the extra bit of stability couldn't hurt. Plus, we have a ton of scrap concrete and brick in the yard that we removed before the fence was installed and we really just need any excuse to use it.
We chose a build a 10x14 shed to maximize the amount of storage we could build without having to get a building permit. We still had to meet with the town to make sure the placement was ok, but just a few feet larger would have required a lot more formality. Unfortunately, 10x14 means that we had to cut sheets of plywood throughout the project since they're sold in sheets of 4x8. In hindsight we should have gone for 8x16 to minimize those tedious cuts, or as S says we should have gone for 12x8 instead of building the largest shed, ahem, annex in the neighborhood.
We quit work at 8 pm so S's dad could go look at a compressor and nail gun he found on Craigslist. After we clean up, S and I stood on our nice level floor, looked at each other and said, "it's big."

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1 comment:

  1. Looking good. Can't wait to see the rest of the project.


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