Streamside Storage Shedcomments (1) September 11th, 2011 in Project Gallery
When we bought our house, it came with a cheap metal shed on pilings made from telephone poles. It was leaky, dark, and low. Even my wife banged her head on the top of the door frame. It had to go, but, due to wetlands protection laws, I couldn't change the foundation. I decided to build a new one on the same planform, but I did put in a bump-out for a bay window. I used DeltaCad to draw up the plans.
The original justification for the bay was to give Elisabeth a shelf and light for potting and to let me photograph birds, but really I just thought it would be cool to build one from scratch. The small front window was salvaged from our lower floor bathroom when I upgraded that. I painted the inside white to improve visibilty - there's no electricity there.
Construction is straightforward 2x4 framing, with 2x6 rafters and ridge pole. I used T-111 siding, but, if I were to do it again, I would use wood shingles to match the house. The grooves in the siding had to be done with a brush, and each coat took about 3 days just for that. After doing the grooves, rollering the main wall surface was a breeze. If I had used shingles, the time saving painting it would have more than paid the difference. The roof line was deliberately chosen to match that of the house, and the mutton chops are similar to those on the house.
Design or Plan used: My Own Design - George Patterson
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