Shed Building 101

My fiance and I have been putting together a shed kit for the last several months. She has wanted a shed for a long time, but there was no way to get one of the pre-fabs through the gate in our fence. Earlier this year she saw an advertisement for a do-it-yourself shed kit. It contains everything needed to build your own shed. All of the boards and plywood are cut to size. It even has all of the different sizes of nails and screws. The only thing required to complete the build are the tools, paint, and shingles. We figured it was a no-brainer.

The delivery truck dropped off a Kia-sized pile of shrink-wrapped material in the drive-way and waved goodbye. It took my fiance and me two days to haul the material from the driveway to the far corner of the backyard where we would begin the construction. A few days later she headed off for a weekend trip with her family. I took the opportunity to dig out the foundation, lay the gravel, and level the blocks that would form the base. It took nearly a day to get everything leveled and put the twelve foot long 4×4’s in place. I was, and am, crazy proud of my hard work. The following weekend my fiance put together the floor while I was away on a four-day music festival/camping trip. Since then we have worked together to build out the walls, lift them into place, put up the rafters, and nail the roof decking into place.

It has taken far longer than either of us expected to get this far, but it has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. I’m almost certain that my fiancee would say the same. Every time we go out onto the patio we look over at the shed and just grin. “We did that!” Hopefully, I’ll be able to post a picture of the shed, complete with shingles and trim, before winter comes.

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