Monday, January 10, 2011

Still Building a Modern Shed

We're building a shed, remember?

Day one started with digging sod, leveling and preparing spots for the nine stacks of concrete blocks that will support the underpinnings of the structure. We opted for a floating block foundation--meaning that the blocks just sit on soil roughly at grade level--rather than go to the expense and labor of pouring a concrete slab. This means there's a fair chance we'll have to do the occasional shoring and re-leveling of the structure over the coming decades, but that's a minor deal on the lifetime to-do list.
Once we got all nine foundation pads level and square, we topped them with the three big timber 4" x 6" skids that comprise the rest of the foundation. On top, perpendicular to the skids went the floor joists, all from pressure treated lumber. Then everything got nailed together.

Day two and we're ready to get started on the framing. Since it was the most complex with three openings, we started with the north wall:

shed day two
I said complex, but this is really about as easy as framing gets. Still, though, lots of nails to pound. At about this point we started to wonder why, after all this time, we still don't have a pneumatic nail gun.

And then the south wall, working in between autumn rain showers:
shed day two, front and back walls
and then the east and west sides:
shed day two four walls
It's starting to look like something!


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