So before we finished camping last Summer we decided to build a storage shed to put all of our household items in that we will be not using till we actually build home, With the great advantage of having a log mill on the ranch my cowboy and his dad were able to cut all of their own boards from the trees on the ranch. So this shed which should have cost around $1700 only cost us about $600. We milled all our own timber so in the $ equation was...roofing and flashing, hinges, insulation foam, nails and railroad ties, the windows were second hand and a lot of hard work later we built a shed.
1st Start with a good solid foundation. Level it out. Either pour a cement pad with footings or put rail road ties down. In our county you can build a shed up to 200 sq. feet without a building permit so ours is a 16'x12' which equals 192sq. feet.
2nd Make a floor. We have wood planks.
3rd Once your floor is on then the walls can go up. After each wall is up you brace it with a board so it has something to support it till the other walls go up and you can nail them all together. When the walls are up you can put our windows in. Even with all the walls up you will still need supports on them till the roof is completed.
4th You put the roof on. You can build your own trusses and put either tin sheeting or asphalt shingles up on top. We did trusses, wood panels, tar paper, flashing and then the asphalt shingles.
5th Is your Siding. We decided to use the Japanese method 'Shou-sugi-ban' of burning it to help preserve the wood. We really like how it turned out. We did this with a torch you can buy at a hardware store and a propane tank.
By building a shed we have a place for our storage now which in just one year having our things not in a storage unit in town we saved just over $1000.
Camille Loves being a Mother of five, wife to an amazing cowboy, A photographer, blog writer, and an Adventure seeker.
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