I have been so busy lately. Busting my ass before the rain gets here again. We have gone 2 winters with our yard tools, bicycles, and random bits out getting weathered and ruined. Not this year! It took me a little over a week of working 4-8 hour days & some help from my son & sometimes hubby.
Deciding on the type of shed I wanted was daunting! I read review after review and did loads of research. The types of sheds I looked into are: wood, vinyl/resin, and metal.
Wooden Storage Shed Kits
Wooden sheds– my favorite! I just love the look of them! You can add windows & you can even paint them to match your home. Wooden sheds are pretty pricey unless you build it from scratch. I didn’t think I was handy enough to build my own shed out of wood & plans. So I decided not to go with a wood shed.
Vinyl/Resin Storage Shed Kits
Vinyl/resin sheds are alright in the looks-department. They don’t rot or rust and are actually pretty durable! They are more expensive than wooden sheds, which is just insane to me. The deciding factor against a vinyl/resin shed was that you could probably get into it with just a box cutter.
Metal Storage Shed Kits
Metal storage sheds can be cute, depending on what you do to them. You guessed it, I decided on a metal shed. I plan on landscaping around it to make it look downright adorable! Metal sheds are insanely cheap. I paid $449 for a 12-foot by 10-foot shed kit. I built the foundation myself out of 2″ x 4″ pressure-treated lumber and 3/4″ sub-floor plywood. The foundation probably cost around $300 for everything (nails, deck screws, caulking, paint, stain, lumber, plywood, pavers, & rocks).
I thought that the ground on this side of the yard was pretty level, boy was I wrong! I built the outside square frame of the foundation first. Then I measured 3 feet away from each fence (per the request of my town’s municipal codes) and placed the frame there. I made sure the frame was square by measuring corner to corner. I placed cement pavers on the inside of the four corners of the frame reminding me where to dig. So your paver doesn’t move around, you have to dig a few inches down around the whole paver, place gravel, and place the paver back on top of the gravel. Plus, it makes it easier to level all four pavers having the gravel provide you wiggle-room.
Next, I nailed in 2″ by 4″ pressure treated lumber every 16″ inside of the frame with galvanized 10-penny nails. At this point, I made a mistake that I would come to realize as soon as I placed the sub-floor. I thought the space between the boards was supposed to be 16″ from edge to edge. Turns out it’s measuring 16″ out from the center of one stud to the center of the one next to it. Instead of starting over, I just added a board where needed along the way. Building the foundation for the shed, was probably the hardest part. I followed the instructions in the Arrow Shed Manual & also used methods from this YouTube Video. He makes it look so easy, but trust me…. It was hard as hell leveling it!
After the foundation was leveled and squared countless times, I stained the bottom of the sub-floor with stain that I had left-over from previous DIY projects. Staining the bottom side (the side facing the dirt) helps prevent damage from moisture. It doesn’t have to be done, but it is a good idea to quickly stain it before placing. After it dried almost all the way (my impatience caused my stained arms & legs), I placed the sub-floor. I used wood-glue between the tongue&groove of the sub-floor plywood & decking screws to secure everything down.
Now time for the Arrow Shed kit! I spent about an hour organizing the pieces. The first day, I put together the frame, and the ceiling beams. I had to stop early, because it very quickly became our hottest day this year (115 Degrees Fahrenheit)! For the next few days, I was waking up at 7AM to work on the shed until around 11AM. That’s about the time when the sweat would start burning my eyes.
The day after I put together the frame, I had my son help by holding up the aluminum siding while I drilled it into the bottom frame. That was insanely difficult! He is only four years old and is constantly wiggling! Plus, it was fairly windy (hot wind, barf!) and I felt like everything was just going wrong at this point. I probably should have waited until the weekend for my husband to get home and help me, but I was determined to finish this project mostly on my own. The directions state that once you put the walls up, you really should finish the shed that day… but I’m a rebel. I tied the middle of the 12-foot sides of the shed together with some yarn so that it wouldn’t sway too much in the hot wind && GUESS WHAT ARROW SHED COMPANY?! IT FLIPPIN’ WORKED!!!
I skipped the directions for the wall channels [they are laying on the sub-floor in the picture], because I didn’t have help and my arms weren’t long enough to reach inside the shed, as well as outside the shed. Surprisingly, I was able to get the beams in the correct place by myself. I cut myself too many times on the damn siding, but that didn’t stop me! It was starting to look like a shed, and I was blown away at what I had accomplished.
My husband ended up helping me with the wall channels, and the roof. There are SOOO many screws that connect the roof panels to the beams & wall supports. It started getting hot, but I finished the build. The next morning, I painted the frame with some exterior paint to help against rot, anchored the shed to the sub-floor, & caulked the edges of the shed to waterproof it.
Every day, I open up my curtains and smile at what I built. Eventually, we will landscape around it. We will probably add a stepping-stone trail from the patio to the shed, and maybe even a 1-foot wide strip of black mulch along the perimeter of the shed. I would like to have a lawn, but I feel like that’s probably not going to happen within the next couple of years to be honest. Little-by-little I will work on my home until I get it looking how I want it to. For now, I have a few more projects to complete before it rains.