MOG's cool shed and small outbuilding addiction thread

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by madeouttaglass, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    Yeah, I wasn't overly original in the thread title.
    I've enjoyed the tiny home, cabin, and motorhome threads. God knows the internet has enough garage, playhouse and treefort threads. Let's go for something a little different. Not any of the above or guest houses, just sheds and small outbuildings that didn't come from Home Depot or Sears. Built by yourself or Grandpa always a plus.
    I've built a few over the last 25 years and will start with the oldest.
    I built this as a playhouse (yeah, I know what I just said about playhouses but stick with me.) for our kids about 23 years ago. My wife's grandfather planted the trees and her father helped me harvest them, so three generations were involved in making it for the fourth. When we moved 50 miles away into the hills 20 years ago I disassembled it, stuck all the logs in our Celica, and rebuilt it here. I spun the roof 90 degrees, took off the dormer and turned it into a haus for our two pigmy goats. Now it's been ignored as the goats died of old age years ago. #1Farkle lets her chickens hang around it.

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    Nicer stuff coming.
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  2. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    This was a very old clapboard sided shed that was next to our house. Years ago we moved it about 200 feet away rolling it on logs, with a Subaru pulling it and a VW bus pushing. The roof had no overhangs on any side so I added them. It had no floor so I put a concrete floor and block foundation under it. Then I added all the windows and fake man door. The double doors replaced a rotten 4x8 sheet of plywood. I cut the rotted clapboards off the bottom on two sides, replaced it with Durock, then put the stones over that. The rest was covered with half log screwed on from the inside. It houses all our garden stuff.

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    Fake Ranger Station front facing the road:
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    Real door to access our lawnmower and garden tools:
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  3. Manuel Garcia O'Kely

    Manuel Garcia O'Kely Back at last

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    I remember seeing your ranger station, and I like it.

    I got this when we bought the place, it was decrepit and unfit for human habitation, it took extreme measures including 3 washings down with a very strong bleach solution and several weeks of air-drying before I could occupy it. It took me a good month to get it done - the good news is all the lumber made a bunch of excellent shelves and kindling for three years so far.

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    Inside is 7' x 11' with a low ceiling

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    Door and shelving with boat anchor (aka TUBES) receiver

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    Put in an operable window with screen, makes summer less buggy - computer desk - the battship.

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    Business end of the shack. Runs a KW when I need to. The best part about this location is how generally quiet the bands are - very little man-made noise. Yea, I'm wired for 240 - thanks to this shack having formerly been a sauna.

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    What's a ham shack without maps? And lots of junk on shelves?

    It's a nice way for me to get away and it's about 15 steps from the house out the back door.
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  4. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    Saltbox shed.
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    Packed full of junk :D.
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  5. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    Manuel, that looks like to coziest ham shack that I could imagine. Very nice!
    Coleman, That looks like it's in the middle of the Amazon. cool! If you ever need any of that "junk" cleaned out you know who to call first.:D
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  6. Manuel Garcia O'Kely

    Manuel Garcia O'Kely Back at last

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    Well, OK, if we are really going to show sheds, the radio shack is probably a bit too nice. I have actually THREE sheds, plus a lean-to. The radio shack is the middle sized of the sheds.

    This is the smallest shed. If it looks familiar it is because they are usually painted silver and sitting along railroad tracks. When we go this house, like the other two sheds, this one was FULL of junk/crap that had to be sorted, and hauled. I got a couple hundred bucks of scrap copper out of this one.

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    It's in need of a new paintjob, probably next summer. Once we cleaned it up and put in a false floor, it serves to hold our winter heat...

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    Now, most of you who follow the tiny homes thread probably wonder what we do with all the tools and other 'junk' including Uncle Knicknacks Summer and Winter Wardrobes, well, the largest shed serves this purpose - while it looks like the radio shack is part of it, they are two physically separate structures with an air space between their common walls.

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    Like the other two sheds, this one had to be shoveled out when we moved it, and it's poorly built so it's an ongoing battle with small rodent like critters - squirrels, pack rats and mice love this place...we have it trapped to the gills.

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    Storage corner...

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    Kindling and tool boxes, toys, bits and bobs...

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    And the ski tuning bench complete with audio system, task lighting, heat and power.

    It's almost like roughing it, but different, I guess.
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  7. CodeMonkee

    CodeMonkee Geek Adventurer

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    How about some examples of the proverbial wood-shed?

    I have a 2kSF shop, but I don't want to put wood in it. I have a woodstove for heat in the house and will have one eventually in the shop too. But I don't have a place to stack wood to keep it more or less dry.

    I am thinking of something like this:

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    Fairly simple lean to with a gravel floor.
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  8. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    Woodsheds?! I just came in from five hours of splitting wood in mine. Pardon the mess, it will get raked and blown out when I'm done.
    I built this eighteen years ago. It is a small copy of the one they have at Great Camp Minnowbrook in Blue Mountain Lake, NY (Adirondacks) The cheap cedar shake roof is overdue for replacement. It will get done next year.


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    The inside also holds the Farmall F12 that my wife's grandfather bought brand new along with a horse harness and sled from her father's childhood.

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  9. Manuel Garcia O'Kely

    Manuel Garcia O'Kely Back at last

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    As Samuel Jackson would say, now THAT's a motherfucking woodshed! Wow, huge and elaborate.

    I don't have a woodshed since the snow is dry and we don't get ice, it's just a matter of knocking the loose snow off the logs - and I use a transfer system anyway - from the wood pile to the front door pile and from there to under the stove to warm and dry - we don't keep a big pile of wood inside, just a few pieces to fire it up in the AM if it's not cold enough to lay a new fire ready for the match in the am.

    Wife says we should build a woodshed, maybe I'll look into in when the rest of my projects are done - I still have a few things I'd like to do first
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  10. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    Why Thank you. I just noticed that the outside shot made it look almost square. It's six sided. The one at Minnowbrook as twelve or so sided and many times the size.
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  11. ehatcher

    ehatcher Hello? Is this thing on?

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    Ditto. I am in the same boat. I want a design that is an asset to the property but not overly elaborate. I have a nice level spot for a 12 x 16 but I can't come up with a layout I am happy with. we heat with wood, so i gotta keep 4 - 6 cords on hand.





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  12. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    Very nice. I think the name is pretty appropriate.
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  13. Heyload

    Heyload Remastered Classic

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    Ah, the good old BGD6D! I love those desks! :clap
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  14. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    Here's yet another outbuilding we have. The shake roof is called a Carmel Style roof. As the name implies, this style is popular on the old cottages in Carmel California. The first time we visited there both the wife and I fell in love with that village. Seeing how I'll never be able to own even an outbuilding there, we decided my next project would have a Carmel roof.
    I built this about 15 years ago as "the Powerhouse". Up until last year it housed a 35KW Onan 3 phase generator that I used to power a Blanchard for machining industrial optics. That machine got used less and less so I sold both the Blanchard and the Onan. The generator was an old school backup unit that said "Onan- a division of Studebaker" on the nameplate. I was glad to get rid of the second to last engine I owned with points. Because it housed a big generator with a 6 cylinder gas engine, I built the shed using 5/8" fire rated drywall inside. This spring I lifted it off it's footers and dragged it about 100 feet further from our house. (Notice the lower walls needing repair from the move.) My intention was to widen the original double doors and make it the Ural shed. Instead the Ural now straddles the pit in my garage and this is now the SkiDoo shed. Hopefully I get around to putting some rustic style siding on in the next few years. I might go with stucco and fake timbers though.

    This is the original front of the shed, now the back side.
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    This is the new door that I just made for the sled to ride into. This end used to be the back with a double hung window. (The generator fan blew the air out through the radiator and through the open window. Fresh air came in through the side window.) The old double doors are to ride out of. Even though the SkiDoo has reverse, being able to ride forward into the snow always works better.

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  15. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    Time for another one of our outbuildings.:D

    I built this one in our yard when we first moved into the woods 20 years ago. Two years later we were fortunate to buy additional acreage and it was disassembled and moved down to the ponds.

    The small picnic table serves a a bad weather bench rest for our target shooting and vegetable hunting.
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    Our fall colors are at peak right now. This is from 10/3.

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  16. garandman

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    Not as cool as the other sheds here, but it's mine. It's a 1012 Colonial made by New England barn and Shed. He cuts and mills his own lumber, so the "2x4's" are actually 2" x 4"!

    This is after the first coat of Sikkens Cetol Marine, a very expensive ($140/gal) but very durable synthetic finish that "breathes" so it's very resistant to peeling. Should last 7-10 years even on the sunny side.

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  17. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    That looks like a nicely built shed. I like the wide doors on two sides. Great choice of finish tone.
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  18. RedRocker

    RedRocker Native Texican

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    This is a not so good pic of the well house on my place when we bought it. I put a new roof and door on it since then, but can't find a pic for some reason.

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  19. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    That is cool. I love stone buildings. What is it like inside? A cement floor with a lidded dug hole?
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  20. RedRocker

    RedRocker Native Texican

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    It's a concrete pad, the stone is from the surrounding area. Pretty stout little building, but it had run down pretty bad when I got it.
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