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Shed Upgrade

Anything you build yourself...

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RichardH
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Shed Upgrade

Post by RichardH »

Time for a DIY topic methinks!
We moved down to East Sussex in early 2019. The house is a lot smaller, but we do have a fair bit of outside space.

The house is semi detached, but also has semi detached stables (though at around 8' long you'd be hard pressed to get anything bigger than a small pony in them, and I suspect that they have had pigs kept in them at some point due to brickwork jiggerations). Bit of background - we are in a small group of 6 houses - 3 pairs of semis - that were built as "homes for heroes" after their return from the 1st world war. Each house has a pair of stables and an acre of land. Our house has actually ended up with near enough 2 acres, as the previous owners bought most of the neighbour's land.

Anyway, as well as the stables, we also inherited "the falling down shed".
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...which was lovely in a very knackered sort of way. Workbenches stained with years and years of old oil, but also the blockwork was... well ventilated shall we say - as was the roof. It was also smack plumb in the way when we looked out of the back of the house... so once we knocked it down we could start redoing the garden, adding the chestnut post and rail fencing - partly so we can make this part more of a "garden", and partly to keep the dogs from disappearing off into the rest of the garden. Where the shed was is now what we are calling the "oriental" garden - since this photo was taken we have added some bamboos along the right of the cobbled area, plus planted it up with more cherries and acers. The stables are on the left of the photo. We also get a better view!
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Anyway, stables are too small to keep the ride on mower in, so instead of having to put all the rubble from knocking down the shed into skips, we used it as subbase for two concrete slabs. One for the building on the right (destined to be a music/art studio plus crash pad for visiting kids), and one for the replacement for the old shed.

Here's new shed not long after being put up.
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I took advise that it shouldn't be painted for a good 6 months to allow the shiplap to shrink etc (all the timber is treated already), but here it is now after a couple of coats of Bedec Barn paint in their rendition of forest green (which set against the surrounding greens looks a lot more like a grey).
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...and here is a more general view - stables nearest (having just had one new door fitted - the other needs painting), studio on the right then shed over on the left. Out garden kinks round the back of next door's.
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...well., that's enough for one post.... tune in for the next exciting eposide....

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TPJ
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Re: Shed Upgrade

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Wow, that's a lovely setting. And nice new shed :)

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RichardH
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Re: Shed Upgrade

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....well. here we go with part the second.

The workshop/shed/whatever as it arrived - they very nicely design the studs to be at 4' intervals, so in theory you can board it out easily with 8' x' 4' sheets. Of course there are a few areas where the full sheet thing doesn't work.
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Started off by using left over rockwool plus some SuperQuilt - a multi layer foil thing that is supposed to be about the same performance as 50mm celotex. A lot more substantial than it might appear, and needed two of us to wrestle into position
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Ceiling boarded first, then side walls.
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Brother in law wielding the skillsaw
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Nearly there
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Tadah! That's the new stable door that's been getting a few coats of the marvellous Bedec Barn Paint (a Sadolin equivalent, but cheaper and available in a wide range of colours)
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Re: Shed Upgrade

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...then it was on to painting the floor. After lots of faffing about wondering whether to use a 2 part epoxy ("might as well do it right if I am doing it") I realised that they probably wouldn't cure properly in current temperatures, and also I am only using it as a workshop and ride on mower store, so I just went to Screwfix and bought a tin of Leyland heavy duty floor paint.

Shunted everything over to one side and managed to get about 70% done in one hit at the weekend. Two coats later...
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...then over the last couple of mornings before work I have shunted everything over and got the rest done. This is after one coat, but the second has now been applied and is drying as I type.
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Antonius
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Re: Shed Upgrade

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Lovely place, and a garden large enough to build a shed or garage. High on my wish list, not affordable in most of this densely populated little country. Looking good Richard!

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RichardH
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...and we have a workbench!
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In fact this is the second build of it - the first time I put it in place the bench was too high, so I took it all out again and reset the height - it's now at just under 36" to the top surface. I've used the worktop offcuts - so I have a joint in the middle which is a bit ugly - I guess I could have tried to clean up the edges of the two meeting surfaces, but I had a feeling they'd not get that much better than they are at present.

The bench is supported on a 2x3 bearer fixed to the wall - I had the stud positions marked so was able to fix into the studs rather than the 11mm OSB. 3x2 along the front edge as well. Shelf is supported on some 2x1 batten on the wall and 3x2 at the ends, plus also a bearer on the back of the central leg. Again, this had to be jointed as the length of the bench is just shy of 3m. I had thought the front edge of the shelf would need a batten, but it's 18mm OSB, and once it was screwed down into the back and side bearers plus to the back of the central leg, it's really stiff. I may run a piece of 2x1 along the underside to ensure it stays stiff if I feel it's needed, though. Bench surface is fixed from underneath using brackets and swearing.

Apart from the 3x2 and the 2x1, the rest of the bench was made of "free" materials - the OSB was left over from when the shed was built, as were the lumps of 6x2 used on the legs. Worktop was offcuts from the kitchen fitting.

I decided to turn the worktop upside down as when using the worktop as a temporary bench on a couple of sawhorses, I realised the "proper" surface was way too slippy.

Now all I need is power!

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Antonius
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Re: Shed Upgrade

Post by Antonius »

RichardH wrote:
Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:38 am
Now all I need is power!
Jeremy Clarkson springs to mind.

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Re: Shed Upgrade

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That is looking cooool! Love it!

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RichardH
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...now it's full of crap again though, as we're expecting a load of rain overnight and tomorrow, so got the mower in (it's been living under a tarp for the last couple of weeks).

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Re: Shed Upgrade

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Nice job! Very envious of space and view 😊

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