Well, for all intents and purposes the shed is now ‘done’. There are some punch list things to work off such as touching up the paint and finishing the Thompson’s water seal / staining on the porch, but it’s now officially “in use” as of today. I also need to make a dump-run to discard all of the wood scraps from the project which are now stored under the shed. And, yes, I’ll need to add some landscaping around the shed to hide the foundation from view and we’ll probably put a couple chairs or planters on the porch.
This past week was spent putting on the front deck, installing some locking hardware — a modified garage door turn-handle lock –, adding an overhang with a galvanized sheet metal roof, and putting red cedar siding in the eves. The deck and porch are actually pressure-treated pine that have been coated with Thompson’s ‘Advanced’ Water Seal with red tint to tie the porch in with the red cedar siding, red cedar split rail fence, and some other hardscape that’s been stained with the red Thompson’s. Today was spent adding a ramp to the porch that’s not in the photo as well as putting some end-caps on the porch deck.
In the mean time, all of my construction tools were moved back to the next project area in the garage and replaced by the ‘stuff’ that will now reside in the shed. So, the mower, edger, power washer, chipper and other power tools are in, the work bench has been built over-top of the power equipment, and the decking is down in the rafters. In addition to scavenging the work bench lumber from the garage work bench, I also re-used the 2 10-foot and 12-foot plastic-coated wire storage shelves from the garage. I still have three free-standing shelf units and all kinds of lawn and garden products that need to make the trip to the shed over the next week as part of the garage clean-out. All of the coolers, lawn chairs and lumber have also taken up residence in the shed. Oh yeah, and when I cut the lawn tonight the mower started and ended it’s call to duty in the shed.
The shed was supposed to get an off-white trim on the fascia, corner and door trim boards to match the house, but I think we like the solid color off-set by the red cedar accents… time will tell on that. But, at least from my point of view, I think any contrasting trim would call too much attention to the shed which, at present, doesn’t look that out of place in our small yard.
Next up: gutting and refinishing the garage.