The Recycled Shed

The Recycled Shed

Today was another laborious day working on a tool shed/small workshop. Roughly one quarter of the lumber (

photo right

) for this structure was


from the old deck off the back of the house. The majority of the lumber that is being re-used is positioned in the wall framing--either as studs, sill plate or top plate boards. Some are being nested horizontally between the studs as shelving spots.

By necessity, this shed has a small footprint, measuring only 8'x10'. A significant slope behind its position on the lot and county building codes conspired to keep it that way. In addition to the recycled lumber was the lucky find of a really good casement window unit--four windows housed in a frame eight feet long and 33 inches tall. (

Void for the window is evident in photo

.) The window was installed today, helping the crew "feel" that the End Is Near. Since this is mostly on-your-day-off labor, we are really looking forward to the End!

The biggest problem to solve was how to create significant volume within the space using recycled (read: short) lumber and only an eight by ten footprint. The answer was to create a "

salt box

" roof. On the south-facing wall, an additional wall framing unit was constructed and erected on top of the initial top plate, raising the front wall to around ten feet. The north-facing wall was left at seven feet six inches. This sets up the ground work for the salt box roof. Viewed from the west, the eight foot wall was divided into thirds, with the right-hand third marking the ridge of the gable (

see photo

). This means that for that front third of the shed, the vertical distance starts at ten feet and extends up to roughly twelve, creating a huge amount of space in the front third of the shed. From the ridge down to the north wall is one long descent, but the feeling of height created by that initial asymmetry of the roof will make the shed extremely useful and a pleasure to inhabit when it is being used for projects.

Also recycled in this project will be some leftover nails and screws from at least a dozen different projects, ends of two rolls of tar paper, an antique door, concrete blocks, drip edge, gutter, downspout--and house paint. Every piece of old deck wood that gets used in the shed will be wood that doesn't end up in the landfill. Same for the gutter, downspout and door.

When its all done, a raised bed will be installed on the south-facing wall. You knew something like that had to be coming, right?

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