Gables Covered!

>> Monday, March 29, 2010

While I'm excited that the gables on the garden shed were covered this weekend I'm a little disappointed the garden shed siding isn't finished. As it turns out I ran one piece of siding short of finishing the job! It's an awful feeling to realize that you're only a couple steps away from completing a task but you can't.  The areas that still need siding are on the left and right sides - one piece will do it.

When covering the gables I decided to try a slightly different approach than I originally intended. I began thinking I would go horizontally all the way up to the peak. What I ended up doing looks much better as it gives the gable area a little more character - I went diagonally. I began with the top pieces - cut them to fit then measured all the pieces below it. Then I came back and put the pieces on from the bottom and layered up.

The front of the garden shed only needed two layers of siding while the back needed three to completely cover the gables.

I still have some work on the inside to complete, which is mainly covering more walls with plywood. Hopefully this week I can complete the siding and put up the plywood then I can begin sealing up the air gaps. Now that will be time consuming! It won't be long before I can start some cuttings in the garden shed!


Cabinets for the Garden Shed

>> Thursday, March 25, 2010

Please ignore the mess of bricks and leftover lumber lying on the floor at the bottom of this picture. Instead focus on the cabinets! Family friends were cleaning out their basement and passed on quite a few pieces of lumber and odds and ends they thought could be reused. The cabinets came along for the ride too. With a little sanding and a paint job (when I get to it!) they will blend in perfectly.

In total they gave me three cabinets. Two are in the picture above and one more has yet to be hung.  The two cabinets in the picture were actually several inches taller and needed to be cut to fit the space beneath the windows. After that I cut 4 pieces of 1"x4" and attached them to the back of the cabinets so that I could hang the cabinets to the wall. The white piece of lumber on top isn't for the top of the cabinets but was attached to one of them and had to be removed before I could cut the cabinet to fit.  In between the two cabinets I left a small space of about 11-12". Soon I'll hook in some brackets for a few shelves for the in between space and it will look like one large cabinet.

The other cabinet will fit above the window but won't run the whole length of the space, although I might be able to add a couple shelves to utilize all the space!


Progress Inside the Greenhouse Garden Shed

>> Tuesday, March 23, 2010

While earlier in the week brought progress to the outside of the greenhouse garden shed this weekend brought some progress to the inside. I had already insulated parts of the shed where there is no glass but I needed to cover the insulation. Fortunately there is plenty of scrap plywood laying around the shed from doing the outside sheathing plus some old sheets of plywood I've collected over time. I love being able to use bits and pieces of previous projects in new ways. It makes things cheaper and eliminates waste! I cut the pieces to size and screwed them in using 1 5/8" coated screws. I prefer screws over nails, mainly because if I ever need to get into those areas it will be very simple.

Here's a picture of the front from the inside.

And here is a picture of the back from the inside. Underneath the windows will be a small set of old cabinets. A little sanding and painting and they'll be perfect for the space.  When I get the chance I'll paint the inside white to increase the lighting slightly. Don't look for that post anytime soon!

Here is the beginning of a plant bench. I'll be adding a second shelf underneath that will be even with the windows. Below that I can keep pots and flats for seed starting or cuttings. For now that's where the trash is! I'm not sure if you can see it but on top of the bench is a little device. It's a radio thermometer that sends a signal to my house to let me know what the temperatures are like inside. The greenhouse is still very gappy but stays consistently 10 degrees warmer than the outside temperatures. The real test will be next winter!

I feel like I'm finally making some good progress. The recent spring warm-up is very welcome in my garden, how about yours?


Greenhouse Garden Shed with a Secret Back Door

>> Monday, March 22, 2010

One of the tasks I accomplished last week on the greenhouse garden shed was to complete most of the siding on the backside. It was a complicated task due to many little cuts and some creative problem solving that was involved. One of the issues was with the "secret door." I wanted the backdoor where my mower will enter the shed portion to look like a single normal door. To do that I needed to disguise the right door as much as possible with the siding. Unfortunately I had to leave a 2 inch gap between the door siding and the wall siding to allow the door to open as far as I wanted. I covered the joint gap with pond liner (that's the black line on the right) to form an airtight gasket and tucked the edges of the liner underneath the siding. When I get around to painting the siding I'll try and paint the pond liner to make it blend better.

Underneath the left windows there is one spot that needs patched up with siding. I had a piece of siding perfectly cut for that spot but when drilling a starter hole (advisable when you are afraid to break something) the piece snapped, effectively making it 6 inches shorter!

The siding is almost complete and should only need one more workday to cover the gables and some small areas on each side.

I would share some of the other updates that happened over the weekend with the shed but it's raining while I'm writing this and I don't have any pictures yet. I'll just save them for another post!


Siding on the Greenhouse Shed...Again

>> Monday, March 15, 2010

Before this weekend I made a big list on what I wanted to accomplish and one of those tasks was finishing the siding on the greenhouse shed. Unfortunately I didn't have enough time to complete it but I did manage to complete some large and tricky areas. When it comes to projects and time my ideas are always bigger than my watch.

The trickiest parts were around the braces for the greenroof overhang. On one side of the brace was 5/16" while the other side was around 2". Cutting the areas around these spots was very time consuming. The cement fiber board was fragile around small cuts and I went through each spot twice before fixing usable pieces to the greenhouse. I may need to come back to add more trim to dress things up a little. The siding in the gable area still needs installed but I'm still debating on its design a little. I was thinking of hanging the siding diagonally along the roof line with the top of the current layer of siding becoming a clean edge for a small piece of trim.

The siding definitely enhances the front of the building. The left side is almost complete and the right side has some small pieces that need fitted between the two large windows. The back is where the majority of my times needs spent. If the weather forecast holds true for the remainder of the week I may have another workday coming soon!

Still to Do on the Outside of the Greenhouse Shed:
  • Finish siding installation - figure out the gable design.
  • Clean and repair all windows - they are a mess! The windows were found on Craigslist and had been sitting outside for some time. They are single paned and held in with caulk that is failing in many places. A few tubes of caulk will go a long way toward making this project look much better.
  • Paint, paint, paint! When warm weather comes along to stay I'm looking forward to giving this project some color. Now I wonder what colors would work best for the siding and the trim? My big question on color is should it match the house or just blend nicely?


Installing the Greenhouse Shed Roof Window

>> Monday, March 8, 2010

This past weekend while the weather was looking pretty close to awesome we re-made the roof window on my greenhouse shed. The first attempt was leaking in a couple small spots which prompted me to re-think the whole design before the project was too far along. I found out while I was removing the first attempt that if I had just caulked underneath two of the clamps I used to hold the windows in place everything would have been fine! Two small spots created a drip which seeped along the window and made contact with the plywood roofing underneath. It wasn't a good situation for the plywood but a little extra silicone in two spots would have done the trick.

Still, I think I came up with a better solution in the end.

Here's What I Used

  • 2 -12 foot long pieces of composite decking. 5 1/4" width.
  • 3" deck screws
  • 1- 2"x2"
  • 6" wide pieces of pond liner.

How I Fixed the Roof Window

Using the composite decking we created a frame and screwed it through the roofing into the rafters below. We cut the top piece of decking and placed it at the top.  Before we screwed it in we put the pond liner underneath the top layer of shingles and the decking. Along the pond liner I crimped it to the height of the decking to create ridge for water to run along and away from the window.

Then we fit the side pieces and the bottom piece of decking. Each piece had enough overhang to support the windows around the edges. To brace the bottom window while we were getting everything attached we placed two 1/2" wide slivers of composite decking. The slivers created a brace for the lower edge of the window that wouldn't be effected by water.

Greenhouse Shed Roof Window

In the center of the opening we put the 2"x2" flush with the side edges of the frame so that it could support the area where the two windows met. These need shimmed up slightly and again we used some small slivers of composite decking - I really like that stuff but it does cost a pretty penny! Fortunately with 2 twelve foot long pieces we had plenty for this part of the project. I can't imagine the cost that would go into building a whole deck from it - but it would last!

Greenhouse Shed Roof Window

In the previous installation we used makeshift clamps from some hard plastic molding that we reclaimed from an old door. We used a hacksaw and cut 3 inch pieces from the plastic piece, drilled screw holes in it, then clamped eight of them around the roof window. The last task was to caulk which I used some silicon caulking that was said to work well under the weather.

It was a good days work but well worth it to ensure a leak free roof. Now it seems this week will provide a good test - rain's a' coming!


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