A Small Garden Shed Update

>> Monday, May 31, 2010

Here's a just a short update with what's going on with my garden shed.

  • Bought three colors of paint (two gallons of the main paint and one each for trim and doors). I'll let you know what the color scheme will be later but it will blend with our house.
  • Bought glazing to fix and repair the old single pain windows.
  • Cleaned the large picture windows, front doors, and back door to see what needs cleaned up before painting begins.
  • Inside I've been adding the brick flooring but need to redo the brick pattern so that the bricks work out evenly.

Hopefully I'll have more to update over the week!

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A Little Closer to Finished

>> Sunday, May 9, 2010

Corner Trim on Garden Shed
Every day that I get a few minutes to work on the garden shed I get a little closer to finished. Of course I'm still not close enough for my tastes but I'll keep plugging away at it and eventually it will get completed. A couple weeks ago I managed to add the trim to the corners on the outside of the shed and yesterday I did some gap sealing in the eaves. I used a can of spray on insulating foam to enclose the gaps. Now that I've done that I can add insulation to the inside eave areas. I have plenty of extra leftover from insulating the underside of our house.

The other thing that I need to do very soon is seal up any gaps around door and window trim areas as well as the corners. I want to get it ready for painting soon but I still haven't decided what colors I would like to use so any suggestions are welcome!

The recent floods didn't hurt the shed any. Water did rise up and flow underneath the shed and came in one side then went out the other. I went inside while it was raining to see exactly what was happening and saw a steady water flow. The water cleared out fast because of good drainage and everything should be fine. It does bring to mind a couple other tasks that need done either this summer or in the fall.
  • Implement a French drain on the west side of the shed.
  • Grade the ground to create more of a slope to the drainage areas. 
  • Build a small "rain" wall from concrete blocks to redirect the water down the aforementioned slope.
I'm hesitating to do much soil grading until fall because I would still like the area to be grass and fall is the best time to seed fescue and other cool season grasses.

Garden Shed
After I finished spraying the foam yesterday I went through and did some clean up inside the garden shed and put many of the leftover pieces of plywood in the rafters. I just can't bring myself to toss out anything that I could potentially use later! Just call me "Dave the pack-rat."

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