Not An Architect


There was already a shed in the garden, when we bought the house, ten years ago, but it was on its “last legs” even then. I coaxed and patched it up for a while but, by this year, it was clearly overdue for replacement. The roof was too rotten to hold a felting nail and the bottom of the frame and the bottom rails were virtually dust. My plan was to replace it with something, if not rot free, at least highly rot resistant. So I scrounged some old racking steelwork from work. I thought: if the new shed has a steel frame, I can always re-skin it with new wood.
In my mind, it was all so simple. The frame would just bolt together like a meccano kit. Skinning it would be child’s play. How wrong I was.

First, the racking steelwork will bolt together quickly and easily if you’re building racking.  Trying to turn it into something else is, not surprisingly, something else.  I didn’t think it through well.  After several false starts I had cut up my steel and I still couldn’t see how it would go together.

The original plan was for an apex roof, which I threw out, because it was unnecessarily complex, in favour of a single pitch.

With a wooden frame, fitting a shiplap skin is a doddle: you simply nail it on to the uprights.  When your uprights are steel, you can’t do that.  So now I have pieces of wood inside the upright steel sections.  It remains to be seen how easy it will be to nail to those.  I may have to screw each one, which will take three times as long.

I will get there in the end.  And I will have a quality, rot resistant shed.  But what a palaver in the interim!  I took down the original shed in May.  So it has taken me six months to get this far.  I am definitely not an architect!


About micklively

Fifty-something, pacifist, six sigma black belt, lean implementer, brewer, vintner, guitarist, wood-turner, and slave to collies.
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8 Responses to Not An Architect

  1. Pingback: Shiny Shed | The Step Back

  2. First of all, let me say what a good lookin set of pins this gal has…I mean she’s sleek, fit…I feel she requires a name depicting her soon to be, stellar shed-like qualities, like Alexandra the Great, or the Empress Eugenia.
    Of course, being your shed and all, you know she’ll have a sense of humor so maybe Bubbles or Cuddles might be better 🙂

    • micklively says:

      Her pins are soon to be shrouded in shiplap. I like your name suggestions. I thought of Frankenshed (given that she’s a homunculus of bits from elsewhere); Blarney (after the GSOH you mention); Orthanc (a bit of a literary reference); or Dunkirk (because she will be my retreat).

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  4. Arkenaten says:

    I have a nice metal shed with a concrete base – it was here when we bought – but the ”pool shed” which houses an ancient giant filter and the motor for the koi pond is falling to bits daily.
    As I don’t need the pool house/shed I am seriously thinking of demolishing entirely before it topples over or collapses of its own volition and building a small brick affair just to house the pump and keep the electrics dry.
    Of course, when I say build I mean tell/hire someone to do it as the only thing handy about me is I live here.

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