The build

29th June
2009
written by Dom

OK – I’ve booked a week off work: 6th-10th July to try and get as much of the shed done as possible. It remains to be seen exactly how much I’m actually going to manage to get done, but I’m committed now! Getting quotes for the Kingspan/OSB board and I reckon it’s gonna be close to my budget (forgot that I’d need to factor in OSB for the inside as well as the outside of my OSB/Kingspan sandwich(!) Anybody know a good skip supplier in Liverpool? My boss has only given me the time off on the condition that I get a web-cam up – dunno about that, but I will of course be blogging the build as I go – just hope the weather stays good!

7th June
2009
written by Dom
My first sketchup render - it's all to scale - but I don't know about the roller shutter yet

My first sketchup render - it's all to scale - but I don't know about the roller shutter yet

OK – it’s not an ecospace studio yet(!) – just the first stab at seeing how the windows fit into the overall space I’ve got – and I don’t reckon it’s too bad. I plan on building the walls out of a sandwich of “kingspan” insulated foam panels glued to sheets of weatherproof Oriented Strand Board (OSB3). They’ll be hung from 4inch square timber posts sunk in concrete post-holders at the four corners and butting up to either side of the doors. I’ll then clad the whole lot in cedar (if I can afford it).

I plan on insulating the floor of the office section with more kingspan and making the roof out of the same kingspan/OSB sandwich. I’m in two minds about felting the roof or putting a sedum “living roof” up there – again price will be the key. I welcome your comments! (click the “0 Comments”) link below.

You can download the Google sketchup shed model itself here (Google sketchup is a free download for mac and pc available from here)

31st May
2009
written by Dom
Here it is... and it's not all depth of field - it really is pretty wonky.

Here it is... and it's not all depth of field - it really is pretty wonky.

So, I thought I’d show you what I’m up against. This is the shed as it stands in all it’s Yozzer Hughes glory. Part of the problem I’m going to have is that I need to keep it standing for as long as possible – it’s full of junk and spiders which I really don’t want migrating into the back room.

I went round with a tape measure and was amused to find out that every single dimension is different 😉 It’s 82″ tall at the front, 76″ tall at the back and various widths along its length. I’m particularly intrigued that the roof seems to slope, yet the walls are the same height – which means the floor slopes I guess!

The one positive I thought I could draw from the whole process – that I was building my shed on a concrete floor, has kinda been knocked away as I realised that the floor itself slopes, so I’m going to have to cut a channel to build my brick base onto… A worry, coz I think i’m going to have to hire one of those scary concrete cutting saws you see them chopping roads up with…>>gulp<<

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