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I've built (well, still kinda building) a 16x24 shed on a tight budget. Taken a long time because I scrounge for cheap or free stuff...yard sales, flea markets, neighbors, friends, dumpster diving, classifieds. Also, I did 99% of it by myself. Got $2400 in it.

Site was where previous homeowner had an above ground pool. Packed, level sand. Found the 8x8x16 blocks for .25 each (95). Used PT 2x4 as floor joists. Built in (4) 8x12 sections for ease of movement and economy of lumber. Very stable with so many foundation blocks.

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I tied the 4 sections together with 1/2" bolts.

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Subfloor is 3/4" PT plywood. Used 3 1/2" deck screws (also on the previous floor joists)...I like better than nailing.

The cat is the jobsite foreman...just looks and doesn't do squat to help.

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Wall studs up. I premade the headers when horizontal. Used the support studs as top plates later on. Bolted wall studs thru the floor joists with 1/2" bolts for strength.

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Looks good all them blocks should allow you to put alot of weight in it, but i see one problem you have the blocks the wrong way they should be turn over.
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Trusses up. I made them 2 sided (no bottom horizontal member) with strong gussets attaching them...I wanted a cathedral ceiling. Used the lawn tractor to pull 1/2' plywood roof decking over the center beam...very easy with someone guiding it up. Someone suggested it here...maybe Jody.


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T1-11 siding up. Roof felt and asphalt. Windows are free storm windows put on inside. Doors are just cutouts framed.

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Stain on. Got 5 gal semi transparent mistinted redwood for $15 at home depot...added some brown pigment to tone down the red and give it more solid appearance. Got 4 carriage lights at flea market for $2. Painted them black.

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Put motion sensor floods on each gable end (also hooked the 4 carriage lights up to a motion sensor). Are 8 lights enough? Should I go for 12 or 16? LOL

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It's still cold in TN...need the kerosene heater. Got the cabinets, base unit and carpet from a construction job I was working...amazing what hospitals throw out because they wanted a different color.

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Good work ---- How much you got into this building, Doug.

Really nice work --- How long has it taken you to complete this far? How many workdays?
 

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Facing north at the double doors. (previous interior was facing south). Put the essentials in...(2) 20 amp circuits, cable TV, phone, cat5 cable for internet...notice tractorforum.com on the monitor...LOL. Some other cost cutters...kitchen stool was $1, gable vents were $2 at ACE, box fans were free because they needed lubing, 3 night stands stacked at back left were free-dumpster diving.

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Doug, you do some VERY VERY nice work! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: When can you come up here to Land Between the Lakes and build mine:question: :question: :question: ;) :D Sharp lookin' shed.
 

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Door was free from a neighbor pulling...needed sanding/painting. The skylight was NOT planned. I cut the siding out for the door and put the door up and there was 6" of air...I'm like HUH?!?!? Hmmm...measure once and cut twice? Anyway, I found some plexiglass.

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That is a nice shed. Looks like you got a small fortune in kero heaters! It don't get that cold in TN, does it? :D Anyway, congrats...now the fun part is filling it up with everything.

My shed is 16' x 14'. That extra 10' would come in real handy! Enjoy!

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Put a little roof over the double doors.

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Jody, yes, they are stronger the other way but I won't have much weight in there and I wanted less of a sinkage problem.

Andy, $2400. 6 months working sporatically....now, it was usable with roof on in 1 month. Oh, probably, 40 workdays solo.

Chief, thanks.

Greg, thanks. Lows in the 30s in early April....cold for us. The kero heaters were 3 for $10 at a flea market...2 needed wick adjustment/lube, one needed a $12 wick.

If you are real patient and like scrounging, you could do it for less. Me, I'd rather go to a flea market, yard sale than have an expensive dinner.
 

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Man Doug it looks great you did a great job on it i like ti roof over the double door. Looks like yo have lots of room.
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