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Old 06-28-2010, 05:14 PM   #1
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Hello from Covington, WA


Hi everyone. I've been a single mother and homeowner for a long while now. I've built an addition to my deck, a backyard water feature and remodeled my kitchen.

The deck I did solo; the other two projects I had help with from my then significant other.

I want to build my own backyard garden shed. I have all the tools I think I need after completing my deck addition. I bought a terrific book with plans but as I'm reading through it, I realize how little I know about carpentry.



I'm looking forward to learning from all of you!

Shawnna

PS - here's a link to where I documented my deck work, which I completed myself.

http://shawnna.wordpress.com/category/deck-project/
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Old 07-05-2010, 02:07 PM   #2
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Hello from Covington, WA


Hi Shawnna. I'm new to this forum as well. I hope to find help on bath remodeling. While I'm waiting on a reply, maybe I can help you.
I needed extra storage/garage space, so I built a Menards big barn with their trusses. It turned out well and I only needed a little help from my son, with setting up trusses and hauling up sheets of plywood for roof. It really isn't that hard. I know you can do it.


[QUOTE=Shawnna;462609]Hi everyone. I've been a single mother and homeowner for a long while now. I've built an addition to my deck, a backyard water feature and remodeled my kitchen.

The deck I did solo; the other two projects I had help with from my then significant other.

I want to build my own backyard garden shed. I have all the tools I think I need after completing my deck addition. I bought a terrific book with plans but as I'm reading through it, I realize how little I know about carpentry.



I'm looking forward to learning from all of you!

Shawnna

PS - here's a link to where I documented my deck work, which I completed myself.

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Old 07-05-2010, 03:41 PM   #3
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Hello from Covington, WA


Hi Tudy. Thanks for the encouraging words!

I built a ramp for my lawnmower to go up 3 stairs today and bought the wood stakes and sisal rope to begin the foundation work of my shed.

I swing back and forth - almost daily - as to whether I should attempt this myself, or not.

The shed I really want is on the cover of Black & Decker's Contemporary Sheds book - with complete plans etc inside. Here's a cropped pic of it.



The style matches my house perfectly. It is 10 X 12 - a perfect size for where I want to build it in my backyard.

I just keep telling myself that if I take my time and follow directions, I can do it.

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Hello from Covington, WA


Welcome Shawnna.
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Old 07-15-2010, 09:47 AM   #5
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Hello from Covington, WA


Thank you so much!

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Hello from Covington, WA


I have made progress!!!

My goal this summer is to finish the foundation/floor. It took me a few weeks to even start as it seemed overwhelming for someone my age (50+) with no help but here's what I've been able to accomplish so far.

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Hello from Covington, WA


Shawna....I am so glad to have found your post! I popped on here today because I am a single 45 yo DIY female and I am contemplating building or buying a shed. I know in the back of my mind it is something I could handle but there is always the doubt. Having read your post I am definitely going for it! I am going to enjoy looking over your deck project postings and such that you share as well.

Hope you see this and that you are having a wonderful day.

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Hello from Covington, WA


Hi Elizabeth. Nice to hear from you!

I've documented my progress to date at this link.

http://shawnna.wordpress.com/2010/08...w-garden-shed/

Having injured my hands in an accident in 2007, I found that I was aggravating the pain so I hired a handyman to help me finish after I completed the framing.

Post pics of how your project goes! Good luck!
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Hello from Covington, WA


Wow! Fantastic job, Shawnna! Thanx for the step by step blog.
You've proven that anyone can take on a project, as long as they believe they can. We may or may not need a little help, but we CAN do it.

I am so happy for you and I know that you will be enjoying your gorgeous shed for many years to come.

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