She Shed: Part 2 of the Backyard Makeover

By July 8, 2016June 15th, 2018DIY Projects, Home DIY, Home Page Categories

The building of the She Shed has begun. Have you dreamed of a space of your own? A space to read, relax or even entertain? We are sharing with you the step-by-step process of our She Shed and Backyard Makeover.

SHE SHED: BACKYARD MAKEOVER -- Need a space to call your own? Follow along as we share the building of the shed - turn it into a Farmhouse She Shed and give the Backyard a much needed Makeover!

Whew! The past few days have been hectic around here. But I wanted to take the opportunity to thank everyone for helping us out and voting for the GAF shingles we are going to be using to finish off my She Shed. I’m so excited that we are finally moving forward with the backyard makeover that I want to show you the progress we have made.

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Just a quick note on the gorgeous Sienna® Shingles  you picked out for us. The shingles feature uncompromising performance and timeless beauty at a fraction of the cost of expensive slate or wood shakes.

SHE SHED: BACKYARD MAKEOVER -- Need a space to call your own? Follow along as we share the building of the shed - turn it into a Farmhouse She Shed and give the Backyard a much needed Makeover!

Nick was home for the weekend to celebrate Casey’s birthday so we took advantage of the extra help to really clean up the backyard. As you can see there was plenty of work to be done.

Doug and Nick removed the evergreen tree in the corner that had severe winter damage, cleared the fence line and removed most of the stones. Some were just too big to move by hand so we decided that they would make a great backdrop for the landscaping that we will add after the shed is built.

SHE SHED: BACKYARD MAKEOVER -- Need a space to call your own? Follow along as we share the building of the shed - turn it into a Farmhouse She Shed and give the Backyard a much needed Makeover!

And talk about perfect timing, as we were doing the cleanup the shed was delivered.

SHE SHED: BACKYARD MAKEOVER -- Need a space to call your own? Follow along as we share the building of the shed - turn it into a Farmhouse She Shed and give the Backyard a much needed Makeover!

So I thought I’d go through the steps we have taken so far.

SHE SHED: BACKYARD MAKEOVER -- Need a space to call your own? Follow along as we share the building of the shed - turn it into a Farmhouse She Shed and give the Backyard a much needed Makeover!

Step 1: Unpacking the Shed

First we unpacked the shed parts. The directions with our shed recommended taking inventory of the pieces  as you unpacked them.YES, do this. Not only will you be sure you have all the pieces but it will speed up the build process later on. And the first boards needed are on the bottom anyway, hmmm, I wonder if they do that for a reason.

So the first thing we did was build the framework for the floor. Doug built it on our driveway since it was the nearest level place to where we are going to situate the She Shed.

SHE SHED: BACKYARD MAKEOVER -- Need a space to call your own? Follow along as we share the building of the shed - turn it into a Farmhouse She Shed and give the Backyard a much needed Makeover!

Step 2: Building the Floor Frame

Next we moved onto preparing the foundation of the She Shed. We discussed several options for building the foundation and finally decided we would use the same style of foundation as we had constructed a few years ago when we built our pallet deck.

A simple block and beam foundation is not only easy and inexpensive to install, it’s the type of foundation recommended for these types of buildings.

Let’s see how it’s done…

SHE SHED: BACKYARD MAKEOVER -- Need a space to call your own? Follow along as we share the building of the shed - turn it into a Farmhouse She Shed and give the Backyard a much needed Makeover!

Step 3: Setting the Floor Framework in place

Next we carried the floor framework over and placed it where we wanted the she shed to be, then we marked the outside of the corners with spray paint. And then marked the locations of the cross members (4″x 4″x 10′) according to the directions for our shed.

SHE SHED: BACKYARD MAKEOVER -- Need a space to call your own? Follow along as we share the building of the shed - turn it into a Farmhouse She Shed and give the Backyard a much needed Makeover!

Step 4: Setting the Footers for the Shed

Then we marked the locations of our footers. We are using half concrete blocks for the footers, they are 8″x 8″x 8″ and when placed no more than 48 inches apart, they provide the necessary support along with the 4″x 4″ treated timbers.

Next determine the level that you want the floor of your shed to set. This may be anywhere from ground level to 12 inches above ground level. Any higher than that and you will need to have a whole different foundation.

Once you have determined at what level your floor will be, add together the thickness of your floor along with the thickness of the rest of your foundation pieces, (timbers and blocks).

To place the half concrete blocks dig a hole at each of the locations marked, dig deep enough to allow you to add 2 inches of either stone paver base and your concrete blocks and timbers.

SHE SHED: BACKYARD MAKEOVER -- Need a space to call your own? Follow along as we share the building of the shed - turn it into a Farmhouse She Shed and give the Backyard a much needed Makeover!

Step 5: Set the blocks

Select a corner and start leveling your 4″x 4″x 10 foot treated timbers using a 4 foot level. You’ll add or remove paver base to level. Then work your way around and level all the treated timbers.

SHE SHED: BACKYARD MAKEOVER -- Need a space to call your own? Follow along as we share the building of the shed - turn it into a Farmhouse She Shed and give the Backyard a much needed Makeover!

Step 6: Attach Floor Framework to Base

Then we attached the floor framework to the treated timbers with 3 inch screws.

SHE SHED: BACKYARD MAKEOVER -- Need a space to call your own? Follow along as we share the building of the shed - turn it into a Farmhouse She Shed and give the Backyard a much needed Makeover!

Step 7: Attach the decking to the Floor Framework

Next we laid the 3/4 inch OSB decking and secured with 2 inch nails and screws.

SHE SHED: BACKYARD MAKEOVER -- Need a space to call your own? Follow along as we share the building of the shed - turn it into a Farmhouse She Shed and give the Backyard a much needed Makeover!

Step 8: Paint the decking with Primer 

Since we knew that it was going to take us a couple of weeks to build the She Shed, Doug decided to paint the top and underside of the OSB with a primer/sealer to protect it from the weather. Just in case we got delayed because of rain.

SHE SHED: BACKYARD MAKEOVER -- Need a space to call your own? Follow along as we share the building of the shed - turn it into a Farmhouse She Shed and give the Backyard a much needed Makeover!

Keep up to date —

Well that  brings us up to date on our progress for the She Shed build. Now we are off to get the gorgeous Sienna® Shingles  you picked out for us.

Over the course of the next 6 weeks we’ll be building a She Shed complete with GAF Roofing Products. GAF has earned the Women’s Choice Award consecutively since 2012 because they’re highly recommended by 9 out of 10 contractors and their female customers.  When choosing what roofing products to use, they were a no-brainer for this project.

Stay connected with us as we keep you updated on our progress. We’ll keep you updated with occasional posts here and across all of our social media. We will also be sharing the process on Facebook live chats so you can get in on all the action. Follow along with #HHSheShed

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