We began construction on ‘shed one’ as soon as we closed on the property. In fact, we began dropping off materials for it before closing. With a growing collection of tools and supplies we wanted to protect from nature, we needed some secure storage. Credit goes to Doug Helmsing for the brilliant idea to build the walls in four-foot sections, allowing easy rearrangement of walls to meet our future needs. This added an extra stud in a traditional eight-foot section, but also allowed for the later incarnations of the structure. We used 2 X 4 pressure-treated bottom plates and Hardiboard all-weather panels from Home Depot. Three-foot lifters and a 1/12 pitch allowed us to create the roof from sixteen-foot pieces of corrugated tin sheet goods anchored with screws and moisture washers. We put a garage door on one end and a standard three-foot metal door on the other end. With final dimensions of twelve feet by 32 feet, shed one lived in the front of the cave until we began our work on the foundation and plumbing.
Shed two came about so we could access the out-of-date orange-burr plumbing and cut into the concrete for the foundation. At twelve feet by sixteen feet, the smaller footprint allowed us to cut into the concrete floor.
We needed to open up the space in the front of the cave significantly for construction. At eight feet by four feet, this shed served just to lock up the expensive stuff. No reason to invite trouble. ...
The fourth and final incarnation, it served as a security wall across the front of the job site.
No More Shed…
After removing the Hardiboard which we gave away on Freecycle, most of the structure from the shed took its final resting place as walls on the second floor.