Jake and Karen's house...
...the progress

backyard: current photos; fence; shed; patio

Once the fence was in, Jake got to work on building a shed. We liked the 5-sided shed that we've seen on some web sites and a few kits at building stores. The kits are very expensive and we were able to build it for about 1/4 the price of a typical kit with better materials and fully customized to our needs. We visited a few display models to get some construction details as we were not working from any kind of plan. This a fully custom shed. It is 8x8 with one side cut off for the door.

Area on the grass is marked off with string. This is where it's going to go.

The excavation begins.

Our friend Keith came to help. I don't think he expected to be using a pick-axe. The soil around here is clay so it's hard to get through.

Limestone screening in foundation.

Foundation skid. All the points touching the bottom is pressure treated. Patio slabs sit in the limestone screening for additional stability.


Framing begins.

Framing layed out.


Hub for roof. This is twice the size and therefore strong than any kit we saw. The roof type is called a hipped roof. This means that we have no ceiling joists and a very high ceiling.

First hip rafter with bird's mouths, attached to the hub.

The roof begins. This took a lot of calculation and research.

Hip rafters .

The hurricane strength ties for the roof.

Hip rafters completed.


Siding completed.

Jack rafters attached to hip rafters. Again, slow process, required lots of calculations and research. This is Jake's first roof after all.

Framed, roof rafters and siding complete.

Roof sheathing.


Roofing paper.


Shingling in the rain.

Window trimmed out. The windows were a donation from our neighbour. It used to be their windows from their front door which they replaced with stain glass. $avings!

Odie climbed the ladder more than once.

Partially painted and fitting the door for hinges. An important note: when designing something like this, find out what the standard door heights are otherwise you'll have a heck of a time finding stock items. We initially expected to get a used door at a Restore but found nothing. We had to cut down a french door to make it fit. We went slightly beyond the recommended cut but we had no choice as nothing was available unless we wanted to spend several hundred on a custom door.

The door is a pine french door. It is caulked, primed and painted, hopefully it holds up against the elements.

Door installed, painting ongoing.

Aerial shot.

Cutout for vent.

Vent installed



Inside looking out.

Inside. Note the ceiling height and no ceiling joists needed.

Odie and Suzy checking it out.

Inside, lots and lots of storage.

In the winter. It has held up fine, no leaking, moisture, creaking.