Mr. Décor recently customized a standard shed he bought in a box at a home improvement store.
The shed was created for an area of the side yard that was a complete eyesore. The reason he needed to customize the shed is that the area measured just 7 feet wide.
He first cleaned up the area and then laid out a pattern that would allow the doors to be opened and items moved in and out of the shed with ease. He determined that a shed measuring approximately 8’ wide by 3’ deep would work the best in the space.
A problem arose in that the basic sheds available at most home improvement stores have only standard sizes available. Custom sized sheds were way beyond our budget. So, he decided to customize a standard shed and purchased the Arrow Newburgh shed on special for $199.00. In addition, he received a military discount which brought the shed down to $179.00. The final price with tax was $193.32. Out of the box the shed measured 8’ wide by 6’ deep.
Mr. Décor laid out all of the shed’s pieces in the backyard and determined that by removing one metal panel from each side of the shed, as well as one panel from each side of the gabled roof, would result in a shed that would measure 3’ 2” by 8’.
The first step was to construct a platform to rest the shed on and help protect it from the elements. It was built with plywood and two by four’s.
The platform was then painted with exterior paint we had on hand to help protect the wood. It was then put in the side yard on level ground. Room was left to work. Final positioning of the platform and shed occurred later.
The metal pieces were laid out on the base, measured and then it was time to make the cuts.
He used this tool found at Harbor Freight Tools for less than $10.
Here is a close up of one of the pieces after it was cut.
The metal skeleton base was laid out but not secured to the wooden platform until later for easier positioning into place. The walls inserted into the new base fairly easily by just eliminating one panel from each of the two end sides.
Here is the center metal support and four corners in place.
The remaining panels were then inserted.
A close up of the interior.
The center roof support beam which was also shortened.
A panel was removed from each side of the gabled roof in order to shorten the shed to our desired depth.
Voila! The finished shed measures 8’ wide by 3’ 2” deep. After the shed was positioned in its final resting area the metal skeleton was attached securely to the wooden platform using the leftover panel screws.
A final note: the shed was constructed prior to learning that we would be moving. However, it has come in very handy. In preparation for moving we have placed our condo, located near ASU, on the market. The Fashionista had been living in the condo but has now moved back home. While we had a garage sale for a large portion of the contents of the condo our daughter’s remaining items that couldn’t fit in her bedroom are being stored temporarily in this great shed.
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