Flashback Friday: Building the Shed, Week 2

It’s Friday! Gracias a Dios es Viernes (Thank God it’s Friday)! I had a Colombian coworker once and he was determined to teach me Spanish, that’s one of the few things I remember lol. πŸ™‚ It is a glorious 60 degrees on this beautiful Spring morning (60 degrees at 8 in the morning! This is what I live for.) and there’s a chance of some thunderstorms this afternoon. I LOVE a good thunderstorm, as long as they aren’t damaging.

I thought I’d post another Flashback Friday on the shed construction. This week I’m going to share all the fun of framing! Yes, it’s as exciting as it sounds. πŸ™‚

So I have to mention that I’m not a construction expert, my Dad is but I’m definitely not. I’m describing things the best that I can but I may get it a little wrong sometimes. πŸ™‚

Here we go!


Early on a Saturday morning we went to the store and bought the framing material. That’s a lot of lumber! We’re ready to do some building!


Dad got the first wall laid out. There’s a sill plate, top plate, and wall studs.


The first two walls are up! These are the side walls, each wall has a window to allow for airflow inside the shed on warm days.


All four walls are up and we got the ridge pole in place, now Dad is marking off where the rafters will go.


The rafters are all up! It’s starting to look like a little building now. πŸ™‚


Between each of the rafters we put in bird block (the 2×4’s you see between each rafter). This closes the shed up more and will keep critters out.


Once I determined how much of an overhang I wanted, Dad was able to cut the rafter tails.


On the inside of the shed we installed rafter brackets to secure the rafters to the top plate. It just holds everything together a little better. You can also see the inside of the bird block between the rafters.


Putting up the roof purlins (the boards that you can see running horizontally across the rafters) and sub-fascia was a two man job (me and my Dad) so I didn’t get any pics of it being done but you get the idea. Purlins and sub-fascia are up! πŸ™‚


We put in collar braces (again, they just hold it all together a little more). You can also really see the purlins in this pic. The shed has a metal roof so we installed purlins instead of roof sheathing like you would if you were putting on a shingle roof.

So that’s pretty much all of the framing work. We did most of the framing over two weekends. We didn’t have plans that we were following, I just decided how big I wanted the shed to be and then decided how many windows I wanted and where, then we determined how wide the door would be. Dad took those measurements and did all the framing. Knowing someone with a construction background goes a long way when you’re building a homestead but with practice and a little patience anyone can do it, I promise!

I’ll share more on the shed construction next week, now I’m off to plant some trees (remember those 175 trees I got? I’m still working on that lol. πŸ™‚ ). Happy Friday!



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