I bought the plans about 13 months ago (funny... it seemed like a year and a half) but had to put off building when my contract job came to an end Aug 2012. I took a job in the Middle East and last month went home for vacation. After moving my son to Klamath Falls, OR with his new wife I got home to my wife who just had back surgery and prepared to begin the build. I had 17 days left so I began in a fury.
September brought rain that hounded the build from the beginning but I persisted and set the barn on skids and blocks. I leveled and squared without any help which probably sounds normal, but this was my first such project and quite a feat for me.
I had purchased the skids 13 months prior but one warped and to save time ordering one again I purchased a 4x6 p/t.
I chose to buy p/t band boards with untreated joists placed at 1ft intervals using hurricane ties and coated screws.
I opted for inch and a quarter tongue and groove ply. Who knew that would leave a 3/4 inch gap on the side so I cut away 11 inches and bought an extra sheet to cover the deck to the edge. I treated the deck two days before a downpour that caught me off guard. Whew!
I built the front and back walls and painted. Since the front wall was on deck I stood it up . I trimmed all the bottoms to match the band boards. I should have swept the sawdust off but didn't. It's still there.
12 good friends came over and we put up the walls and trusses in
50 minutes. I did the loft under work lights myself and finished at
11pm. I used 6inch lag bolts to bind the trusses to the walls and
3inchers to bind the loft joists to the trusses.
I also bought a tarp in case of rain on day one. Good thing.
Friends helped to nail in the loft plywood.
The roof and fly wings done, I scrambled to finish other things and worked right up to one hour before departing back to the Middle East. Another couple of days and I think I could have gotten the roof done.
I put in a quick ladder to the loft and a 12'x2' work bench with two shop lights. One on the workbench and one above the entry area.
I also put in steps and the doors are quite a site. Good friends are hard to find and mine finished the roof and added the anti-ice edge for my area. Some things will wait till I get back next summer, but I got these pics to drool over until then.
One old carpenter who has built three homes by himself in days
gone by said he has never seen such a great first construction project
as my barn. Everyone is quite impressed and I just love it.
Of course, the real secret was the plans from the Shed King. Six bucks is a steal for all the details covered in the plans and additional info on the web site.
Thanks a bunch.
Walla Walla, WA
Rod, thank you for purchasing my 12x16 barn shed plans! What a wonderful job you did in the construction of this small barn, and thank you so much for taking the time to submit photos of all your hard work.