Building Bliss

The Storage Shed on a Skid Foundation

In the process of preparing to build our house, first of all the building site had to be cleared - of a mobile home, that we live in.

Building Bliss - a moveable shed on skids

Storage sheds seem to be our specialty, with recycling materials scrounged and salvaged from various carpentry jobs and demolition projects being lovingly reused.

Building Bliss was necessary to contain the overflow of the mobile while it's moved, while still having access in case we need the various things in storage is crucial.  Having on site storage for our household goods in much better than renting a storage unit, for instance. 

The best part?  This little shed can be used for overflow accommodation for visitors (with a bit of renovation), or moved to a better site whenever we like, because we built it with a skid foundation.

The site for building this storage shed is actually the original house site, which we didn't have the budget for building on this year - making a shed on skids so it can be moved in the future is the answer.

We had a few salvaged materials to choose from, some reused from The Tallyman Shack, as well as logs felled on the property, so two of those made up the skid portion of the project;  see more details:

Preparation of the site...Site preparation - two logs are selected and trimmed to the right length - in this case, 10' long as the building itself will be 8' square - these will be the skid foundation
The framework2x6" framework is squared up and screwed into the logs. Leveling with shims and lumber ensures that the floor of the building will be level.
Floor joists in place...Installing the floor joists cut to length.
Walls prefabricated ready to move to the sitePre-fabbed walls are light enough to move with people power...these had holes drilled into the bottom plate, and castors were put on to make them easier to move uphill.
Walls in place and braced internally to hold them square...Walls are all in place, screwed to the edges of the flooring. Interior bracing holds everything square...
The roof structureRoof rafters salvaged from the demolition of The Tallyman Shack are installed one at a time to the front and back headers
Lock up - still needing a door, the front is covered with a tarpFinally - just in time for a rainstorm, lock up!
It's official - the sign says so...The name says it all - it's blissful to have a project all coming together...

There's more to Bliss than just a shed; she's been put to use as an experimental station to test out different ideas for siding.  There is nothing quite so fun as this type of siding for a funky shack. We also used old canning jar lids to make fish scale detail (this link opens in a new window).

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