Shed Project

Roofs and Refuse

Well, it’s been a while since my last post, but I’ve come to the decision that the roof will need to be redone. Right now, there is corrugated steel sheeting nailed directly to the frame of the shed. Over time, water has begun to leak through the holes where the nails go through the sheeting and into the 2×4’s underneath.

After doing a bit of research on the web, it became clear that simply cleaning the existing steel roof, and painting it, would be too much work and would not last as long as a traditional asphalt-shingled roof with proper underlayment.

In addition, we’ve begun cleaning up the inside of the shed, and we moved-in a freezer that we found locally so we can start utilizing the Costco-sized frozen food. Each time we clean the shed, we fill both our garbage bin and our recycle bin. So, I guess that’s a good start. Furthermore, we have taken 3 Volvo-sized loads to Goodwill/Value Village.

It’s a process, but we’re making slow and steady progress . . .


Climate Control

My latest conundrum with the shed project is how we will keep it heated during the winter months and cool during the summer months. Seemingly, the best option is to install a heat-pump of some sort in one (or more) exterior walls. However, this introduces a hole in the wall that must be properly handled for fear of sound escaping through this conduit to the outside.

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S-box to allow the flow of air but dampen any sound leakage (in or out)

I assume copious amounts of acoustic caulk and insulation will help. I’ve also considered building a sound-dampening box in front of the unit to help reduce fan noise and sound leakage.

Essentially, it would be a rectangular frame with two opposing, short walls on the inside. The entire inside of the box would be lined with rigid fiberglass insulation or some other dense material to dampen escaping sound.


“The Shed”

Since December, 2013, I have been contemplating the feasibility of “upgrading” our shed to include a storage area, a multipurpose room that can be used as a “live” recording room, and an office area that will primarily function as a control room.

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Preliminary drawing for the shed, built on a concrete pad using Creosote posts with corrugated steel siding and roof

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“The Shed” – rusty roof and all. Don’t mind the princess bikes . . .

When I first started brainstorming about this project, I immediately conjured the ideal situation for a studio: completely soundproof, all rooms would be floated inside the structure, double-walls would be used throughout. However, the practicality of our situation prevailed. We need a functioning garage so that I can work on our vehicles, the largest room needs to function as a playroom/TV room so that we can have some additional space. Our house is small, and the additional space is much-needed.

In addition, my current job provides the opportunity to work from home. However, our small house has limited my ability to have an isolated, dedicated office space. Furthermore, my audio gear and my drums spend most of their time packed into a small armoire or in the garage instead of set-up and ready to go when I am inspired to record or sketch an idea.

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The 6th draft of shed plans. I definitely want a control room with non-parallel walls.

During the course of this project, I hope to find a balance between cost and practicality. I also want this to be a useful space for the family. After speaking with several friends who are in the construction business – in some form or another – and my grandfather, who has been a contractor for over 50 years, I have settled on a design that hopefully maximizes the use of this space for the family as well as a functioning project studio.

To find out more about this project please visit my Shed Page.


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