a few weekends ago, when pierre deconstructed our old shed, we found out that the patio stones it had been sitting upon were supported by nothing more than dirt ‘n’ bricks. we had hoped the stones would be secure and level enough to just plop our new shed right on top, but deep down we knew the responsible thing to do was build a new pad for our new shed.
in order to execute this project properly, we called on my not-so-secret weapon: dad.
dad arrived early on a saturday morning. (he told us he’d “be there early,” but when he knocked on our door at 8am we were both still sound asleep.) soon after arriving, dad surveyed our land and declared it seriously not level. pierre’s plan to dig down, tamp, add gravel, tamp, and add patio stones was tossed aside in favour of building an industrial strength sandbox, which would retain the soil, screenings, stones, and shed — keeping them from washing away until long after we’d sold this house.
the boys spent some time leveling a 12′ x 12′ area. we needed 10′ x 8′ for the shed, room for the box structure, and space for a beach rock border, which would look nice and keep the weeds down. they trenched the area that would hold the beams to make the box.
we bought five 6″ x 6″ x 12′ beams: two for the back of the box since our yard slopes so much and three to complete the sqaure. pierre notched the beams using a skill saw and a chisel so that the pieces would fit together like a puzzle. once in place, the beams were going to be held together using rebar and 10″ nails, so here pierre is pre-drilling some holes for the rebar.
using the holes that pierre predrilled, here’s dad using a baby sledge to drive the rebar into the ground. he’s just taking a little break — while the day started out nice and cool it would up being a really long, hot day for throwing patio stones and beams around.
day 2 occurred a few nights later, when dad showed up with a pick-up truck full of beach rock. i helped lay the weed barrier around the border while dad dumped wheel barrows full of rock around the edges.
we had a jungle behind our old shed, so we’re trying to keep that from happening again. any weeds that get through the weed barrier and a 1/2 yard of beach rock deserve an award.
the guys laid 10′ pipe in the box to use as a leveling agent. the patio stones were 2″ thick, so we needed to level the screenings to the top of the pipe in order to make the stones flush with the top of the frame.
the weather cooperated and it rained a few days ago, so all the screenings were able to settle before the contractors arrived to build the shed yesterday. yep, the shed is up, too, and we’re really happy with it! 10′ x 8′ was the perfect size to go with — really spacious (probably the only space on our property that we can “grow into”) but it doesn’t overpower the yard at all. the shed does need to be organized with some peg boards and shelving as well as painted, but i’m motivated to get it done.
you know what else i’m motivated to do? get rid of the giant mountain of soil that was excavated out of the pad area. if anyone needs some free, sandy soil, leave a comment and we can work something out (plus you’d get to see the shed before anyone else!)