Let’s be honest. Have you ever seen anyone make such a big deal out of a storage shed?
It’s not even a cute one. There’s no windows or sweet little window boxes. There’s no adorable cupola or even pretty flowers around it. And there isn’t even super cool organizing systems inside.
But, I admit it. I’m more than a little obsessed with this space.
The story of our shed started nearly two years ago when we decided we were going to add a deck to the back of the house.
I had plans. Big plans.
Plans that included a gazebo on the deck, and a portion of the deck to be a screened in porch for bug free dining, and a fully functioning workshop directly underneath, complete with electricity and direct home access. After receiving estimates that would require I sell a kidney, we scaled back.
We first ditched the gazebo idea, which was just as well because it would have looked too bulky for the space. Next came the screened in porch. I let go of that idea kickin’ and screamin’. We decided to just make the most of the space under the deck and called the contractor who built it last year to complete the work. After two unanswered phone calls and emails to him (that’s pretty typical behavior around here), in the spirit of true DIY’ers, we decided to tackle it ourselves.
We found someone to level the area and spread about 3″ of pea gravel down, and then we got to work. After installing 14 boards of OSB and staining them, we went from this…
to this. Don’t worry, this is Phase 1.
At about 1/3 the cost of standard plywood, OSB is a great budget friendly choice when aesthetics aren’t important, which is exactly the case here except for the outside which we covered with vinyl lattice.
Once the area was built, we got to work sorting through the tons of stuff Fisherman had. Let me tell you, it’s a miracle he was ever able to find anything, and in fact I know he purchased things over the years that he already had because he couldn’t find what he was looking for. Drove me crazy!
The room above, aka the ‘Man Cave’, is where we also had two very small storage rooms where all the stuff most people would store in their garage, attic, basement, shed, etc. had to reside.
It was horrendous.
See what I mean?
That workbench took up way too much space. I might have started a conga line the day we moved it into the shed. Yup. Pretty sure I did.
Moving all this stuff outside where it belongs freed up this space for MY stuff. Stuff that wasn’t getting used regularly in my craft room but that I still needed/wanted, so I’ve been busy getting all that organized. I even put a curtain in front of the ugly furnace. Yes. I. Did.
Take note of the ceiling in the pic below. That’s plastic, grooved panels readily available that were installed when the deck was constructed to keep water from infiltrating the ‘future’ shed. We still have some water coming in, especially when it rains really hard, and we’ll address that somehow, but for the most part it stays pretty dry. We put some tarps down because we quickly realized they would help keep the moisture build up at bay, then spent some time critter proofing it as best we could. One day I was in the shed and saw what I knew was a mouse under the tarps, trying to get out from under. He finally found his way out, looked up at me, and disappeared. Two seconds later I jumped when he crossed paths with a mouse trap.
Life in the country :/.
We picked this console up off the curb, and received nearly 15 linear feet of laminate counter top from a neighbor for free. (See below)
We purchased another console from Craigslist for $20 (solid walnut!) which was just the right height to work alongside some existing tables that we had and it gives us plenty of counter space to store stuff. We didn’t want to make holes in the house and the framing isn’t super sturdy so we opted to just use freestanding shelves for our storage needs.
We have one small light in the center, which isn’t nearly enough but we will add to that in the future.
See the garbage pail? We didn’t have a secure place to store it but now we do. Definitely a major consideration when you’re in bear country!
We needed to order the lattice. All they had in stock were dark brown, which looked way too dark, and white, which wouldn’t have worked at all.We were able to install the lattice fairly quickly, and called it a day.
Some of you know our house is a log cabin, so you may be wondering why this portion of the house is sided. The previous owners added on, and when they did so they did it this way, instead of logs. 🙁
I’m planning on softening up the lattice a bit with some vines, and am open to suggestions if you have any other ideas.
Now, it may not be what I had initially hoped for, it’s not going to get ooooohs and ahhhhhs (but feel free to do so), and it’s certainly not going to get pinned a hundred times, but I’m very, very, happy to have it! You can imagine what it was like having most of this stuff in two very tiny storage rooms in our basement for this self professed neat freak.
If you’ve got some dead space under a deck, seriously consider doing something like this. The entire cost for this storage space, which measures approximately 32×12, was just under $1,200. It’s not perfect, but I got to keep my kidney, and that’s a good thing.
In other news…
I’ve mentioned recently that I’m posting just once a week now on Sunday evenings, but I’m thinking for the next few weeks I might up the anty. Lots of you are busy planning your holiday menus, and I’ve got some awesome recipes that will make your friends think you’ve morphed into Giada DeLaurentis. Well, at least the cooking part. You’re on your own with the face and body. And the teeth? Don’t even get me started!
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Before I let you go, here’s one more picture I want to share. Can you guess what this is????