Upsized to 8x4

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 11/25/2016 - 17:26

Ended up making mine 8x4 to fit between 2 windows on the side of the house. I put in a paver base and then built a 2x4 floor with three quarter inch plywood. 

I drew everything our first so I knew what to order from HD. I followed the plans basically but used 2x4s in the frame of the walls and back. I just used plywood on the back wall. We also can't get cedar fence planks in south Florida, only 6 ft pine pickets, so I made due. 

The roof I had to measure once the frame was up, just to be sure.  Also used a 2x6 as the cross brace on the front...wanted to make sure it was strong enough to prevent the doors from pulling in and sagging, since they're bigger. 

Tools:. Pocket hole jig is a must. And I did this completely solo, so air nailers were a 100% must. Frame nailer and Brad nailer with various size nails. I still may add angled brace 2x4 across the top interior to hold the square. Shingled the roof and added a little $9 solar powered light bulb, with a little panel wired to the roof. Works well. Still needs sealed and shingles trimmed but I get a lot of compliments on this thing. Turned out very impressive. 

Cost of everything.....around $400. Time, doing it solo seriously took like 3 days...probably about 25 hours for everything excluding paver base. 

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
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