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Drift Freak's Man Cave

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Hi everyone,

So I decided to pull my finger out and put a build thread up of my favourite room in the house :) My partner and I bought our house a few years ago now and while shopping around I told her I didn't care what sort of house we bought (new or old) but the yard had to be big enough to build a suitable shed :) I suppose I'm extremely lucky because she agreed and we settled on our current aboad.

So as you can see by the following photos we had our work cutout (just a bit of an understatement!!)

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The third photo shows the backyard with the low lying shrubs etc removed and how many larger trees we had to remove, from the back door of the house you couldn't see the back fence it was that thick.

So with this out of the way we started excavating the slab area for the shed.

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As with most residential backyards space is tight, a little to tight for my liking when this big rig rolled in to remove the excavated soil for dumping LOL

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All in all we removed 11 truck loads of spoil (around 118t) and we were lucky enough to be able to bargain with the earthmover about the cost of excavation with a massive palm that we wanted gone, he eventually put it near his swimming pool :)

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So this took about a month to sort out to here and during this time it was summer, stinking hot and super dusty!!! Well things were about to change thats for sure.

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So from here we started on the retaining wall, what a job!!! Like I was saying the heavens opened and we ended up like this, workin ankle deep in sticky clay at the start of winter (not fun at all).

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The only help this turned out to be was that it made hand digging all the holes a little easier, although it doesn't soften the rock that I hit along the way. So the retaining wall finished up looking pretty good i thought, the only two mistakes we made along the way was not putting any reclining angle on the taller sections of the wall to accomdate for the weight of the wall once finished and not measuring one of the wall elngths properly and it left an exposed join along one wall (visible in the second photo below)

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With that done the slab was next, I got a pro in to do this as the stirrups for the shed were set into the concrete and I didn't want to stuff that up haha. I just went with the recommended concreter from the shed supplier.

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Now to save on the total cost of the build I opted to erect the shed myself with the help of my old man and father-in-law....... FARK what a job!!! Due to none of us ever putting a shed up we struggled at first to get our heads around the jigsaw pzzle that a kit shed is but once we had a start it came together really well (although really slow, considering we could only work for around an hour after work during the week and over the weekends when everyone wasn't doing other things) but the positive side was we were coming out of winter and the weather was starting to clear and the days getting longer :)

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This is how it looks now :)

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So with the outside being finished I started on the work bench, I decide to put it in the middle bay of the shed as the shed is 7m deep I had extra room at the front of a car to work at the bench. I wanted something fairly heavy duty so I could fix things in the vice and literally swing of it if need be.

So I decided to use 40x40x3mm box tube fully welded with 20mm ply top cover and backing. I also got the local sheetmetal supplier to fold up a gal bench top to provide cover from any damage. I also attached it to the wall with some gal tech screws to stop it moving.

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Over the last few years I realised that I was out of floor space and stuuf needed to be stored somewhere. So I built a mezzanine level. I decided to use the same materials the frame of the shed is built out of as this retains the original look and provides enough strength to support a few hundred kilos of CRAP!!!

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This photo shows the span beam and also the dropper used to provide support and strength to the floor. It ties the whole triangular frame together and creates a really strong platform to build the rest of the floor from.

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This photo shows the outside beams that the main floor beams attach to

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This one shows the floor beams installed, I probably went a bit over board but I thought if I need to put something real heavy up there one day then i don't want to be modifying anything down the track.

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This photo shows the floor installed and just how much darker this corner of the shed is now. Ive got to sort some lights out for under here but because I use it as a storage corner I'm not fazed at the moment.

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Cheers Rian, I'm pretty happy with how its turned out, I also since installed a hoist and bought a decent welder. Like my old man always says to me 'things like tools and buildings are investments for the future and you should always buy the best that you can afford so you don't buy things twice' :) pretty wise words I reckon considering hes still got his first tool set he bought in his early 20's.

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smart man and great advice from the humble wise one

 

congrats on the buy and nice DIY work

 

it would seem the shed now houses misc items and no car/s haha

 

usually the way with things

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Yeah buzz440 lots of 'miscellaneous items' but these photos are a little old. I've got my KE10 with beams conversion (http://www.rollaclub.com/board/topic/54478-ke11-beams/page__st__270) in there and my neighbours KE26 (he is in the process of sortin his shed out and I didn't want the old girl out in the weather :) but yeah I'm fast running out of space lol

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So recently I decided I didn't have enough storage in the yard and my shed had become very cluttered. I spoke with the boss and she agreed (well blow me over). We then agreed that the area next to the shed would be better off as storage rather than an unused grassed area. So I organised my mates mini-excavator and hired a mini tipper to remove the excess dirt from the area.

 

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The next thing to be done was build a new retainer wall before the predicted rains began to fall and I potentially lost my fence due to the new excavation being so close to the fence (thank god that never eventuated and the wall went up without issue).

 

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As it sits now is how you see it, I am hoping to have this finished by the end of the weekend. This will allow me to get my camper trailer out of the shed and me reclaim some more workspace :)

 

I have also made some changes inside the shed so more photos to come people :)

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Haha extensions, happy days,

 

Do you need a setback variation or you are the 1500 from the boundary line if you can find it,

 

Also any chance of run off from the neighbors yard during rain, don't want shed to flood, or some drainage

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Nice work on the retaining wall and the mezzanine! Looks like a quality job

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