10 minutes to midnight

Since 1947, a theoretical clock has been maintained indicating how close the world is to global disaster.  When I was younger, it was purely based on the threat of a nuclear war, and in my lifetime, got within 3 minutes of midnight. (1984).

In my head, I have been maintaining another clock – one that is set for the arrival of a new shed.  For the past few months, it has edged closer, slipped back, up, and down.  Overall though, it has been trending in the right direction and it is slowly getting ever closer.  You may be thinking you keep hearing about the shed and its lack of arrival – but think of it from my perspective!

However, having made it to the 10 minute mark, I have started daring to really visualise the shed, inside and out.  Not just planning it and the practicalities of moving the project forward, but really visualising what it will be like to stand inside, looking around for the first time.

I met (again) with a company a couple of weeks ago to progress the plan (as mentioned a few posts ago).  The design I had was close, but the diagonal section was just too difficult and would prove more of a roadblock than it was worth.  So that section was cut loose.  I will still make use of the corner – after all it is still 4.5m2, but whether I fill the roof in myself, or add a sail or sim, or use it as a mini shed courtyard, I’m not quite sure yet.  The courtyard idea is actually kinda appealing!  Especially with a bit of bar furniture………  Perhaps that sail may be a good idea!

Talking about visualisation, I have also updated the scale drawing of the design to reflect the latest (and pretty much locked in) final dimensions.  Additionally, I have added some colour to it, not necessarily the final colour (that aspect does not have to be locked in yet – wait until 7 minutes to midnight for that!), but these colours are close.  Classic cream walls, Ironstone roof and doors.

I like the doors that colour, just not fully convinced about the roof.  Looks good, but still have a niggling concern that it might attract a bit much heat (despite the insulation that will be included).  Anyone had any practical experience, particularly in a high-roofed shed?

The light-grey coloured sections are either windows, or skylights depending on location.

Finalised Shed Design

Finalised Shed Design

11 Responses

  1. Nice one Stu!

  2. Stu
    I have been building my shed intermittently for the past year or so, and had concerns about insulation too. Fair bit smaller than yours, and home spun. Mine is stud framed in 50x50x1.6 square pipe steel, with cement sheet weatherboards and a tin roof. I was going to go for aircell (aluminised bubble wrap) rather than the usual blanket insulation used in sheds. After much angonising though, I ended up going with Foilboard (25mm “Cathedral”). It is manufactured in your corner of the world but is an outstanding product, although it is not cheap. The Mrs insisted on a lovely dark grey colourbond roof that gets up around 60 or 70 degrees on the surface on a hot Sydney summer day, yet inside the shed is perfectly tolerable, despite the ceilings been only 3m high at the top of the pitch. The great thing about the Foilboard is that you can always go with the standard insulation your shed company provides and, if down the track, you are not happy, you screw the foilboard to the underside of your roof purlins (possibly adding battens if the airgap is not sufficient) and get a second layer of insulation (and a lovely shiny silver ceiling at the same time).
    All the best.

    • Thanks John – really good to know, and valuable points there. I am seriously considering adding a couple of whirlybirds for heat extraction, and boosting the insulation would be a good move too. I am including insulation during the install, if nothing else to stop condensation raining on my cast iron tools! Boosting it on the roof, especially during the build would make good sense. Might help the neighbours with noise as well! (Assuming I can afford it!)

      • Condensation is a good point. I went with sarking and then the foilboards under the purlins. I am having a few small dribbles down one wall, but nothing too serious (long may it last). I was thinking whirly birds too, but i wanted as few perforations in the roof as possible (I am not much of a roofer unfortunately), so I went for a solar powered extractor fan off ebay in the back wall , which means you get some airflow even on a hot, windless day. You can get them with or without batteries, the former keep whirring away for an hour or two after sunset, which is good on hot summer evenings.
        All the best for the build. Look our for these shed companies – even with Shedsafe, they are still built pretty close to the line in structural terms because the market is so brutally competitive on price. If you have any engineer mates, I’d have them look over the specs before you pay the deposit just to be sure. It all got too much for me, so I just went for the heaviest guage steel I could carry and afford, and then welded the crap out of everything and lined the inside with structural ply for good measure. Its still standing, so hopefully it was the right decision.
        Look forward to seeing the finished product.

  3. Stu, great to see progress mate. My shed is similar colour scheme. Deep ocean roof and doors and cream walls. Barn style with only a single roller front and rear and an access door. The side faces due North and it’s 10m x 12m and similar heights to your plan. I have aluminised aircell foam for insulation in the roof, no laserlight sections as I’m covering it with solar panels in the future and 2 whirlybirds. Even in summer here in Qld on the Sunshine coast I still find it very comfortable through Summer. We are blessed with a prevailing South-Easterly breeze most of the year so the cross breeze through the rollers makes it quite comfortable. All the best with your build.

    • Hi Geoff, Thanks for the input – reassuring that those who have gone this way are all comfortable (figuratively, and literally) in and with their shed!
      10mx12m – even now I am moving to larger premises, I am still getting dwarfed!!

      All are stepping stones I suppose – the next move better be to a 10 acre block!!

  4. Hi Stu. I recently considered removing a few (3) colourbond roof sheets from the southern side and replace them with a clear roofing product for extra natural light. Shed is 9 X 7m. It is fully lined with aircell bubble wrap.
    I consulted the boss of the mob who constructed the shed. He said doing so would (obviously) compramise insulation AND more interestingly, most probably create a condensation issue. I live in a climate very similar to yours. (approx. 60 miles from you). Summer heat is not a huge issue as I can open double roller doors plus windows. I am considering fitting a whirlybird… one that can be shut/stopped from whirling.
    During winter my main heat loss is from gap between frame and the top of 2 roller doors. 2 sections of carpet fit neatly into those gaps, seem to work satisfactorily and can easily be put in place. To
    remove, open the door!

  5. Hi Stu. I know I can be verbose but within a few hundred words, I have filled up this space. I can fill this comment box but can not easily scroll top to bottom of what I have keyed-in.

    Just wondering because above says you have 7 comments and only your reply to Geoff at 11.55 appears. ?

    • Prob is obviously my end. I’ll try a java update?
      This’ll make comment 9? apolls Stu

      • Heh – no probs!
        All the comments are there- is there a show-more button or something? In Firefox, I have no problems viewing the site

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