Yes, I’m being Fair Dinkum – the shed has a green light!

After the setback yesterday, this evening is a significant contrast.

The shed has a green light, and manufacturing will begin as early as tomorrow, with an estimated 3-6 week delivery time (this will be refined in the next few days I expect).

I have spoken at some length with a council building surveyor, and he sounded confident about getting the building permit through without an issue.  As soon as I get the engineering drawings and calculations to support the permit, it will be submitted directly to the council.  It will cost me more than originally planned ($700), but the proof is in the permit at the end of the process. Update – been talking with one of the long-time readers, who is very knowledgeable about such matters, who is adamant that I should find another PBS.  So the search is on (again).

I have spoken with my concreter again tonight, and they are ready to go as soon as the permit comes through (presumably with the same fortnight lead time).

The timetable now gets revised again, with the new information included.  And that is good news too.

Project Stage Worst Case Best Case
Building Permit 11 Oct – 1 Nov 11 Oct – 25 Oct
Order Concrete 1 Nov 25 Oct
Order Shed 9 Oct 9 Oct
Shed Manufacture 9 Oct – 20 Nov 9 Oct – 30 Oct
Clear Out & Remove Shed 19 Oct – 20 Oct 19 Oct – 20 Oct
Order Skip 11 Nov 28 Oct
Block Clearance 18 Nov – 19 Nov 4 Nov – 5 Nov
Casting Slab 20 Nov – 21 Nov 6 Nov – 7 Nov
Shed Arrival 21 Nov 31 Oct
Lead Time for Assembly 21 Nov – 8 Dec 1 Nov – 10 Nov
Shed Assembly 9 Dec – 16 Dec 11 Nov – 17 Nov
Completion or 2 Dec – 6 Dec

This still assumes everything goes according to plan, and that NEVER happens!

So onto the news of the day.

The Shed.

The shed is Australian made, from Australian steel.

It has Shed Safe certification.

It is custom designed.

And has a classic Aussie name.

The next Stu’s Shed is (drumroll please) . . . . . .



Getting the vibe

Found an American Barn at one of the shed companies, and had a wander around visualising what it might be like to have one of my own.  As you’ll see from the photos, I was particularly interested in the mezzanine floor, and the roller door.  But what I was really seeing was space.  Drool.

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One thing I got out of the walk-around, was the concept that I can drop the height of the mezzanine down – this will make the upper area a lot more useable, and can be more than just a bit of a storage area.  Being an additional 22 m2, that is a big deal, and worth sacrificing some working height on the lower level for the overall gain.  Still, having a height to the mezzanine of 2700 (say) still gives a working height on the mezzanine of 2300 or so.

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

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