I had a BLAST building this. I’ve never built any structure from the ground up but I’m a fairly handy guy. I did a ton of research, found these plans and videos, and dug into the process of modifying for a concrete base with a drip edge, multiple windows, and an overhead door with a side access door. My father-in-law and I built this over the course of a couple months working weekends and evenings when available plus an initial week off of work. Honestly this was just a TON of fun and I still look back fondly on this time last year. Thanks so much to Henry for these plans and his willingness to share decades of experience with those of us who didn’t know squat about doing this to start.
The concrete work we had done by a company as we had quite a bit to do (we had sidewalks and such added as well). After that was done, we took over with mocked up custom blueprints I made in Photoshop by amending the purchased plans.
I pre-built the roof trusses and pre-painted the edges of the LP panels in my garage. I bought a Harbor Freight “ok” framing nailer and it was worth every penny even if I never use it after this job. I went for an overhead door to pull in a mower, and installed a brush seal to keep out weather/bugs a bit better. I also had pre-trenched electrical conduit and had an electrician buddy pull wires and install outlets and lighting inside and out. I later added a vinyl fence as a wind block for some trash cans and completed it with a motion sensing light on that side to give light at night when taking out the trash.
Another goal was to use all PVC and Vinyl where possible to keep carpenter bees from eating up the soffits and such. We also added gutters to control rain watershed which I did by making some custom PVC board wedges to push the gutters level.
Looking back through photos of this project made me very happy. Thanks for this resource!