Monday, July 19, 2010

Detaching a Detached Garage from the Property

In the backyard, there is a detached garage / shed. It's quite old and I'm surprised it hasn't fallen down already. My initial plan is to rebuild the shed into a mother-in-law and live there while I complete the rest of the renovation. So I went down to DPD, and had a permit issued to rebuild the shed.

My plan of attack was simple, try to not be crushed if something falls down. Following this logic, I decided the best thing I could do was first get rid of the roof. This was a trial and error process. By trial and error, I mean burning up a circular saw before realizing that a reciprocating saw is a much better tool.

This is quite possibly one of the cooler things I found. The shed was actually built from random lumber sourced during WWII. As you can see from the date on this lumber, it was originally part of a shipping container used to send aircraft parts between Oakland and Portland. I've kept this and hopefully will preserve it in some way with the home.

One tragic thing, the entire shed was filled with poo. Small poo from small animals. I figured out later on what type of animal had been poo'ing there so much (see below).

As you can see, the construction is quite sturdy. I mean why waste wood cutting it to a dimensionally accurate shape? Just cut down a sapling and slap it in there!

Look! It is a former denizen of the shed. At first I could not figure out what this was, until I posted it on Facebook and a friend remarked that it was a Possum.

Finally, the shed is down and the backyard is open and ready for use!

Oh yeah, I bought a red wheel-barrow and received a red cart as a present. Both of them have been incredibly helpful!

1 comment:

Kay Strebe said...

Still laughing!!! The critter's would have been the end of me!! Love the logic you are applying!