Post by wisconsinjoe on Jan 17, 2015 15:59:50 GMT -8
We did not really think this through when we decided to get into the vintage camper thing. What do you do with a camper that lives in Wisconsin, with its potential 20 inch snowfalls? Our answer was a drive-through shed (on the driveway to my lower level workshop). Yes, it blocks access to the workshop, but it is rare that I have to use that entrance anyway.
I had an excavator eat out a bit of the hillside adjacent to the driveway so I could send out an opposing shed roof over a patio. That extra roof also helps create structural stability by adding more triangulation through framing. Now we have both summer sun and winter snow protection, as well as a potential guest house. Grandkids love it too.
Notice the plant boxes and trellises going up the side. They will be planted with flowering vines come spring.
I used some double wall polycarbonate panels to allow light to come inside the shed from the back as well as the high clearstory.
The hard part was building the stone wall. Figure out what you need, then double it. Then, book a chiropractor appointment. The pavers were put in at the end. We bought some custom tarps for the open ends of the shed, but noticed that snow really doesn't build up on the camper roof, so we haven't installed them.
Post by wisconsinjoe on Jan 17, 2015 20:28:23 GMT -8
Funny you should say that, kirkadie. I'm thinking I can pull the Vacationaire out after snow threat season, and assemble the next project under that shelter. It would be conveniently located next to my workshop. I'm also looking into another spot on our property at the bottom of our long steep driveway to build another shed/barn. Might even discuss that with my wife soon.
Post by wisconsinjoe on Jan 18, 2015 7:59:07 GMT -8
I think we spent about $4,000 for materials. That included about $250 for an excavator (to level off that chunk of hillside), green treated 6x6 posts and other framing material (treated and regular), concrete and forming tubes, polycarbonate panels, metal roofing and siding, and all fasteners. That probably did not include the rock wall (rocks that I had and some I bought through Craigslist), the paver project (got a great Craiglist deal, but still had costs with gravel, sand, and compactor rental), electrical (simply ran a wire from the garage through PVC pipe), or planter boxes and trellises (relatively inexpensive Trex decking material and cattle panel fencing from local farm supply.
I'd be happy to post more pics detailing framing and fastening details and provide measurements. I think the main opening is 14' x 20' and he awning shed is about 10' x 12'.
If I can find my original plans, I'd be happy to make a copy and send to you for the cost of postage/copying. If I have to start drawing from scratch, I would have to charge an hourly wage. That would cost between $200 and $300, but could be designed to meet your specific needs. If you were not too far from me (southern Wisconsin), I would even hire myself out to help build it. We should PM any further detailed discussion.