This is my favorite photo of the shed:
It’s a radiant beast.
But that is getting ahead of ourselves, because at that point, we had the doors off and the first layer of the roof off.
Let’s start at the beginning, a very good place to staaaart.
This shed was located in our backyard. It was rotting and disgusting. The reason for it being built, supposedly, is that it helped to keep the pipes warm for the bathroom that is in the basement on that corner. That really makes no sense to me, but here she was.
I hadn’t really even opened the thing since we moved it, at least I can’t remember if I had. I was really afraid that a possum was living in it because I read something about how possums like to live in sheds. And Chris has seen a possum just cruisin’ by our house before. So, I felt there was a fairly high possibility…
Upon opening it, though, we found no possums. We actually found not much of anything. (Unless you count a million spiders, but we didn’t know that at this point. Oh, naivety.)
There has been some debate about the shed and it’s taking-apart and whether we need to invest in a Sawzall. But I convinced Chris that we should dive on in before we decide what tools we need. No matter how badly we feel like we need a Sawzall.
So we just started prying into it. And we successfully ripped the first layer of roofing off.
Eventually, we ran into some super disgusting rotted parts with lots of larvae-looking insect-y babies squirming about (not pictured above), which is one of my nightmares, and we ran out of bug-killer spray trying to kill them all. And at that moment, we decided that if we were really going to do this, we probably needed more bug spray. We also decided that maybe we needed a Sawzall.
Luckily, Chris has a friend that was kind enough to let us borrow his.
We were in business!
We were able to saw/pry off the front before the Sawzall ran out of juice. Wah Wahhh… So we called it a night and woke up in the morning to this beauty.
With a fully-charged Sawzall, we took to tackling the sides. Because I guess the roof seemed like too much of a challenge and we were kind of hoping that if the sides came down the rest would be easy.
Which mostly worked, but was maybe more dangerous than it should have been? Who knows… this is my first shed.
Prying this thing apart was way harder than I expected. Not only because of rotting wood, but because of many, many giant, rusty nails.
With a working Sawzall, things really started picking up. I think we only spent about 1.5 hrs ripping the rest down which seems significant since the first day we spent about 3 hours on just the first layer of roof and the very front.
And here you see the side and roof removed. And Chris looking supa fly in them Dickies.
And then it looked like this!
Just some caulking to scrape off and some holes to fill… and some dirty-ness to someday power wash!
There was actually some 2x4’s strapped to the cement block that we removed before this shot. And let me tell you about the spiders. We started rocking those chunks of wood and the spiders started a-scurryin’. It was really disgusting and creepy and really hard to focus.
I guess I’m really proud of this shed thing because there are quite a lot of pictures of this mess. Quite a lot of boring pictures.
But in the heat of the moment, taking a million pictures of rotting wood just feels right.
And more garbage:
Oh, so much more work to do on the outside of our house, but taking the shed down felt really good.
Things I learned:
Demo’ing takes so much longer than HGTV makes it out to be (Unless you watch Renovation Realities. But I guess I didn’t learn from it). Sometimes even rotted sheds cannot be simply kicked over.
Demo’ing is also very spider-y.
While demo’ing, it is better to wear long sleeves and jeans rather than shorts and t-shirts.