Last year I converted one of those large shipping crates into a dog food storage shed, simply by installing a pre-hung door and some sheathing. It worked well enough over the winter, but a couple of problems did crop up. Because the door was designed to open inward, it wasted a lot of interior space, and the snow build-up on the flat roof caused it to sag, making it difficult to open the door and stressing the minimal framing of the shed.
I decided that turning the door around to open outward and installing a slightly pitched metal roof would solve those issues, without costing a ton of money. Materials on hand included some new 2X4 studs left over from last year's projects, and some partial sheets of metal roofing that was scrap from a friend's own project last year.
So, this morning I started with this:
|Shed at the start of the project|
I decided that to support a simple shed roof, I would need to add some additional framing. The quick and easy approach would be to simply build a frame of 2 X 4 studs and header, but to accomplish it solidly, I needed some lag bolts long enough to screw through a total of nearly 4 inches of lumber. That required a quick trip to town to buy fasteners (and deposit a check, buy gasoline, &c.).
Back home, the frame came together quickly. Next was to install rafters. I had a fair number of 10 foot long 2X2s, which I usually use to built door frames for dog houses. I simply laid seven of those from the header to the back wall of the shed, and fastened them into place.
|Shed roof framing, simply 2 X 2s placed and fastened.|
Although I had a fair amount of scrap roofing, it was odd sized stuff that kind of had to be pieced together. I started at the lowest point of the shed, the back wall, and worked my way forward, overlapping the metal until I had the whole surface covered. Then it was just a matter of screwing it all into the framing using roofing screws, and the job was essentially finished.
|Modified dog food shed, ready to receive another ton of kibble|
I may add some sheathing to enclose the new attic, or I may just leave it open. That kind of depends on what I can find in my recycled materials pile. So far this shed, like the chicken coop, has been a low-cost recycling project and I'd like to keep it that way. As it stands now, the roof will accomplish what I need it to accomplish, and there are other projects needing to be done around here.
For now, I need to start feeding, watering and scooping after the dogs in 2 different kennels. I'll try to keep you abreast as the R&R progresses.