Guest post :  A woolly hat for your shed

Thanks to Andy from Workshopshed.com for this guest post about insultation your shed roof.

Everyone knows when it’s cold you put a hat on to keep warm and every house has loft insulation. But when building a shed we typically only have a layer of board topped with felt to keep us warm. My shed was particularly bad as the roof only consisted of some corrugated plastic meaning that even with the heater on it did not keep warm.

Here’s how I retrofitted an insulated roof to my shed with some ideas as to how you might do this yourself.

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My shed already had a frame supporting the roof so I knew it would be ok for some extra weight. If your walls are a bit flimsy then you want to consider re-enforcing these before you begin.

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In my case, I needed to replace all of the roof so I used tongue and groove for the inner skin. However, it is quite possible to put the new roof on top of the old. The result is a sandwich of wood and insulation with battens for spacing and support.

Materials

  • Insulation, blocks are easiest
  • Timber for battens
  • Board such OSB
  • Felt
  • Screws, drywall or exterior
  • Clout nails

Tools

  • Saw
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill

The first step is to remove the existing felt so that you can measure up for the battens. My shed is a bit of a peculiar shape so my batten frame had to match that. Otherwise, you just need a simple rectangle. When using multiple boards, fit cross struts at the places where those boards meet. If you are planning skylights then add extra battens around that area too. The frame can be made up in advance of putting it on the roof. For a large roof, multiple frames may prove more manageable. Place the frame on the roof and screw through from below to secure.

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You can now fit the insulation into the frame. For block insulation, this should be straightforward. If you want to use rolled loft insulation then you will need to work out a way of stopping it all sinking to the bottom, perhaps cross wires held with screw eyes?

The top of this sandwich is OSB, if you cut this a bit larger than the frame then you can avoid a gap at the ridge. Otherwise like me, you will need to fit a piece of timber in the gap. Before fixing, I find it useful to pencil on where the battens are located. This makes it easier to ensure your screws will go through the top sheet and secure into the batten. You want the screws to be flush with the board so they don’t rip the felt. I drilled holes for mine but found I did not need to countersink them because the drywall screws do that themselves.

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For extra waterproofing an under-felt was added, this is the felt that’s used for house roofs and does not have the stone chippings of regular roofing felt. It was cheaper than regular felt and the stones are only needed on the top layer to protect from the sun. So, to top it all off regular roofing felt was used, held in place with clout nails.

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The shed still gets cold in the winter as it’s not constantly heated. It quickly warms up with a fan heater and keeps the heat. This means the fan heater can be turned down or off and the shed is still a pleasant place to work.

You can visit Andy’s website for great posts on his various make projects (includes dragons and 3d Printing), or follow him on twitter.


If you as a sheddie have an interesting build or fix you would like to share with the sheddies then Let me know.

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The continuing rise of She Sheds – Lady Sheddies Rule

Sheds in the eyes of the media have always been a male dominated area, here in our little shed world we have always supported the lady sheddies.

Now on the internet after the big “new things” of Pub Sheds it’s now the lady sheds that are becoming popular or SHE SHEDS – it’s great that the rest of the world has finally joined our world.

Lady Sheddies have rocked the shed world since day one and lets hope it continues forever.

and I wonder which Shed Type they will all be jumping on next? TARDIS sheds maybe?

Here are a selection of of the outstanding sheds owned or built by ladies.

LAURA’S LODGE

Laura's Lodge  - laura worgan  - garden

BEACH HUT

Beach Hut - Judy Cowan - In our romantic garden

TANIA’S SPACE
Tania's space - Tania Dockree - garden

GARDENING SHED

gardening shed - Judith Tomline - garden

THE OWL HOUSE

The Owl House - Tracy Caroline Lewis - Garden

COCKTAIL BAR

Cocktail Bar - Hannah - Garden

THE BUNKER BAR

The Bunker Bar - Sue Newton - Garden

THE SHED !

The Shed !  - Catherine Dupuy - Garden

MARGATE TERRACE TIKI BAR

Margate Terrace Tiki Bar - Teresa Frith - Deck build over a 3 car garage

THE SNUG

The Snug - Jan Watts - The Snug is in our garden. Part of the Parky Thing (named that by Amy, one of our 9 grandchildren)

COBALT PARADISE

Cobalt Paradise  - Lucy - In My Garden

THE DOG HOUSE

The Dog House - Renee Castle - Garden

Some American Sheds that will take your breath away

Yes Shed of the year and the humble shed is mainly a British thing. (if anyone wants to licence it for elsewhere talk to me 😉 )

But it’s great to see the innovation happening overseas in the USA – I have always been in awe of their Tiny Houses but now looks like our cousins are “getting” sheds as well.

Here are some examples added to readersheds.co.uk that will make you think twice about shed like structures.
LANTERNSHED

LanternShed - Jennifer Watson - Amherst, Virginia

THE SHIPPEY SHACK

The Shippey Shack - Derek Diedricksen - Waltham, MA (right outside Boston, MA USA)

THE DOG HOUSE

The Dog House - Jason Arney-O'Neil - Minnesota, USA

PV LAWN CUBE 2011

PV Lawn Cube 2011 - Bradd Crowley - Prairie Village, KS USA

RED SHED

Red Shed - Edward Garland - Warwick, RI  USA

HOUSE OF FALLEN TIMBERS

House of Fallen Timbers - Fallen Timbers - Illinois, USA

THE SHED

The Shed - Matthew King - On lower property, garden overlook.

THE HAMMERSMITH BREWERY AND ALEHOUSE

The HammerSmith Brewery and Alehouse - Christopher Bowen - Pennsylvania

1930’S HUSBANDS’ SHED

1930's Husbands' Shed - Kepa Askenasy - San Francisco, California, USA

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Do you love sheds? do you love Wine then this shed is perfect for you

We love a unique shed on readersheds.co.uk but this one recently added is very unique indeed.

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This former wine keg is now suitable for approx. 4 people who can comfortably enjoy it’s interior with it’s cellar and also it’s attic where they can all sleep. We have built in a seating area inside with a small cellar for food and beverages, attic for sleep overs and many other amenities. The shed is located in our own vineyard and has a beautiful view over the near picturesque landscape.

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Ten things you don’t expect to see in a garden shed

Traditionally you would not expect to find any of these things inside a garden shed, but our sheddies always have to be different and we salute them.

1) Hot Tub

HOLS

Hols - clair dutton - doncaster

2) Roman sun dial

THE ROMAN TEMPLE

The Roman Temple - Tony - Berkshire U.K.

3) Brewery

THE HAMMERSMITH BREWERY AND ALEHOUSE

The HammerSmith Brewery and Alehouse - Christopher Bowen - Pennsylvania

4) Live Music

SONGS FROM THE SHED

songs from the shed - Jon Earl - Clevedon N Somerset

5) Telescope

SHEDSERVATORY

Shedservatory - Ben Fillmore - Garden

6) American Diner

STARLINER DINER

Starliner Diner  - Chris Galley - Back Garden

7) A Gorillia

THE STENCIL SHED

The Stencil Shed - Syd - Malmesbury, Wiltshire

8) The Titanic

OLYMPIC / TITANIC MUSEUM

Olympic / Titanic Museum - J. Siggins - Back garden

9) Post boxes

COLNE VALLEY POSTAL HISTORY MUSEUM

Colne Valley Postal History Museum - Steve Knight - Halstead, Essex

10) 75 Video recorders

TOTAL REWIND VCR MUSEUM SHED

Total Rewind VCR Museum Shed - Andy - Brighton

Bonus

11) Poorly Hedgehogs

WAVENEY VALLEY HOGSPITAL
Waveney Valley Hogspital - Anna Hunter - Garden

anyway here are some sheds with lawnmowers in, don’t say we don’t cover everyone.

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15 Tongue-in-cheek sheds that may have come out of a carry on film

We love sheds we adore quirky sheds and really rate those eccentric sheddies – but it must be the British sense of humor – that comes up with the funny, sometimes a bit rude or just downright odd names for their back garden retreats.

Here are some of my favorite sheds with those sorts of names – it’s not surprising that a lot of them are Pub sheds –  why not post your favourites in the comments.

BAR STAR D

Bar Star D - warren
warren
garden

 

BIG KEV’S PIPE-PUFFING PALACE

Big Kev's Pipe-puffing Palace - Kevin Davies
Kevin Davies
Lean-to on driveway

 

THE COCK INN

The Cock Inn - Gary
Gary
Garden

THE EFFINN SHED

The Effinn Shed - Matt Walker
Matt Walker
Back of the garden

 

THE STAGGER INN

The stagger inn  - Stefan canning
Stefan canning
Garden leeds

DIRTYBOBBY’S LOVE CABIN

Dirtybobby's Love Cabin - Dirty Bobby
Dirty Bobby
Garden

HANGING BUMSTEAD RAILWAY STATION

Hanging Bumstead Railway Station - Grancher
Grancher
garden

BOSTIN BETTY

Bostin Betty - Paula
Paula
Landlocked in Birmingham

RETURN OF THE SHEDI

Return of the Shedi  - Shedi Master
Shedi Master
Malmesbury, Wiltshire

THE 19TH HOLE

The 19th Hole - Graham Hindle
Graham Hindle
Nettleham Lincoln

THE WAHEY LOFT

The Wahey Loft - Richard Margetts
Richard Margetts
Garden, Bucks

THE O;JAYSUS

the o;jaysus - tom
tom
ireland

DAWN’S DEN

Dawn's Den - Dawn
Dawn
Wirral

MAGIC MUSHROOM

Magic Mushroom - LEWIS TURNER
LEWIS TURNER
DORDON TAMWORTH

JABBA THE HUT

Jabba the Hut - Gilli & Dick
Gilli & Dick
back garden- Dorset

 

Bonus ones that are odd enough

‘SHEDONISM’ – MY OTHER SHED’S A PORCH!

'Shedonism' - My other shed's a Porch! - John and Carole
John and Carole
Bexhill-on-Sea

SHEDWOOD WOODWOOD

Shedwood Woodwood - Mark Pedley
Mark Pedley
Huddersfield

 

Is the Guardian condoning the burning of sheds?

Today on twitter the Guardian  – launched a campaign for this weekend newspapers – along the lines of #owntheweekend.

The Guardian and the Observer papers are full of even more things to read and do. Ian foolishly tried to do it all at once. Don’t make the same mistake he did.

They show Ian (if that is his real name) doing all sorts of things – but the ending is the most shocking for sheddies – Ian is seen in his underpants saying “The sheds on fire” – this is highly irresponsible and we at Shed of the year don’t condone these actions of this Ian and nor do we of the Guardian News & Media showing that the burning of sheds is a way to spend the weekend – especially if you are a Guardian reader in the London area what with the closure of fire stations.

11 Sheds that will inspire you to become a sheddie in 2014

2013 has been a great year to be a sheddie and 2014 will be even better but to get you in the mood to Share your Shed – here are some sheds that will get your creative juices flowing – of course we welcome all types of sheds on readersheds – so everyone has a chance of getting the title of Shed of the year!

1) A hobbit like shed with a green roof

ALLOTMENT ROOF SHED

Allotment Roof Shed - Joel Phelan

Allotment Roof Shed - Joel Phelan

Joel Phelan
Garden

ECO SHED

2) Great use of the limited space

THE BEAT HUT

The Beat Hut - Mitchell Pay

The Beat Hut - Mitchell Pay

Mitchell Pay
End of garden

CABIN/SUMMERHOUSE

3) Shows how with some great colours normal sheds can look amazing

BEACH HUTS

Beach Huts - Hannah & Darryl

Beach Huts - Hannah & Darryl

Hannah & Darryl
Back Garden

NORMAL SHED

4) This shed just goes on and on – brilliant bit of shedism

MY SHED – DEVIL’S ELBOW!!

My Shed - Devil's Elbow!! - Richard Northmore

My Shed - Devil's Elbow!! - Richard Northmore

Richard Northmore
garden

UNIQUE

5) Teaching the younger generation about being sheddies – great skills

COOMBE HILL INFANTS SHED GALLERY

Coombe Hill Infants shed gallery - Ali Warner
Ali Warner
Y1 playground

UNIQUE

6) A shed in the trees – best of both worlds

HUT IN THE TREES

Hut in the trees - India Hurst
India Hurst
Woodland at the edge of a field

UNIQUE

7) Sheds can be used for everything –

POSH SEWING SHED

Posh Sewing Shed - Manjit

Posh Sewing Shed - Manjit

Manjit
Under the cherry Tree

WORKSHOP/STUDIO

8) Ok this was last years winner – but look it’s got a boat on it’s roof for sheddies sake

BOAT ROOFED SHED

Boat Roofed Shed - Alex Holland

Boat Roofed Shed - Alex Holland

Alex Holland
Up a mountain on a farm

UNIQUE

9) The perfect techno work space

@DOCUDEN

@Docuden - @Documentally
@Documentally
St Neots

GARDEN OFFICE

10) Soundproofed Shed for a British Institution

BRIAN BLESSED’S SHED

Brian Blessed's Shed - Brian Blessed

Brian Blessed's Shed - Brian Blessed

Brian Blessed
Brian’s House

UNIQUE

11) Have spray can will spray – eccentric shed – that sums up shedism

THE STENCIL SHED

The Stencil Shed - Syd

The Stencil Shed - Syd

Syd
Malmesbury, Wiltshire

WORKSHOP/STUDIO

Entry for Shed of the year 2014 is open now, get your entries in by May 2014 – this years expert judge is TV’s George Clarke

7 Garden Sheds that may look boring on the outside but are brilliant inside

I have been doing the #shedaday posts on twitter and facebook but I thought I would jump on the list bandwagon again after a while.

of course it’s more difficult to get lists done about sheds when they are not seen as sexy or worthy by the people outside of the shedosphere

I love sheds that look like sheds – but of course over the past Seven years of Shed of the year – it’s been proven that the winning shed has to look a bit special – but what about inside?

Here are sheds that look a bit like off the shelf sheds you can buy anywhere – but look what the sheddie has done to them.

  1. Sewing Shed


    sewing shed

    One of my all time favorite sheds as it’s so simple but so stunning.

  2. Disco ShedDiscoShed (Custom)

    Always a popular shed – in it’s second incarnation – normal on the outside a DJ’s Booth on the inside

  3. POP’S DINERPOP'S DINER

    An amazing 1950’s American Diner inside daddy-o

  4. Bolton East Signal boxBolton East Signal box

    Every railway enthusiasts dream – your own layout in your shed

  5. Total RewindTotal Rewind VCR Museum Shed (Custom)

    Old metal shed but with a secret – a museum for vintage video recorders who said sheddies are boring

  6. The shed with the chandelier
    The shed with the chandelier (Custom)

    Yes it has a chandelier inside – nuff said

  7. the Three Chickensthe Three Chickens (Custom)

    Difficult choice – but out of the hundreds of pub sheds – this one always catches my eye maybe as it looks just like an old pub I used to go to

Bonus Sheds – of course I could not mention sheds that are different on inside without mentioning the TARDIS sheds

TARDIS sheds

I hope you get some inspiration add your Shed for Shed of the year 2014 over on the main site readersheds.co.uk

 

$200 for an eco shed with a dome – you bet your shed

All been quite on the shed front for a while – but then this one was added to readersheds and it inspired me to post this blog – and I think it would even inspire new shed of the year judge George Clarke.

Earthen Tiny Home Dome built by Jeffrey its been around a while but nice of him to share it on readersheds.

Earthen Tiny Home Dome

The shed was made from reclaimed materials, timber milled on site, and mud.

The total cost for the build was roughly $200.

The geodesic dome is constructed from pallet wood with a 5 sided cedar shingle roof added on top.

The dome surface was created by wrapping green vine maple, harvested from the forest, around the outside to create a lathe. Then an earth/lime plaster was applied. The inside of the dome was first covered with reclaimed peg board, and then earthen plastered.

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The dome is insulated with a mixture of reclaimed rigid foam, sheep wool & ‘slip chip’ (which is a mixture of wood shavings and clay slip)

You can view more photos on the shed page.