Woodshed build part 1 – Prep

It’s the middle of summer and a good time to start organising storage for my winter firewood. My brother and his partner (C&K) recently built this woodshed and have agreed to help me build one too.

WoodshedI’ve opted for a wooden shed rather than an aluminium one because I plan to eventually paint it so that it can blend in and complement the house. My woodshed will measure 3m x 1m with an opening at one end. It is 1.75m high at the front and 1.65m at the back. C&K’s woodshed is made from recycled pallets but I’m going to purchase all the materials. It’s not as cost effective but I think it will save me heaps of stress, which is valuable too!

The materials

100mm x 50mm rough sawn timber

5 x 3m lengths

2 x 1m length

2 x 1.75m lengths

6 x 1.65m lengths

4 x 1.5m lengths

88 x fence palings (19mm x 140mm x 1.2)

75 x wood screws (14g 75mm)

25 x wood screws (14g 150mm)

500 x decking screws

Roof plastic 1.2m x 600m – C&K have given me some leftover roof plastic from their woodshed project

1 packet of 15mm roofing screws



I did an internet search and found that woodsheds are pretty expensive to buy.


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C&K’s woodshed cost just under $500 using recycled pallets. A friend estimated that mine would cost around $600 if I buy the materials from the local DIY store. Given that I’m probably going to have to pay for delivery, I’m budgeting for $700 (which is still about half the cost of a bought one).

The plan

So, everything appears to be ticking along nicely until I think, ‘um, how am I going to get the materials to my house?’ The local DIY store would loan me a trailer for free but I’d have to collect the load myself. I don’t have a tow bar on my car and I can’t drive a trailer anyway so that’s not an option. So, I’ve arranged for my local handyman Dave to pick up the materials from the store and deliver them to my house.

Dave’s also very kindly given me permission to use his Trade discount to buy the materials so that should go some way towards offsetting the cost of delivery.  Yay for nice Tradies!

Construction will take place over 2 weekends with about 3 people working on it. We should be able to start the build in a week’s time so check in then if you want to see how we’re doing.



Author: homemade and humble

Hi, I'm Ana. Welcome to my blog. I live in Wellington, New Zealand with my partner in a little cottage on a hill. We are working to build a life free from the rat-race, where we get to design our days around spending time together, enjoying good food and hunting for treasures for our home. We are both homebodies and prefer homemaking and cooking to outdoor pursuits and sport. This is where I share stories of our experiences as we set our course for a life full of warmth, comfort and beauty. I hope you enjoy it.

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