Woodshed build part 3 – the finish

Well it took a little longer than expected but finally the woodshed is done. Here’s how we did it and how much it cost.

IMG_1489In part 2, my brother, his partner and I put together the frame. It was probably the hardest part of the project as we were kind of making it up as went along.

We knew that the decisions we made at this point would have a direct effect on the final structure so there was a bit of head-scratching and mind-changing going on. Two days of it in fact.


Once we had the structure up it was pretty straightforward. My brother put the roof on and taught me how to put the cladding up along the back (this took another day).


And then yesterday, all by myself, I did the cladding for the front and sides. I am so proud of myself because I never thought it was something I would be able to do. Like anything, it’s not that hard when you know what you’re doing so I’m very grateful to my bro for teaching me.



What it cost


My budget was $700 and I came in almost $100 over:

$704.44 – Materials (you can find a list of the materials here)

$92.00 – Delivery

$796.44 – TOTAL (including GST)

As for tools, the only things I had to buy were a couple of pairs of protective ear muffs (those power tools are LOUD) which I haven’t included in the budget as they will be used for other projects. Everything else we already had.

What I learned


I can build stuff! I would have found this kind of project pretty intimidating before but now that I know how to do it I reckon I can tackle similar builds (I’m thinking compost bays).

I was struck by how much I employed my sewing skills – things like measuring, cutting (the skill saw even has a seam guide) and basic construction are all pretty similar. Once I wrapped my brain around that it was less daunting and more fun.

If you ever get people in to build something similar for you I highly recommend participating in the build. You’ll surprise yourself with your own awesomeness.

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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