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Special Delivery

If you’re keeping up, you already know that we’ve ordered a shed.  Ken has been preparing the site for a couple of weeks. After the crushed stone was delivered he was concerned that the constant pressure of the stone pushing out on the wood would eventually cause it to bow out. Especially come winter should it rain and then freeze.

Ever the fixer, Ken devised a plan to address this. He purchased 8 foot long ground stakes. Pre drilled 2 holes equally spaced apart on each side.

Special Delivery | Hicks House

Then used a 5lb hammer to hammer in the stakes.

Special Delivery | Hicks House
Special Delivery | Hicks House

Just in time for the shed delivery! I unfortunately missed it as I had to go to work, but Ken got some great shots of them lowering it off the truck.

Special Delivery | Hicks House
Special Delivery | Hicks House
Special Delivery | Hicks House
Special Delivery | Hicks House

The shed is huge 16’x20′ and looks like a mini version of our house. Once all of the items being stored in the garage are organized and moved out here, we will be able to both park in the garage for the first time since moving into this house over a year ago. Just in time for the ugly New England winter (I am soooo not ready for winter).

What do you think? Is your shed a life and space saver?
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Finishing Touches to the Garage

One of the things that comes with a “brand new house” is a completely un-finished garage.  I didn’t think anything of this, after-all aren’t all garages un-finished?  The answer to that is two-part, they are un-finished with regard to the rest of your house i.e. concrete floors no paint on the walls etc.  However, most are insulated and dry walled – ours was not.  With the sweltering hot days we have experienced up here in New England this summer, with several days in a row coming close to exceeding 100 degrees, the garage would heat up to a comfortable 150 (estimating, but not exaggerating).

Considering how Ken planned to turn the garage into tool central, the heat was not providing a enjoyable work atmosphere.  Also necessary in order for him to fully enjoy the space was more electrical outlets.  The only two the builder provided were in the ceiling to connect the garage door openers to (the house didn’t come with openers either – but that is another post).

So, before Ken could get to insulating and sheet-rocking the garage he had to run electrical.  This he did himself, although for the average person I wouldn’t recommend it as you could get electrocuted – duh.  Ken is no average home improvement weekend warrior, he knows a lot about how things work, had some basic electrical knowledge and learned what he needed to know before starting to avoid that whole electrocution thing.

That orange light means it works!

That orange light means it works!

Then insulation was put in between all the studs:

Insulated!

Insulated!

And sheet rock put up:

finishing stretch!

finishing stretch!

We unfortunately didn’t buy quite enough to finish the entire garage, but the back wall was the most important as this is where Ken wanted to build and put his tool bench. Even without the entire garage being completed there is still a HUGE difference in the temperature out there – but that may also be because we haven’t hit 100 in about a month… but I’m crediting the insulation.