I’m a huge fan of Flickr. About a year and a half ago. I started uploading photos and more importantly sharing images of our life here in SF. I quickly realized there is a wonderful community of people out there. One of my favorite things to do is search for other renovation projects around the globe and a few months ago, I noticed Meredith’s modern shed project in Seattle.
Joe and I have similar ideas on creating a modern shed and even have the Readymade Magazine plans that Meredith and her husband used as a starting point. Meredith and I also realized that our husbands are both engineers and Illini graduates. It’s a small world, for sure.
I asked Meredith a few questions about the process of building their modern shed and she kindly obliged. They have a few more details to add such as the trim and the door but I’m certain all the hard work is behind them:
H&F: Where are you guys located, anyway?
M: I live in a tiny house in Seattle, Washington with my husband and dog. We are both originally from the Chicago area and have lived here for about 6 years. I work at an architecture firm, but have always been interested in all aspects of design.
H&F: What was your impetus for building the shed?
M: Its funny because I usually have an idea about how I want to arrange a space before I move in, but it’s amazing how that idea changes after you’ve lived in the space for a while. After about 10 months in the house, we knew we needed additional storage for things we didn’t have in an apartment (lawn mower, gardening supplies, bicycles & misc. building materials). We have a basement about a 1/3 of the size of the house, which contains our laundry room, storage & mechanical equipment
H&F: What was your inspiration for the shed and how did you modify it?
M: The shed was inspired by the Readymade shed and other design sources like Dwell and Sunset magazines. We liked the modern form and glazing of the Readymade shed, but we redesigned the whole thing. My husband sized the structure, so I am quite sure it is indestructible (we are in a seismic zone)! we went through a couple plans, but had a good idea how much room we needed and where it would be sited. I knew I wanted to use a multi-wall polycarbonate for the glazing and metal on the roof, but the siding was up in the air. It came down to the metal siding because it was prefinished, which saved us from having to prime & paint.
H&F: Tell us about the process and another challenges you encountered.
M: It was a fun process, although there were a few contentious moments between architect and engineer! But we worked well together and my husband’s experience in concrete construction helped us with the footings. Thinking about it now, the concrete was the hardest part. Getting the forms plumb and level took us almost a whole day! The ground has a bit of a slope, so we should have leveled the area first, instead of digging each footing a different depth. Thankfully, we used adjustable post caps embedded in the concrete to account for any imperfections in the concrete. The floor framing took us another day and then the walls & roof went up over a long weekend (with help from my uncle).
H&F: What’s left to install?
M: The rainy winter has put a hold on the project, but I found a great pre-hung wood door in November (@ frank’s doors). Once it warms up, we’ll paint & install it and finish out the inside with shelves, pegboards, etc. the exterior still needs trim and a panel above the metal siding.
Thanks to Meredith for sharing her excellent project with us. Hopefully, they’ll keep us in the loop on their progress. If you’d like to see the rest of the photos from their project as well as further details on the installation, check our their modern shed set on flickr.