Watch our new equipment shed take shape

by Margaret on January 17, 2012

in News


Having grown tired of shuffling equipment in and out of barns and replacing sheep-chewed wiring, we have decided to erect an equipment shed to house our various “little helpers.” We contracted with a local Amish building crew that works straight through the winter on such projects. With any luck it will be done before February 1. 

 Watch for updates as construction continues.

Progress after one day


Mid-afternoon of Day Two

 Posts are set.







Beams installed and rear joists almost done. The front joists will be “sistered” in next to the rear ones.


Another Day Two view


One of the crew up top gives some scale to the photo. There will 5 bays, each one 12 feet wide, for an overall length of about 60 feet.





Day Three progress



In spite of high winds and low temps on day three, the crew managed to finish most of the carpentry work. The shed is ready for its sheet metal skin.


South end view, Day Three



The shed is 30 feet deep to accommodate a 25-foot trailer, among other things. It is 12 feet high in the back and 18 feet high at the front posts.


Mid-afternoon on Day Four



High winds and rain challenged the crew on Day 4, but they still managed to wrestle very long pieces of sheet metal into place and fasten them to the frame.




Day Four - North end gets covered


Part of the crew working on the north end.

Day Five






Day Five: shed is complete. Because the shed is located at one end of a pasture, we have hung gates to keep out the trouble-makers. We plan to hang roll-down curtains over each opening to keep the worst of the weather out.


Day Five - Ready for occupancy

From the date we contracted with the Amish crew to the day of completion was about six weeks. We are very happy with the workmanship.




{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

rose helmbright June 7, 2013 at 8:42 am

Loved seeing the pictures and the by line as your shed went up. Gave me great ideas for mine .


Margaret June 11, 2013 at 6:49 pm

You’re welcome. It was an interesting project to watch. We intend to put up doors one day, but that will have to wait until the budget allows.


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