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How can I build a shed with a cyclone fence dog run? Answered

We are in WA with all its moisture and rust issues. Want a floor. To store BBQ, lawn items, bikes and etc. Just thought with such a great vertical start (there is no bottom) w/ the dog run, there has to be a way. It has a 4' x 6' door. Not quite sure of the vertical.....the total size must be at least 8' x 15'. Run's cost is best offer- to get it out of owners' way. Flat surface to drive truck on and pick up . Less than 2 min. from our house. Appreciate any ideas. Or maybe it's just not a good idea?


To be honest, the posts and rails from your cyclone fence aren't the best starting materials for a shed. It'll provide very little support compared to traditional wooden walls, and it'll be much more complicated and difficult to attach wall and ceiling portions to the structure. The only possibility I can see are wrapping the thing in tarpaulins and hoping it doesn't pull itself out of the ground next time there's a bit of wind. The floor would have to be a separate structure, just a platform built inside of it. More importantly, you don't seem to know if the dog run is even big enough. I can guess though that it's probably not tall enough. Best bet is to build a traditional wooden shed. There should be at least two in the "relate column" next to this post... but you can usually pick up plans for free or very cheap at any building supplies store.

And I thought the posts and rails would be possibly the best start! ha For the cheaper price- what about those metal container shipping things I have seen on Craig's list? I know good lasting value doesn't come from air or putting in the time. I don't know what we'll do about the shed need. Probably buy and have them come and build. I don't want to have to spend that much money. I have spare knowledge of working with all the major tools I have following my Dad's death. He wasn't a good teacher. But, the garage will be set up in a fashion for work of all kinds. Primarily wood working from my point of view. Have lots of homeowners nearby w/ their comments and read lots about layouts. After watching my Dad build our house I have some info.... Bottom line, I know I can't build a shed and finish the major overhaul in the garage. Had all the stuff yakined out for 4 weeks now. The temp is now in triple digits and I am still painting. Lots of drawers to be made and organization. But keeping the non-workshop stuff out and dry has to be done. Really would like a 12xa16' or 10x12' shed. Respectfully, quilter2

Yes, a good shipping container makes a great ready-made shed. It'll keep your stuff dry. It'll keep animals out. It will give you enough space to organize your gear and walk in and out. They're also really easy to paint and not too hard to modify. They come in a couple of different sizes, so you might consider buying a smaller one (even though they can be more expensive). Shelves can be installed in several ways but store-bought shelving units might be easiest. The biggest thing I'd suggest is adding a sloped roof to keep rainwater from pooling on it. If you can't find a shipping container, try looking for a used utility trailer or an old U-Haul. Lots of folks use them for storage. The disadvantages are that you'll need a ramp and if you want to be able to move it you have to maintain it at least a little. The advantage of course is that you can easily move it. If buying used, this option can be pretty cheap too... I've seen drivable, license-able U-Hauls sold by dealers for as low as $500 Canadian. Another thing you might consider is looking around for someone who is selling a garden shed. In rural and suburban areas, there's almost always someone who builds sheds as a part time job. Ask the folks at your local lumberyard if they know someone.

Thanks! U-haul. What a great idea. Then, when ready, re-sell. Too smart. Appreciate it. Respectfully, quilter2