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Thursday, 7 May 2020

Another project on the go

After all these days from the beginning of March through the end of April that had us sitting idle at home Benno and I are ready for some outdoor activity. 
Last year we talked about setting up a shed on the new property we had been working on for most of the summer. First of all we wanted a fence because once the shed is in position there would be no room to erect one. We built that fence toward the end of October, just before the weather turned cold and wet. You can read about it  "here"

Last year's fence project

Now the time seems right to tackle that shed project. Of course we could build one ourselves. It is not that difficult and there are so many different kinds of options to build one. Likewise there are just as many readymade sheds available to purchase. There are metal, plastic and woodsheds sitting at most building centers. However, if you recall we bought a readymade shed for Benno from Wagler Mini Barns to have his little shop inside and he is so very happy with it that we thought we would look at what else this company has available.

Benno's shed we placed in October 2017

Wagler Mini Barns is run by Amish/Mennonites in Aylmer, Ontario. They manufacture just about every size and shape of a Mini Barn. From our house we took the Talbot Trail along Highway 3. It is scenic, has almost no traffic (even before the Covid-19 restrictions) and is a very relaxing 2 ½ hours spent driving while looking at rural Ontario. 

Talbot Trail through rural Ontario

Once we got to the Wagler Mini Barns place we were amazed at the shear volume of mini barns that were on display ready for purchase and delivery. I estimate maybe 200 barns were lined up on various lanes. It didn’t take us long to find what we had in mind and the price was good too. 

Just some random pictures of sheds available for purchase

Close up of a shed I liked but we didn't purchase

More sheds going the other laneway

Also a nice shed I could call my own

Only a few of the many sheds on the property

So with the shed purchased we better get going on building the foundation or shed pad, which is a bit more complicated than the last time we did it because of the Covid-19 lockdown of all the building centers. However, we managed to order on-line, waited for our pickup confirmation and then a day and half later went and got the materials to build the frame for the shed pad. I didn’t help much with that as Benno had it all under control.

Benno making sure the frame didn't shift while gravel was added

The next step was to get some gravel delivered to fill the frame and that happened today and we started with the filling in job right away. This task requires some physical labor, because we had the stone delivered and dumped in front of the property, as the ground is still way too soft for such a heavy truck to drive all the way to the frame. Also there is not much room to maneuver, as the shed will be in a corner surrounded by some trees. So some shoveling is involved.

Benno and Dave reducing the gravel pile

I am measuring to make sure the frame is square

Dave, our very nice neighbor, gave us a helping hand with the shoveling of the gravel into the little green JD dump trailer that is being pulled or pushed by the JD lawnmower and then the gravel being dumped into the frame and shoveled by me into the three sections of the leveled frame.

A bit labour intensive but doable

Another load in the JD dump trailer

The good news are that our garden centres, hardware and building centres will be allowed to open up again in a couple of days as the curve of new Covid-19 cases has flattened here in our area.

While our work is in progress, stay tuned to my next update to see how we get on with the new shed. Thanks for following my blog. Wishing everyone a great weekend and a Happy Mother's Day to all moms!


  1. Lots of heavy labor going on. Looking forward to seeing the finished project.

    1. Bill, having another project to use our muscles is in lieu of going to the jim and more rewarding ;-)

  2. You've definitely got your work cut out for you with that large shed. Looking forward to the finished assembly.
    Be Safe and Enjoy your project.

    It's about time.

    1. Rick the platform is a bit larger than the actual shed and there will be no assembling required. The company brings the shed, puts it on the pad and voila!

  3. I can't wait to see the shed! Is it a 'she' shed this time? :)

    1. Patsy my garden shed is really my shed and I mess around in it. This new shed has a different purpose but it is to my liking also and I could see myself in it too.

  4. Looking forward to seeing the shed that arrives at your home.

    1. Thanks for your curiosity ;-) hope you'll like our choice!

  5. I really like the same two sheds that you chose as a potential to be your own. If you really needed a she shed I would be in accord, however I think that you are managing just fine without one. The Amish certainly are wonderful craftsmen.

    1. You are right, the Amish are fantastic craftsmen and they really enjoy their work as we could tell when visiting. Maybe someday I'll have a she shed but right now the garden shed is doing double duty.

  6. It is looking good already.But all your projects are wonderful. You both are such perfectionists.

    1. Thank you but I have to give that compliment back to you. All the houses you built and rebuilt and the yacht you built were exquisit. Can't wait to see your next project.