Finishing the Shed

Putting up soffet.Doors and windows in!The finishing of a project always takes longer than its basic construction. To help put up the soffet and facia Uncle Alan came again on July 12, and the same day we were also able to put up the plastic wrap and install the doors and windows. This went smoothly because we had bought the windows and doors before we built the shed, and had been able to make the openings just the right size.

Putting up sidingThe next step was to put up the cedar siding to match the house. Donald, Jonathan, and David had stained it ahead of time, and even though Dad and I worked together on it whenever we had time, it was over a month before that step was complete.

Shelves ready for service!To make the shed useable, we needed plenty of shelf space. I came up with a plan for the shelves based on what they would be used for, and as it turned out some of our stored lumber worked perfectly. With other projects going on simultaneously, building the shelves took five weeks.                                                              .

Drain PipesThe ramp is taking shape!For easy lawn mower access, we planned to make a ramp up to the door. But before building it, we made sure to install the underground drain pipes to carry the water from the gutters to the creek. Meanwhile we had poured a little concrete pad in front of the door as a landing for the ramp. It was into October before the ramp was built.

Lastly, on October 12 we put up the gutter and downspout. The shed is now fully functioning and things around here are becoming much more organized. The feeling of completion is amazing – but a combination of patience and determination is required to bring any project to the finish line.There's the downspout all in place.End result.The joy of organization!


Purposing to accomplish God’s goals in God’s time regardless of the opposition.


  1. James November 9, 2007 at 7:23 am #

    It is great to have the shed ready for service. With things being moved in from the barn and garage, we are feeling much more organized. I can’t believe all the work that has to go into such a project!

  2. Esther November 11, 2007 at 1:26 pm #

    Wow. It all looks very well done. I can’t wait to see it for real and step inside. 🙂

  3. Dad November 11, 2007 at 5:50 pm #

    Wow! Almost four months of planning and praying, thinking and drawing, scheduling and coordinating, sawing and hammering, …
    I really enjoyed working out so many practical decisions with you and all those who helped us. In the multitude of counselors there is safety – how many times have we measured twice so we only had to cut once.
    May the shed serve you well and the Lord continue to bless the work of your hands.

  4. Joshua, Hannah, and Markie November 14, 2007 at 6:20 pm #

    We’re looking forward to seeing the result of a job well planned and well done. See you soon!

  5. Donald November 15, 2007 at 5:08 pm #

    The Lord is teaching me about determination too Michael. It’s great to see your living example and the end result. Knowing a little of all that went on behind the scenes, even a nice picture of a well-done downspout was a beautiful sight.

  6. Michael July 18, 2008 at 1:54 pm #

    Thank you everyone for all your help!!! I amazes me to think of all the people who make things like this possible by serving and providing for the needs of others – and that includes even those who manufacture downspout and screws and plywood and the food we ate……!

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