Next step, install the floor. A truck load of steel was delievered, I had worked out to the millimetre, exactly how long each piece was to be, so all cut to length (hopefully). Then it was tekscrews and bolts to bolt it all together. The hardest part was drilling the 12mm +bolt holes. Man that’s hard work! Lifting beams I had the block and tackle, but drilling holes in steel was a real slog for me. I went through (or wrecked) many drill bits, but got there in the end. Still using solar power from the van the whole time.
There was a lot of work to do, and with a fully closed shed with 5m high walls, no windows, there was very limited light to start building the floor, so the first step was to cut a hole in a wall and fit the first window.
I purchased a secondhand, awning opening, double aluminium window for around $200.
I had basic tools, and put the angle grinder to good use, after lifting the window from floor to upper level height with the block and tackle, then worked out where to put the window, add cross timbers to support the window and wall opening.
Then it was lower the window out of the way, cut the hole, and being fine weather, there wasn’t too much pressure to get it fitted in the one day, but I managed to cut the hole, place the window and get it secured with timbers across top and bottom, then sides.
I ordered 2 27,000L tanks. I didn’t have my sand pad done (sand not delivered in time), so got them dropped in the paddock. I then used ropes, chains and decking boards and a couple of ceiling battens to use as skids, and slid the tanks away from the shed. Sand finally delivered, leveled it out by hand, then dragged the tanks into place, again using ropes, chains and skids… and the van.
I created a first flush diversion by adding a T section and drop pipe in the PVC of each downpipe (last photo). An end cap screws off for cleaning, and I also added a small hole to the bottom of the cap, so small showers won’t make it to the tanks, and any heavier dirt settles in the bottom of the drop pipes, which get cleaned periodically.
A kit shed, I paid a couple of locals to put it up. I should have done that myself too. I helped, with my scaffolding, and as the saying goes… if you want it done right, you should do it yourself. I should have. But, it’s up, and all issues that were provided by the installation have been “fixed”, as well as I can fix them anyway.
The team that did the earth works and pad did an absolutely beautiful job no complaints there at all.
October of 2017 I bought a few acres in a rural setting, somewhere in Australia.
I then purchased a kit shed, helped to erect it, and set about a plan to DIY an off-grid retreat.
I designed the floor to cut the height in half, using C purlin steel structure, topped with tongue and groove MDF timber, and then tiles laid with “flexible” adhesive and grout.
I ordered a set of steel stringers (?) that hold the treads on a set of stairs. I ordered the treads from a local timber mill, $7/tread. I used a block and tackle to lift anything I couldn’t manage by hand and worked away with using the power from my van, which had an auxilary battery, inverter and 120W solar panels on it’s roof. That was the sole power source until I got the solar power system installed in July 2018.