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March 13, 2010 at 3:51 am #251649
My backyard shed (3x4m) is falling apart and the cement floor is breaking down also, its almost time to replace it. My thoughts were to replace it with a greenhouse that would double as a backyard shed (since most of my tools etc are kept in another shed).
Currently the space is used as storage for chook food, pots, fertiliser (organic of course), garden tools as well as housing the chooks overnight. My thoughts were to knock the existing structure down and replace it with a frame with laserlight or similar on the roof and walls. Perhaps incorporate a water tank down the South side to double as a bench/heat sink/water veg space. New raised chook house above the current composting chook run beside the shed.
Has anyone made anything similar and does anyone have any thoughts on construction/materials, etc? Should I cement the floor again and incorporate proper drainage or have a rubble/composted/paved/??? floor?March 13, 2010 at 9:59 am #457037
Our shed is looking rather dodgy too. Not so much the structure, but the floor is shocking.
However replacing it (eg: digging it out and re-pouring the concrete) would cost WAY too much.
Our current plan is to fill in the cracks with that expandable foam gap filler stuff, sand/carve it down so it’s kinda flat, and lay some sort of rubber matting followed by some type of outdoor/indoor carpet.
Of course, our shed is 7 by 5 metres (garage more than shed) and part of this conversion includes turning it into my sewing space so there aren’t piles of fabric all over the house.
If I was making a garden shed/greenhouse then I’d be more inclined not worry about concreting the floor – as long as all my seeds were kept in mouse-proof containers.
Keep in mind that here in SA a laserlight-roofed building will get stinkingly disgustingly hot in summer unless you rig up some sort of shadecloth cover for it.March 13, 2010 at 10:55 am #457038
My father-in-law did something smiliar, for the roof he put shade cloth on, in winter he could roll it up and in summer roll it down. For the floor around the outside he paved it with used bricks and concrete pavers. On the inside he used wood shavings and saw dust on the earth floor, he also had a couple ponds in the ground to keep the humidity up so it didn’t get too dry. He had some wonderful water lillys growing in them along with guppys to keep the bugs down. I was mouse proof but it didn’t end up being frog proof.March 13, 2010 at 9:16 pm #457039
Instead of laserlight see if you can get get some twin wall polycarbonate sheeting for the roof and walls it has the advantage of having the air gap between layers and therefore insulating properties. You will also want to make sure you have some reasonable vents in it to open in the summer if needed. You will need shading of some sort.
I have gravel in the bottom of my glasshouse at the moment. I think the woodshavings I had before were better and I will be going back to them. Just make sure any surface underfoot is not too smooth as otherwise when wet with algae growth on it it will be very slippery.
I must admit to being intrigued by the greenhouse/chookhouse combined structure in Bill Mollinsons “Permaculture” where the chooks warmth is used to heat the greenhouse. Might be worth looking at something like that if you are rebuilding the chookhouse to.March 13, 2010 at 9:49 pm #457040
Ali you can get some stuff especially for leveling/gap filling concrete.
In fact I think there are a couple of products.
1 is like sloppy concrete that you trowel flat, the other just oozes over the surface finding it’s own level
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