Figure out how to spend money, more specifically.
I hauled 19 weathered sandbags out from under the Lair this morning, emptied them into the wheelbarrow, and dumped the sand on to what soon (I sincerely intend) will be the floor of the new woodshed. Moving the sandbags was necessary because they’re plugging access to my septic line, which I fear may need work, and because they were pretty much rotted anyway. That spared me from having to bring more sand up from the wash.
Now I need pavers and poles and concrete and metal roofing and something to do for sides – I’m thinking stockade fencing if it doesn’t cost the world. Also while I’m at it I’ll get the concrete and rebar and forms I need for pouring the bedroom addition piers. I’ve got the money in the bank to do that much…I think.
I’m going to line the floor and walls with hardware cloth, which I already scrounged – it won’t keep rats out, since the front of the shed will be open, but it will keep them from starting their nests at the rear of the building. If they get that much head start the wood in the back is just urine-encrusted rat condo/tomb by the time I get to it. Nasty.
To get the materials I have to coordinate with my neighbors D&L. They frequently used to get deliveries of building materials from the big town about 35 miles away – that supplier has free Wednesday deliveries, but it would be difficult to arrange deliveries to the Lair since the supplier doesn’t use all-terrain trucks. Also I don’t exactly have an identifiable address. “Go down the ridge from Ian’s pumphouse and hang a left at the dead juniper” isn’t sufficiently specific. So I’ll need to pay D&L, then pick up the stuff from their place after the supplier drops it off. No problem, just a coordination hassle. But it’s time to get a move on, this early warm weather is a blessing. Two years ago Monsoon came before I had the new siding fully painted, which meant I had to rush, and I’d like to avoid that this year.
I originally intended to start the addition behind the side window, but I’m moving away from that. Right now I have seasonal clothing storage in three different places and it’s a pain in the ass. So I want the bedroom big enough to contain an actual closet. I could come out to the side more, but that would interfere with the drainage ditch and things would get really complex. Or I can trim my juniper back some and start the front of the addition at the front of the cabin, and put the door right where the window is now. I don’t really want to mess with the juniper, but I’ve about decided that would be the simplest solution. What do you think?