Before starting my question, let me say I've never tackled a project as grandious as building a shed, but now that I'm a home owner I'm really eager to start learning these building skills. I grew-up watching home repair shows on television, so though I've never done these tasks, I'd like to think these years of observation may come into good use.
Anyway, I'm looking at building a small shed, mainly for my riding mower, weed eater, and other yard tools -- and also to keep the garage open for me to work on my '55 Chevy :) I'll admit I want to build it as inexpensively as possible, but not cheap! My first major delimma is what flooring to use. I've looked at sheads who use plywood or some type of treated flooring instead of concrete, but what are the pro's and con's of this? I don't think i can afford a slab right now. I live in Central Texas, where it does get humid at times, and it rains -- but mild to hot weather for the most part year round.
In addition to yard equipment i want to build a small loft for boxes and other storage. I don't mind insulating it and making it as tight from the eliments as possible, but the flooring is something I'm concerned about. Also if I do use wood over concrete what do I put on the ground under the shed? I'm thinking some type of gravel or something to prevent too many things from growing or living. This I'd guess would also help me level the ground since my yard is rather hilly.
I'm looking at a barn-style roof for extra storage, and I'm guessing maybe 10'x10' or something similar - not sure until i get out and actually measure the area i want to use.
Thanks for any information, tips, or insight from those who do this more often then I :) I've lived in my home for 2 years now, and I'm hoping this'll be my first step towards making the home and yard truly my own :)