I gues then I would think of the shed as more a "bike garage" with
room for storing other things rather than a shed in which bikes can be
put. If all the bikes have a real place where they belong and it's
easier to get them in it than find a place in the garage to leave em
then you've at least got a chance of them ending up there at the end
of the day. Otherwise it's just going to be space that gets filled up
and you'll be right back where you are now.
God help you when they start driving :)
Then just go to BJ's or Sam's Club or some such place and get one of
their pre-built sheds delivered. The Cedar shed on a pallet that someone
else mentioned is a nicer looking alternative, but if wheeling something
in and putting a skirt around it is too much trouble for you now then
you'll probably never go through the trouble of disassembling the nice
looking cedar shed later. Therefore since you must buy something then
buy something that you won't be sorry to leave behind.
When I was a kid, my dad had an ice fishing shack that he made in a
weekend out of 1/2" plywood. Rather than making it as a permenent
structure that would take up space year-round, he screwed 2" x 2" studs
around the perimeter of each sheet of ply on the inside, and 1"x stock
around the outside perimeter of each sheet to look like trim. Then,
the whole deal was nailed together with a few duplex nails, while we
drilled holes through the studs for carriage bolts to hold the thing
together. The base was sort of like a pallet with skis on either side
and a piece of plywood with a trapdoor for a floor- the walls attached
to it with the same carriage bolts and wing nuts used in the whole
thing. The roof was the same as the walls, with a little slant to it
to let the snow slide off and some shingles (or maybe plastic, I forget
which). Anyhow, the thing would disassemble pretty easily and the
peices fit right on top of the base for transport out to the lake, or
from one lake to another. It held up to some fairly ferocious winds
and rough weather conditions, and he's still got the thing- though it
is now being used as a shed in the backyard.
Last fall, we used a similar method for building a foundation form at
work (with stouter lumber and cross bracing), and it worked well for
that also. We took the form peices back to the shop after the pour,
and they're still good for at least a couple more uses.
After everything is said and done- it's a shed. I'd lay some pallets
on the yard (or set a couple of posts and leave the ground bare), put
some plywood or hardboard over them, and build on that platform with
standard sized sheets of plywood or chipboard with a timber frame
around the perimeter of each sheet to bolt the sucker together. It's
quick and easy, can be painted however you like, as big as you want it
to be (within reasonable limits- I wouldn't make it bigger than 8' x
16', myself) and can be partially disassembled for moving, or totally
disassembled to use the wood for something else later. Obviously,
it's not the preferred method for building a nice little permenent
shed, but it'd work nicely for a temporary outbuilding, and can be done
for under $500 in a day or two.
I had a similar situation when I lived at the trailer park. I needed a
substantial shed for secure storage. I built a nice sturdy
full-height shed, 10x10 at the base and 12x12 at the eaves. I never
gave a thought as to what I would do when I moved. Well, when I did
get ready to move, I was able to hire someone to move it for me. I
just looked in the phone book under house movers. I was able to hire a
guy to move my big shed 250 miles to my new location, no problem. For
someone who is used to moving houses, a shed is a non-event.
So if 4x8 is big enough for you then you should be able to buy or build
anything you want. You could even look for a mover in advance. I
think you should build or buy an extra sturdy shed that will stand up
to being towed at highway speed. I lost a few shingles on mine but was
otherwise was very happy and surprised at how easy it was to have a
rather large shed moved.
In my area, if you have a shed on skids . . . any tilt-back wrecker company
will move it for you at the same rate as towing a car . . . One guy here
says he would rather move an eight by ten shed than a full size pick-up . .
. Basically a dollar a mile . . . . I would line up a wrecker/mover and
build with the intent for it to fit on a tilt-back wrecker . . . this way
you are not limited to one hauler down the road . . . . My brother builds
large iron gates and has them moved this way . . . . he has a large wooden
skid, builds the gate on it, then calls the wrecker . . . cheaper than a
trucking company & most of these guys are independents and price is very
negotiable . . .
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