Both today and this past weekend we have been further detailing our construction documents for the GAP Shed. Nicole, Ashley, and I have been working mainly on the structure of the revit file, whereas the others have been more focused on the sinks, cooler, drainage, and sliding panel system. This weekend we spent a lot of time trying to make the best use of the material. This means that we were trying to optimize dimensions soas to not waste lumber. Outside dimensions for plywood wall components should therefore be in 4 foot or 8 foot increments. Also, we want the wall heights to be 8 feet so we can you typical 8 foot 2 x’s.
I spent a lot of time researching and detailing the roof system. This included developing a truss system that uses notches in the wood as joinery. You can see the details in the image above, but the small 2×4 that connects the ridge to the beam of the truss is notched on both ends so as to accept both components. I also worked on optimizing these wood members in order to save money.
Going along with the roof, I researched 5V crimp metal roofing, which we will use for our structure. These panels come in 2 foot panels (by whatever length you need), and they connect to one another through overlapping the “v” components. A detail is shown in the image above. This form of metal roofing is very popular because it is very economical, but it is also durable. Along with these panels, we will need a ridge cap and possibly some other components to prohibit leaking.
I can definitely say I have learned a lot about roofs over the past couple of days, and I am excited to actually start building this structure.