It’s Natalie here! I do a lot of the writing about tiny homes here, but today I want to show you what my husband and I have been working on — an 8×6 pallet shed using tons of reclaimed materials and rough cut lumber from a local sawmill.
We have three little kids and live in a *small* 1,100 square foot home on about an acre of land where we have goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, quail and a peacock. Homesteading is important to us, but we really wanted to get the animal feed and lawn/garden supplies out of our basement so they were easier to access and didn’t attract mice into our house.
It took us about a month with *many* interruptions from children, sickness, vacation and other projects, but we finally finished it — and for under $400 in materials (which with current lumber prices is a steal). While we are using it for storage, the basic idea could easily be transformed into a tiny living space for one.
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Simple Shed Project for Under $400
The last step is to strip & paint these doors barn red!
Our local sawmill still hasn’t raised their lumber prices, so all the siding is rough-cut pine we got for $1.40 per 1×4 board.
It’s on a cinder block foundation (reclaimed from my father-in-laws old garden). The pallets we acquired from local businesses tossing them.
Believe it or not, this was FREE plywood from a charity that needed to empty out its new building quickly. Facebook Marketplace has all kinds of deals.
We did purchase furring strips and 2x4s for the roof that were new. Ultimately we had more money than time to wait for more reclaimed materials because we wanted this to be done by the end of the summer.
My amazing husband, who I couldn’t have done this without.
Me, breaking all kinds of rules standing on the top step of an old ladder that we found in our basement when we moved in.
Ultimately we framed the front wall around the two reclaimed barn doors my parents had gifted us last year.
The galvanized metal roofing was also purchased new because I couldn’t find any to reclaim. We also wanted a newer roof to keep water off our hay/feed.
Absolutely nothing about this structure is square, but that’s the risk of working with pallets and rough-cut wood.
Here it is filled up with stuff! As you can tell, you could easily put a kitchenette on one side and a couch/futon on the other.
Pallets also make great tool racks.
We left the walls un-insulated, and they’re great for hanging everything.
We can fit about 10 bales of hay on the rafters here, and we plan on buying a couple more 2x4s to maximize the vertical space.
A view of the rest of the homestead. That A-Frame is a chicken/duck house I built last summer.
Simple, quiet living.
- 8×6 Shed
- Metal shed-style roof
- Total cost: ~$400
- Siding: $200-ish
- Metal Roofing: $117
- Framing Lumber: $85
- Screws (that we didn’t already own): $7
- Hinges/lock: $20
- Took about a month to build, but could be done in 3 solid days without interruption
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