The Farm’s tool shed, much like the main house, was built in three separate stages. The original structure, or the tool shed proper, was built before the Legacy side of the main house and is showing its age, to say the least. The idea was to have a place to store tools, people, and food while the house was being constructed. As monies were budgeted to be spent on the main house, the tool shed was relegated to second- or maybe fourth-tier materials for its build.
Four trees of appropriate size were located and summarily cut down to serve as the four corners of the shed. Placed approximately twenty feet apart, they were first treated with oil and then sunk into the ground. The subfloor, walls, and roof were constructed out of the culled lumber that was deemed unworthy of the main house, and the plywood that makes up the walls and floors was rescued from a demolition project somewhere in the county. The same went for the metal roofing.
At some point it began to snow, and the Lady of the Manor was desirous of covered parking. More trees were harvested, both big and small, and the roof was extended off of the east side of the shed with more reclaimed metal of a different color to form two bays big enough to park small cars or trucks. Eventually, it began to really snow, and another addition was made of more cut down trees, extending off of the north side of the tool shed. More metal of yet a third color was somehow procured for the roofing, and now the Farm’s source of firewood for its wood stoves was protected from the elements.
As of today, all of the raw trees are still bearing their loads, and nothing has collapsed. The reclaimed plywood that was used for the west wall was never finished or protected in any way, and would complement any Third World shantytown’s streetscape.
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