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    built a shed for my gym.

    3 years ago I came here looking for advice on a cheap rack. I got it and more. I didn't have a spot in the house where I could overhead press besides my back porch. I hung a couple tarps and set up a 6.5 x 8 platform. I lifted out there like that through 3 winters. They all sucked but I kept telling myself that I was gonna build something someday. Someday finally came.

    I planned out a structure 10x14 not big but big enough to hold all the crap that I have but small enough that I have to quit buying more things.

    My first obstacle was that I live on the side of a mountain. I had an 8x10 metal shed that was on about my only flat location.So with the help of my 9 year old son I jacked it up and rolled it over out of the way.

    The outside went up quickly and my brother didn't like my build a door to save money plan so he found me a door from a school auction that I could just take from an entire pile of them for free. The outside dimensions are 10x14 with the rear wall being 8ft tall and the front wall being 10 feet tall.

    My plans were to hang a single light and do nothing with the floor this year to keep costs down around my $2k budget. I ended up getting a 4 pack of cheap led lights from Amazon and my wife found dense rubber snap together gym mats on my local FB marketplace for $2 a tile.

    I insulated it with some bubble wrap mylar foil backed insulation that isn't gonna be great but is gonna beat the hell out of a tarp when winter does come and keeps it surprisingly cool in there up until lunch time or so.

    Chadsalt sold me a Rogue gun rack so that I didn't walk back into my SSB and blacken my other eye. I have some more electrical to do but since my wall cavities are all open I'm waiting to see where it turns out that I want outlets. For winter heat I've got a wall mount propane heater or a propane tor**** heater but I'd rather not use that one indoors.

    I did stick pretty well to a $2000 budget. The floor tiles and cheap harbor freight nail gun I bought ended up putting me over by around $90. My next post from my phone will have the pictures. If you all have any comments or questions let me know.
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    leaving here for photos.
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    Sounds well deserved. Congrats.
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    Nicely done!

    I'd watch CL and FB Marketplace for a couple of windows if that interests you. I'd want windows that open in the summer, but when I built my kids a playhouse, I made a skyllight and windows using lexan. That also worked for natural light and was cheap since it was a CL find.
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    Brilliant work!

    You can't beat a good shed.
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    looks great man.
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    Well done. The physical transformation and the shed build, you earned both of them.

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    Great work, particularly given the terrain, in my company we construct a lot of timber cabins and chalets, undertaking a project on sloping ground adds an extra challenge to any job.

    All 3 of my home gyms have been located in sheds of one form or another, close enough to the house for convenience, far enough away to play my music loud and cuss.

    Reps on spread.
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    Nice, man. I'm still on my patio myself and have been through a few cold winters as well. Getting motivation to build my own dedicated shed gym.
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    Looks awesome mate. Cant wait to do this myself.
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    Great job, reps for you.
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    Thanks all. I actually have a small ac I could poke through the wall but my wife said no AC in there if I don't put it in the kids bedrooms so now I'm making due with pre 7am workouts with the door open and fan on. Well actually here in PA we had a frost warning on Tuesday so it hasn't been all that bad in there yet. I didn't add a window because I figured I'd just put a bar through it.
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    Awesome!! you motivate me a lot to build my own!! Great jobs!
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    Great work. I'm so jelly!
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    Looks great, man. Nice craftsmanship.
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    To be fair its slightly out of square, the door is slightly crooked, and the door is backwards the key is on the inside. Since the door was so heavy I opted to hang it in the corner rather than out on the wall so backwards it is. I had planned on just putting in a new lockset and drilling out for a deadbolt but its a commercial door and the hardware was so expensive I just went the hasp and padlock route.

    Yesterday I went through and flush mounted the lights to the ceiling because I hit the one with ohp. I also cut the Rogue Monster bench down by 2 inches and took 6 inches of width off the front of the bench. I had talked about doing this in the past but now that I've actually done it I wish that I would have done it day 1.

    Wifi didn't work with the foil backed insulation and being 75 feet from my house didn't help so I used a cheap wifi extender and now can listen to music in there.

    I'm in the market now for a cheap bluetooth speaker. I may just go with a echo though because of the voice control options.
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