As my kids have gotten older we have accumulated more stuff and this stuff distracts from the #DadTime that we have together. It seems the older they get the more things that we have and that means the more things that we have to store. The challenge that I have found in the home that we live in is that the garage that was put on to our home, while large enough for our vehicles, is not large enough for all of the stuff that we have accumulated.
I have for years wanted to find a way to get some of the stuff out of our garage as I am always spending my dad time putting things away (or so it seems). The problem, is that the neighborhood that we live in has specific rules for what we can or can not have on the outside of our home. Luckily, I am the President of our neighborhood association and have for the last few years been working to change our bylaws so that sheds could be allowed. Just this year I was able to get enough votes to add in a provision that would allow ships to be built on a property. Now, the shed has to be a certain size and has to look a certain way butt the best piece of this is that I can now have a shed.
So for an early fathers day I bequeathed upon myself the ability to purchase something that would allow me to gain space and #DadTime too, a shed! Recently I took a trip to my local Lowe’s store to check out the sheds that I have seen on their lot for many years. I had been impressed with the look of many of these sheds and now with the change in the bylaws I have the opportunity to actually build one. Almost immediately I found the shed that I wanted, the Heartland Straford Saltbox. It was the right size and the right dimensions for the space that we wanted to place a shed Within. What are the nice thing is is that Lowe’s offers everything that you need to be able to build the shed yourself or you can even pay them to put it up for you if you don’t have the skills or the time to put it up yourself. We ended up ordering everything that we needed for me to be able to start the project and they would deliver everything for a minimal fee and then I was ready to go. Lowes was definitely the right place to go to be able to make this fathers day an amazing one in my perspective!
Well, maybe not completely ready. You see, when I got home I had to actually prepped the area to begin the project because the area that the shed is going in has been an area that has been overgrown for many years. Thus, I had to spend quite a bit of time first Mowing and cutting all of the grassy areas down. Then, I had to take the time to be able to try and flatten out some of the areas as well. We also had to make the decision to get rid of our playset as this would be in the way of where the shed would go and the kids really we’re not using it any further. So we were able to sell the playset and prep the area. I also had to take some time to spray all of the area to try and kill off any grass that was there. Luckily all of the supplies that I needed for that I picked up at Lowe’s as well and I also picked up some weed mat that I can put down under the shed to hopefully keep the weeds to a minimum for the years to come.
So I am prepped, ready and waiting for the delivery of the shed so that we can start this project and over the next few weeks I’m going to be working on the project with a few friends. Luckily I have some good people to help me and because I work full time I have to do this kind of slow but as the old adage goes slow and steady wins the race. I have my Kobalt tools at the ready and I am willing and waiting for the fun to begin.
I love that I’m finally able to get the shed that I always wanted and I can do it by building it myself and I am so looking forward to seeing all the extra space that this is going to offer my family once everything is completed as well as all of the extra #DadTime that it is going to give me too now that things can be out of site whenever I need them to be, thus freeing me up for basketball, soccer, baseball or whatever else the girls want to do with this old guy!!
What would a #DadTime project be for you that would draw you closer to your kids? Leave me a comment and let me know!
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