There is nothing like the smell of fresh cut cedar siding…unless of course you are the ones having to pound hundreds of nails into said siding so that it protects your shed from becoming a wet soggy OSB nightmare.

At some point in the past decade the previous owner built an addition on to the back of the garage for ‘shed’ storage.  The only way to access this storage is through the garage to the door at the back which we also rebuilt/reinstalled in our garage endeavours.  The door was home built and didn’t really close properly.

The shed is great storage, its actually very big and is housing all of our shop supplies and camping gear perfectly.  However, there are a few issues, when it was built they used OSB instead of a more weather resistant sheet good like plywood (issue #1) and then propped it up on patio blocking (issue #2) without compacting the soil and laying a bed of sand (issues #3) and then never finished the shed with any siding (issue #4).

In an attempt to save our handy little storage shed from complete failure we decided to address issues#3 + #4 right away so that the Vancouver rain which never ends would stop making a soggy mess out of our shed structure.


First we moved all of the tiles (yes…tiles…like the kind you put on your floor) from around the bottom perimeter of the shed and cleared away some of the soil that was touching the wood structure.  Then we cut out a few sections of ISB that were damaged from moisture and replaced them with bits we had laying around.  Then came the fun part…Tyvek and Cedar Siding.

We bought a roll of Tyvek house wrap and 110 1x6x6 cedar planks and went to town.  We opt’d to mimic the siding pattern on the shop so that when we paint the house and garage next year it will look like it was meant to be there.  It took a little more cedar to do it this way and a little more time, but the end result was worth it.