• Country means outbuilding first, house later

    by  • November 30, 2002 • Home Building, Our diary-the first five years • 2 Comments

    After buying property in October 2000, we started the building and  site preparation process, by having the house pad graded and the ‘pond’ filled in. Next, were plans for our first ‘outbuilding’, an 8 x 16 shed. The house wouldn’t be begun until Feb 2004.

    From November 2002

    Folks in this area build their garages, barns and shed first, then….build their homes. Usually, this is so they can live in it, or store tools in preparation for building. We had tools and equipment to store so, this was the reason we built our shed first.  In his auto repair shop office in Fresno, our good friend Russ sketched out the plan and made a list of materials in about 15 minutes, writing on the back of an envelope.

    Rain was predicted the weekend of the build so we had supplies delivered by Lowe’s to Russ’s new pole barn. The sides and floor were assembled inside the barn and transported to our place the same day. That afternoon, the concrete block piers were placed at the bottom of the ‘circle drive’ at the end of the driveway.

    Son, Greg, daughter, Madeline and friends Ed, Russ and Jeff came over to help. The floor was constructed sides added and roof trusses built on site. We all worked from 7am to 7pm and the next morning, veryone arrived again at 7am, to put the roof on. That evening we had enough energy to barbeque at the neighbors and were joined by the wives and everyone on our circle.  We all walked down  to see the finished shed and took a group photo.

    There is no way we can adequately thank everyone for the help for this project. We are most thankful to have wonderful friends here, who are like family to us. Without them, living up here wouldn’t be half as rewarding and time after time they have come through for us with friendship, labor and support.


    Sue Langley, a passionate gardener and photographer lives and gardens with her husband and Corgi, Maggie on 7 acres just south of Yosemite, Zone 7 at 3000 feet. She also manages the Flea Market Gardening Facebook page and website.

    2 Responses to Country means outbuilding first, house later

    1. November 30, 2010 at 9:09 pm

      If people around here in suburbia did this you’d see plots with outdoor barbecues and swimming pools and gazebos before the houses, but we seem so wrapped up in THE HOUSE that the land and the smaller, site-sensitive structures on it don’t get much attention. I like seeing the sense of community and neighborliness that these projects bring out, another trait that seems a little lacking here in the city.

    2. December 1, 2010 at 9:25 am

      You know, James, building a house is something I never thought I’d do, always having lived in the suburbs myself. We found it to be pretty reasonably priced though, course we had already bought the land. Now, I realize the risks, as the fire that came through 9 mos after we bought could have wiped us out, or, there could have been no water…

      The community is wonderful and our friends invaluable. I think when there is a crisis, people come out to help, even in cities, hopefully.

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