The Well Shed

A couple months after my daughter was born, shortly after we applied for a variance to rezone the property, my father got a break between jobs (and a little antsy) and decided that we start on building a structure around the well that will house our water system.

Typically bylaws in BC have a minimum allowable shed size that don’t require obtaining a building permit. We wanted to keep within the unpermitted requirements (10 m2 / 107 ft2) so we all agreed an 9x9 footprint would work perfectly for what we needed it for.

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The Inspiration

Our idea was simple; we needed a fairly large wall to house the water system, another wall for a set of bunk beds for temporary sleeping arrangements during the build, and it needs to fit in with the style of the rest of our buildings. We pulled inspiration from this adorable little building on Pinterest and the colour combinations from another.


The Plan & Construction

I quickly drew up a plan that we were all happy with and he went to work.

The “foundation” was a double layer perimeter of 6x6 pressure treated timbers. Simple 2x4 walls and 2x8 rafters were framed to make the structure. 1/2” sheathing and building paper were applied to the exterior walls and batt insulation with vapour barrier was added internally. We found some lightly used casement windows at a reuse-it centre (larger than preferred, but the cost out weighed the size) and purchased an exterior door with simple hardware at the local hardware store. To finish for the time being we added a couple sheets of plywood to a couple of the interior walls for support to build our bunk beds against and added peel and stick to the roof for waterproofing.

To build the bunk beds we brought over our old memory foam mattress (a queen) and cut it in half. We took that measurement to build out the size of the beds, which ended up being just shy of a twin. We’re talking small, but it’ll work. Since it would house our tools during the build, we added a little plywood shelving in the wasted space at the end of the bunk beds.


Although it still needed siding, soffiting, and proper roofing material, we were shocked how quickly the price added up. We know it does, but prices from one town to another was vastly different. What we had hoped to be a few thousand dollars has just doubled. Turns out it would have been cheaper to buy from our previous town than it was to buy locally - including the ferry costs! But we’ll save the complete and honest break down for you another time.

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