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How to Convert a Shed Into an Espresso Stand

Running a small espresso stand out of a shed on the side of the road is a unique and low-cost way to start a small business. The compactness of such an operation and the decreased nature of things like rent and utilities are contributing to these roadside stands increasing in popularity. Physically converting the shed into an espresso stand a fun way to repurpose an underused storage area. The project requires basic tools and some limited experience to install the window.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Caulking
  • Sliding window
  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • Galvanized wood screws, 3-inch
  • Power strip
  • Weatherproof extension cord
  • Shovel
  • Heavy-duty latch
  • Heavy-duty padlock
  • Table
  • Espresso machine
  • Coffee makers
  • Cash box
  • Water cooler
  • Mini refrigerator
  • Signs
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    • 1

      Measure the dimensions of the sliding window. Transfer these measurements to the drive-through side of your shed. Cut out a segment of the shed wall where the sliding window will be installed using a reciprocating saw. Check the fit again and make adjustments until the window fits snugly. Remove the window and coat the outside edge of the frame with caulking. Reposition the window and wipe off extra caulking.

    • 2

      Drill holes up and through the edges of the window frame into the shed boards, opening the windows if necessary to access the pre-drilled holes in the frame. Squeeze a bead of caulking in each hole and attach the window in place with 3-inch galvanized wood screws.

    • 3

      Run a power strip to your main preparation area and screw it to the wall or ground using 3-inch galvanized wood screws. Attach the other end to a waterproof extension cord, first knotting the ends together to prevent it from being pulled out accidentally. Run the extension cord out of the shed, keeping the plug inside the shed. Dig out a 6-inch channel for your extension cord to follow to its power source. Set the cord in the channel and fill it in again.

    • 4

      Position a heavy-duty latch on the outside of the door between the door and the door frame. Mark the positions for the built-in bolts on the latch to pass through. Drill out these holes in both the door and the frame. Push the latch's bolts through the holes and attach them on the other side with the included nuts. Padlock the door when closed with a heavy-duty padlock. Lock the windows as well.

    • 5

      Set up a sturdy table or tables within the shed. Position an espresso machine, multiple coffee makers, a cash box and a water cooler on the table. Set a mini refrigerator under the table.

    • 6

      Attach a sign outside to the top of the roof with the name and one by the drive-up window that shows a menu with prices.