Well, as you can see, work has begun on transforming, 'The Garden Shed of Epic Proportions' into Sketchbook Squirrel's new HQ. Just now there is no floor, no roof and no door for that matter, but it's all been jolly good fun ripping and tearing the old and rotten wood and giving this once useful and, in it's way rather endearing old ship lap building a new lease of life. Make do and mend as they say.
|Before the real work began.|
It takes a lot of imagination to see how this will turn out.
Double width doors with double 3/4 length windows
should really maximise the light.
|Without a floor, but the original door can be seen|
in the left hand corner,
and the original waxed lining paper is still on the walls.
Inside is big enough for a few students to come for workshops.
|No longer a roof over our heads.|
|Peeling back the years.|
here's the original roof covering.
So different to what we have nowadays
Of course, common sense would say, just tear the whole thing down and get a sparkly new cabin built. Well, yes but have you seen how much they cost! My goodness, I had a quote for a new log cabin built to the same size that was going to set me back about £9,000. I don't know about you, but thought that was a little excessive. So, with carpentry skills care of Dad and a small budget set aside, it's the DIY option for me.
The old shed does have it's charms. It dates back to somewhere in the 1940s and we believe that the garden was not it's original destination, there is evidence to suggest this building had a prior use and has a second door in the back that doesn't match the front. As was so often the case back then, old buildings could be bought and moved to new locations. Just now, there are loads of Victorian signal boxes that have been decommissioned and are being sold off, with some survivors being given Listed Status. Hmmm, now one of those would make a lovely summer house.