The easiest part of our garden was the shed! When I say easiest I don’t include the dismantling of the shed of course! The shed was in a small courtyard garden and had been built to fit the space. There was about an inch of space between the brick walls and the shed walls. It had been built by a local timber company Duchy Timber who have a reputation for producing good timber and amazing sheds. It was worth recycling. Having taken it to bits, lifted it 6 feet in the air and carried it through a neighbours garden we ended up carrying some of the panels home! My Morris Minor and trailer not being big enough to transport the panels home.
What do you do with a recycled shed? The exciting part. Rebuilding the shed. It is time for innovation to abound. So first thing first was to level the ground and place the floor. Next was erection of the walls and finally a new roof and felt. Not very innovative….. So here is a list of the changes made:
- Recycled windows placed into the shed. My wife found a load of old sash windows in a skip. She asked permission and was allowed to remove the windows. I had to do a bit of timing but aside from that, I simply built a frame for them to fit into.
- Porch and wood store. We needed a new wood store and here was the perfect opportunity to fit one. I think it all blends in well with the shed.
- Finally, the hammock strung between the porch timbers!
Ok so not a massive amount of transformation but when you consider the cost of the shed… £0, the cost of the windows…. £0 and the cost of the extra timber £0 (scrounged once again!), you end up with a very good bargain. The felt was given to me by a neighbour who had some left over from their shed build. The only cost was a new 18mm piece of plywood.
Next steps. In no order of preference:
- Solar system installed into the shed to handle garden lighting and powering the pond pump. And of course the model railway!
- Model railway HQ. A hole cut in the side of the shed will allow the train to exit the shed, march gracefully up the side of the fence and supply Cider to waiting hands!
- A living roof. This might take some effort. I will want to brace the walls and then build the sides of the roof up. Unsure about this but then again, I have always wanted to do one!
Here are some photos of the finished shed.