Archive for June 7th, 2009

7th June
2009
written by Dom
My first sketchup render - it's all to scale - but I don't know about the roller shutter yet

My first sketchup render - it's all to scale - but I don't know about the roller shutter yet

OK – it’s not an ecospace studio yet(!) – just the first stab at seeing how the windows fit into the overall space I’ve got – and I don’t reckon it’s too bad. I plan on building the walls out of a sandwich of “kingspan” insulated foam panels glued to sheets of weatherproof Oriented Strand Board (OSB3). They’ll be hung from 4inch square timber posts sunk in concrete post-holders at the four corners and butting up to either side of the doors. I’ll then clad the whole lot in cedar (if I can afford it).

I plan on insulating the floor of the office section with more kingspan and making the roof out of the same kingspan/OSB sandwich. I’m in two minds about felting the roof or putting a sedum “living roof” up there – again price will be the key. I welcome your comments! (click the “0 Comments”) link below.

You can download the Google sketchup shed model itself here (Google sketchup is a free download for mac and pc available from here)

7th June
2009
written by Dom
Taxi driver Stuart, my first supplier, with my new sliding door.

Taxi driver Stuart, my first supplier, with my new sliding door.

Very excited this weekend! having rebuilt my iPhone on Friday/Saturday I went to collect my first purchase this morning. What we have here is an aluminium sliding patio door. roughly 1.7m wide by 2m tall. It cost me the princely sum of £71 – which is probably more than I wanted to pay (especially as I went 4 days on eBay as the only bidder at 99p!), but it was just up the road and how often do these things come up?

[Note: as it happens, sliding doors can be found more and more often on eBay now, as the older aluminium designs don’t meet the regulations required for houses – the locks aren’t good enough, they don’t insulate so well…]

With three sealed double glazed units my father-in-law was throwing out I reckon I now have all the glazing I need for my shed. I’m working on a Google sketchup design for the shed itself – but it looks absolute pants right now – will post it when I’ve figured out how to use the package better!