Archive for September, 2009

20th September
2009
written by Dom

There's more stuff in there than my old shed - which was three times the size

There's more stuff in there than my old shed - which was three times the size


love the contrast between office and shed here...

love the contrast between office and shed here...


I’ve done the back of the shed now (in stealthy shiplap), but spent most of today in a happy, contemplative stupor packing all my stuff into the shed… I took Clint Eastwood’s garage in Gran Torino as my benchmark – I love that movie, and it’s sad, but the garage is one of my favourite parts of it. I can’t fit a 1970′s Ford Gran Torino in there, but I don’t think I’ve done too bad.
I’ve managed to get everything that was in the old shed, plus the contents of under the sink (mostly car stuff – axle stands, t-cut etc), under the stairs (tools, drill bits and more car stuff). Very happy with the whole Santa’s grotto feel of it.
Plus (as you can see in the second photo) I love the way it’s hidden away in the sleek modern box… It’s kinda like visiting one of those minimalist houses you see in magazines, opening a cupboard and seeing a great pile of every day sh*te just fall out all over the floor (Kids toys, dog bones, wires, teenagers clutter – you know; the sort of stuff which always seems to be missing from these houses)- of course, it’ll be a while before the rest of the back yard looks like a clean, minimalist box, but I’m working on it ;-)
15th September
2009
written by Dom

Finally found an angle where I can fit it all in! (standing on the garden wall)

Finally found an angle where I can fit it all in! (standing on the garden wall)


mmm sharp edges

mmm sharp edges


Managed to clear the worst of the crap outta the way(!)

Managed to clear the worst of the crap outta the way(!)


Exterior is just about complete now – I have to finish off the rear and side (I have some shiplap panels kindly donated by my father-in-law) which will make the shed look quite normal and boring from these angles (this is how I want it – it’s kinda “stealthy”) – means burglars hopefully won’t notice it from the back entry.
Only other exterior job is to smooth off the roof edge and fit the “splashproof flashing”

13th September
2009
written by Dom

The cladding is now all on, and I finished up the roof more tidily. Working on a multi-level deck to integrate it into the back yard more snugly.
Sorry can’t take better pics, but I’ve got the washing out now(!)

Had to take this from the back room(!)

Had to take this from the back room (must clean the windows!)


office by night

office by night


I have so much crap shoved into the rest of the yard that I can't get a good angle!

I have so much crap shoved into the rest of the yard that I can't get a good angle!


Can just see the decking here

Can just see the decking here


You can get some sense of the different planes at work around the patio door here

You can get some sense of the different planes at work around the patio door here

11th September
2009
written by Dom

I was working from home this morning – freezing cold in my back room (as always) staring out the window at the sunshine and shed. Thought to myself – why did I build this thing anyway?

very cosy it is too!

very cosy it is too!

So I took my lunch break and went to Argos ;-)

The cladding’s still not done yet so I’ve been very careful not to include the exterior – which’ll hopefully come at the weekend.

Officially Shedworking!

Officially Shedworking!

6th September
2009
written by Dom
You can actually watch the building become slicker as you nail each board on!

You can actually watch the building become slicker as you nail each board on!

Rain stopped play unfortunately just as I was getting into the groove this afternoon. Can’t believe it’s my building under there! So glad I decided to go with the cedar now – shiplap would never have looked this slick. The wood is so easy to work and gives such a clean, sharp finish it’s untrue.

You can just see underneath the cladding next to the sliding door how I’ve “built out” the battening on the front of the shed to give a more dramatic front to the building. The cedar cuts like butter and offers such lovely smooth lines that I very quickly saw I could get the dramatic lines of the “Ecospace” studio quite simply by building additional depth into the front of the design…

I simply added another CLS batten underneath, allowing the cladding to “stick out”, making both the “step” at the end of the sliding door and the entrance to the roller shutter more defined, by adding more depth.

Am considering cedar cladding my volvo – it’s boxy enough…

1st September
2009
written by Dom

Tell me what you think

Tell me what you think


Realised that last comment mightn’t make sense without seeing the problem itself – here it is. The problem is that the felt at the top (and back) of the roof isn’t long enough for the straight, horizontal front-to-back solution I think I’d prefer… I’d welcome any opinions you may have.
1st September
2009
written by Dom

Cedar cladding arrived today while I was at work. My son answered the door but they wouldn’t help him carry it through to the back yard (Boo! you know who you are!) So my wife and family were effectively trapped by the 4.8m long planks which stretched literally from the front door to the back door of my house.

Each plank is 4.8m long - that should do it

Each plank is 4.8m long - trapped the dog in the house!

How shiny and smooth is that?

How shiny and smooth is that?

If you think (like me) that it looks pretty damn lovely, you should smell it! Can’t wait to fit it (although it will be the weekend before I get the chance). In the meantime I’ve got to decide how to finish the sides and back of the roof… In my hurry to lay the felt I didn’t leave enough overlap to cut it horizontally and maintain a clean line from front-to-back so debating whether to lay more felt on top or cut it diagonally, trying to maintain an even height from front-to-back. What do you think?