My shed was built using only found and foraged materials from around Christchurch. It stands on a brick base, with a porthole door and recycled windows. The tool wall and work bench complete the utilitarian but charming multipurpose space that serves as a work shed, conservatory, potting shed, glasshouse, office space and dining room.
My kit-set gypsy cabin came from Trade Me. My son and daughterin- law helped bring it to life, and it was my job to do all the painting! The inspiration for the colour scheme came from a sign which said, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” (the sign sits in the cabin now). It is a lovely little retreat, and the green and white theme makes it easy for relaxing in too.
My shed was originally conceived as an entry, via an external spiral staircase, to my workshop above my garage. Wooden floors with carpeting, furniture, lighting and many power points complete the building, now standing at the maximum height allowed of 8m, 5m across its base, tapering to 4m over the gallery level. Flashing light extensions help give the the appearance of a lighthouse!
My shed was once a spa gazebo, filled in and clad with rough-sawn board and batten on the outside, linseed-oiled ply on the inside. The bar is the pulpit from a former Methodist Church next door, with a new top made from macrocarpa slab from the local mill. The large sink was brought back as hand luggage from Ikea in Brisbane. The Agee jar and steampunk-style light fittings came from Trade Me.
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