We wanted an outdoor room that gave all the feeling of living in the middle of a forest. Though you are only a few steps from the main house, you feel as if you're in the Canadian wilderness. The windows are screened so you cannot see the outside world, there's old music on a 1940s radio and even the bird and animal sounds to complete the picture.
Every detail has been researched and added to capture that feel of the place and time of trappers lodgings from 1940s Saskatchewan - from the Arts and Crafts revival furniture to the native Cree designs and objects scattered around. It has a raised snug area with bedrolls, a store room for food and vitals and a main living area with a wood burning stove and battered chairs by the fireside.
Feeling that while you are only a few steps from the house, you're in the Canadian wilderness.
Taking what was once an old asbestos roofed garage and transforming it into a thing of beauty!
While the green oak barn was constructed by Oakwrights, all the interiors, floors, folk art painting, curtains etc. has been added by ordinary people and volunteers. The cabin sits within Talliston, itself a wider project to take Britain's most ordinary home - a three-bedroomed, semi-detached, ex-council house in Essex - and painstakingly transforming it into a wonderland of inspirational locations, each set in a different time and place. It's all about creating the extraordinary from the ordinary and already the house is attracting a community of craftspeople, writers, artists - and appeals to anyone who yearns an escape from the mundane modern world into a life made magical. Exactly what Shed of the Year is all about!
The images show the original old garage, clearing the site and building the interior...
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