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Home From Home

  • Sheddie:

    Genevieve Wood
  • Location:

    At the end of the garden! - Oxfordshire
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Features

A Home from Home, away from our renovation project. It's our living room, office and studio, but most importantly somewhere to have a drink at the end of the day!

Other info

At the beginning of lockdown, we happened to be in the middle of moving house and our new home was a run down bungalow which needed extensive renovations. We had no intention of living in this decrepit shell of a home, rather we were going to rent whilst we did the necessary work, but with Coronavirus becoming more and more prevalent, we soon realised we were going to have to live there whilst we saved up to do the work and waited for life to return back to the new normal. In the meantime we had to work from home and find some sort of escape from our living situation - from here our Home from Home was born!

We began the build of our shed in September 2020 and after much love and dedication we completed just before Christmas. We've tried to create a sanctuary at the end of the garden which much better reflects our taste and comfort! Once the lockdown rules have been relaxed, we can't wait to show our friends and family our little pocket of joy!

Built from Nordic Spruce, the shed measures approximately 3 metres x 5 metres in size. We managed to persuade my Dad and his friend to help us put together the shed structure. Bearing in mind that I'm a small woman, I geared myself up to do all the insulation/plasterboard, flooring and paintwork! At the beginning of October during storm Alex, we woke up to a soaking wet, half built shed which looked like a scene from the Kansan farm in the Wizard of Oz - what a nightmare!

We happened to use Cuprinol paint on the exterior as a base coat for its protective qualities and matt finish. Of course, the electrics were installed by a qualified electrician, but this did require a large ditch all the way to the house - lots of digger fun! We shopped around for some cheap (but effective) lighting, including 4 very bright LED strip lights for working into the evening and some lovely modern exterior wall lanterns.

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