My piano had sat in my parents’ house for years. After my parents died (my Dad more recently in lockdown), I wanted to re-locate my piano to my home, though didn’t have the space inside, so the idea of a garden building to house it, was born.
I wanted a space to play the piano, but also a sacred space where I could relax, recover from grief, meditate, practice a bit of yoga in the morning sun and enjoy being in nature, underneath my Ash tree with the south facing view of the farm fields at the rear.
The arched window had come from my parents’ house.
My mum had always loved gothic arches, and so, this, together with second hand stained glass windows sourced, the shed took on a kind of ‘church/spiritual vibe’.
The staircase railings were individually made from a handrail which was from my parents’ house, my Dad having made the mahogany handrail years earlier.
It’s hard to express how much my shed means to me. I know that my parents will be looking down, thrilled and that the space is filled with the healing sound of music.
My dogs and family enjoy the space too, testament to the calming, serene and peaceful energy which emanates from spending time in there.
I’m overjoyed with it, and would be beyond ecstatic if I won this competition.
Ply and clad. Rubber roof.
Second hand double glazed windows.
Underfloor heating ( except directly under piano, to protect the strings)
Stairs in locally sourced larch.
Vynyl plank laminate flooring.
Plasterboard walls with wood batons to create ‘wood panel effect.
Exterior recycled plastic scaffolding board ‘seconds’ as decking.
Front porch and rear canopy.