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    People can stay in it, watch the squirrels and birds, includes repurposed cocktail bar, shed converts into a pergola, able to watch TV and work form home.

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    Concerned that TV programmes showcasing extravagant and complex builds were putting people off from building their own sheds, I thought there was a need to get back to basics and demonstrate how anyone with big ideas but minimal skills and resources can make a humble structure into a place of design and wonder. I want to spread the message that anyone can build their own space, personal to them, which will become their own haven of tranquillity, escape and achievement in these trying times. I found that going through the process was as valuable to me as the finished result. I would therefore love it if I could use this competition to showcase my build to help inspire other people and the understanding that anyone can do it.

    I have no technical experience or training apart from putting up shelves and the usual household chores. I have a screwdriver, drill, power saw, tape measure and spirit level. Armed with only these and some passion I have, over the last two years, built my own space in the garden of my terrace house in the middle of Birmingham. It has enabled me to take time out to reflect, enjoy the garden and the surrounding nature. This has proved to be a sanctuary over the last few years while working in healthcare and living in a busy city. Not only as a beautiful space but also fostering a great sense of achievement and pride.

    Rather than being put off by the pressure that a build has to be perfect I worked to some simple rules-

    1.   Use recycled products when possible, but if not suitable, buy them. Don’t feel guilty, you’re doing your bit to help local suppliers and artisans thus still helping to make the world a better place.

    2.   Joints don’t have to be perfect so long as they are solid, you can always cover them up.

    3.   Not turned out as you expected? Change it, it’s only wood. Use the off cuts elsewhere in your design.

    4.   There are no faults, these are ‘character and individuality’ to be embraced.

    5.   It doesn’t have to be rushed, take your time, think about it. Give yourself permission to take a month off if you want.

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