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The Summerhouse

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    At one point nick-named "The Georgian Plant Palace" by a kindly neighbour, we've now renamed this shed, the somewhat more prosaic, but infinitely less preposterous "The Summerhouse".

    I built this shed single-handedly over the summer of 2023 to create a space from which my wife could expand her plant and floristry business. Suffering from delusions of grandeur, we had the idea of trying to create something that resembled the sort of traditional Orangery that you might find at a stately home, but in shed-form.

    After hunting high and low at various reclamation yards, we eventually found some sash windows that we thought would give the shed a Georgian feel and then modified the basic shed design and dimensions to incorporate them. (At one point we found some arched windows but I decided they would be too difficult to build around given my rudimentary building skills)

    Other Georgian Orangery style "features" include the tiled flooring, the honeycombe shelf brackets and the chandeliers (which I picked up from the local auction house).

    Other than getting an electrician in, I managed to do all the work myself, which I found both challenging and rewarding in equal measure. I spent a lot of time watching YouTube videos to pick up the techniques required.

    My wife loves her new work space.

    And I got to expand my collection of tools and practice my shed-building skills for the art studio shed that I'm planning to build (for myself) in another part of the garden.

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    We wanted it to be future proof (in case we want to use it for something different in the future) so it's fully insulated, connected to the WiFi and has underfloor heating.

    We do plan to paint the outside of the shed in due course but ran out steam.

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