It was back in the Spring of 2013 that we moved my husband’s tool shed to the side yard. This plan allowed us to remove half of the backyard shed leaving more play space on the deck and add a second entrance/bridge into the garden area.
The remaining portion of the shed was then to be used to store the gardening supplies and seasonal outdoor toys etc. The problem with that plan was that I really didn’t have much seasonal stuff to store in the shed and so mostly it was a big, almost empty, box. If I did unlock the door to get something the children would all gather in the doorway (blocking what little light I had) and stare into the spooky darkness. It made me wonder if maybe it could become a more usable space.
So, this summer when we put the new box window in the dining room we also planned to put the old dining room window in the shed. The shed renovation was one of the projects that didn’t get completed during my vacation but we did manage to work on it on weekends. There is still a small locked storage area on one side but the majority of the shed is now definitely not dark and stuffy anymore. The West wall has a clear plastic panel for light and a screen door.
The South wall facing the garden is where we put the old dining room window to let even more light inside. These windows can also be opened to allow airflow if it is stuffy and hot inside the ‘shed’. There are also blinds that I can close if it is too bright and sunny.
Inside there is a picnic table which the children and I have used for meals several times this summer – fewer ‘bad’ bugs than outside but the spiders really love this space. We are also able to store art supplies here – handy for outdoor use but sheltered from the rain etc.
The view from inside is a big improvement over the old spooky dark empty shed.
I still haven’t decided how I’m going to finish the interior – paint? add more shelves? a magnet board/art display? I’m in no rush to decide – I think it will depend on how we use this space now that it is so much more than just a storage shed.
The weather was so nice all summer that we haven’t wanted to spend much time inside it but I think it will be a really nice place on rainy or cold days. It isn’t heated or insulated but it will still provide shelter in inclement weather especially with the Southwest exposure. It may turn out to be an interesting indoor/outdoor space during our long, cold winter. I also think it may work well as a ‘greenhouse’ for our seedlings next Spring. The possibilities…..