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Monday, March 23, 2009

Garden Shed Completed


I had this slightly used and very messy storage room off the shop and accessible from many areas of the garden. I tended to toss big junk in here every year and always wished I had a garden shed in which to store my stuff. Sometimes it takes a lightning strike to make good ideas occur to me. I had a lot of snow time on my hands this winter to plot and plan this spring's projects and this one made the list. I really wanted to house all of my garden paraphernalia in one spot and not have to look in the barn, the garage or the man shop to find what I was looking for. Inside the house I am extremely organized, in the yard and garden I am organized. But in the garden tool category I failed. So here is the project; before and after.
This work bench is taller than a normal one. I should have measured the one in my husband's man shop but I thought I knew best. I chose 40 inches because I hate to bend over and since I am 6'4" (not really, I am 5'5") I thought this sounded good. Way too tall. Oh, well. We seriously over built the bench and in the process I hurt my finger, which still hurts 4 days later. I finally drilled a hole in the nail and let some of the pressure out and boy does it feel better. I can touch it now.

We added peg board all the way around the work area so that I could organize in my legendary (laughed about) manner. This room has been paneled for many years with some old salvage paneling. It's original purpose was a fort for my daughter who is now too old to have one. But it is insulated and we plan to add a ceiling soon. For now it functions perfectly. I added a shelf close to the ground and that way I can add grow lights from the underside of the counter, hung on chains so they can travel up and down above new seedlings. This room has power so I plan to start my seeds in here next year. The big window you see above the workbench opens into the shop, which has a wood burning stove, so the seedlings won't freeze in the early spring. See how well this little project came together?

We also recessed a shallow tub into the counter top so that when I am potting up plants or filling seed trays I will have a nice place to hold my dirt. I even bought a garbage can to house all that pretty potting soil. Then when I want to store my dirt back in the big garbage can, I just lift this tub out an dump it all back in. This is something I always wanted.

And lastly, you must have the inspector come and deem all of the work proper and usable. Ollie did this for us free of charge. He quickly found he could scratch his head here perfectly, I think he was thinking this when I took the picture. Isn't he cute? Last week he was about to become a head mount for the new garden shed, this week he isn't head butting as much, he will live to eat another day:-D

20 comments:

  1. WOW this is so cool! I have shed envy!

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  2. Wow, looks great!

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  3. Heather, you can thank my husband for the lower shelf for seed-starting idea! He excitedly suggested it and I just looked at him like "wow, you're whipped" :)

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  4. I bet that inspector is breathing a sigh of relief! Your new area looks very nice. I too have a workbench WAY too tall for me. My solution was to build a platform with some 2x4s and a bit of plywood so I could stand on it and not feel so darned short. It works really well.

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  5. What a great place to house all of your garden stuff. Ollie cracks me up "inspecting" underneath the shelf! Hope your finger gets better soon.

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  6. Nice. I'm using my basement as my "lab". It stays relatively warm especially with the wood heater I use in the middle of winter. Just watch the moister content in your containers. Those heaters will dry them out in a few hours. I was watering almost everyday using 5 ounce cups for growing.

    I've been toying with the idea of building a greenhouse, a real one. But I think it's just too much work and I'd want to heat it all winter. It's just not in the budget, yet.

    Have fun in there. Get some speakers and some music. Enjoy the greenery. And there's no reason to wait til next year, is there? Didn't think so. LOL.

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  7. Wow, Heather you seriously don't mess around. I am very impressed with your new set up. How can you wait for a whole year to use it? I would be sowing seeds in there right now.
    Hope your finger feels better soon. :-)

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  8. Great job! Ollie looks so cute there, like he's claiming his spot.

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  9. Great shed!!! I need a new one so bad. Mine is falling apart. I would love to have a little goat with mine too!

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  10. That turned out great, and sounds like it was worth the hurt finger. Who did the drilling in your nail? That sounds painful and I'm a nurse :) I'm glad it passed inspection!
    Have fun!

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  11. I'm totally drooling over that shed. Nicely done. Love the goat testing it out. And the nail .... yyeeeouch!

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  12. Hey Heather, This posting came timely for me. I am trying to organise my gardening tools too. Your 'makeover' does give me some idea. I have a much smaller space and is an open space. Once I have settled on a suitable shelf, I will get them organised. Btw, that little black calf look so cute :-)

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  13. Don't you just love it when a plan comes together? Your shed looks like a real winner and I agree with Ollie. Wow, a place to work AND have electric? Only illumination mine gets is from a flashlight. LOL 2 years ago I finally organized the shed that came with the house and made shelves out of panels from discarded folding doors.

    You drilled your own nail??? Omigosh - you're like Rambo! Hope it's healing up. Take care!

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  14. This is amazing Heather....I really need you to come here and organize for me. You are fantastic at it!

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  15. Nice job! That pegboard will be really handy for your tools and I like the bench. Making it higher is a good idea, most benches seem too short. It also looks like a great place to store your goats! ;)

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  16. Very nice and neat space! I don't have a space of my own, for my gardening projects and ideas. Unfortunately. I put a table in front of my house and work there. But I wish I could have a shed like yours! Great job, congrats!

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  17. I need to do something like this as well. A nice weekend project some day when it's raining I suppose.

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