The Beach Cottage Summer House Project
Wed 21st, Mar, 2012
So, Beach Cottage ladies, I do have more budget busters to show you but to be honest I couldn’t take another photo of a nice home accessory, it was doing my head in.
Let us then friends get back to reality. With this.
In life, well at least, since I have moved here, I try to make the best of things, I look at the old fig tree in my back garden as a huge bonus, I like to think that the old made-over deck is a good thing and I romantically look at the old and ‘vintage’ sash windows as quaint and lovely.
Someone on here once said that I have romantic notions, and they did not make that assumption in a nice way. It was interesting to me, because, actually, yes, I do like to have a few romantic notions around me…you know why? Because the realities of life, are, in my experience not always very romantic, and if one can make things like old vintage windows and fig trees have a little bit of a rose-tinted glass on them and by doing that it means you can face the day armed with positive vibes, well then yes indeed romantic notions can be good and I am so all for that.
Romantic Notions, come on in. Take a pew, we need you here today.
It is EXACTLY what I did out here with this old shed also known as and lovingly referred to as the Beach Cottage Summer House.
Here she is below in the before state ready for all these things to happen…
Now you may be reading this and thinking what the heck is she talking about, a Summer House and showing me a shed? Well yes, but if you are from the Old Country you will know precisely what I am going on about…you see in England, lovely place with lovely gardens, many people have one of these in their garden…it’s like a glorified shed, with open doors, where one might sit in the Summer when the sun is out but there may be a bit of wind or when the temperature starts to warm up but it’s still a bit nippy….one would arm oneself with a jug of Pimms and head, newspaper tucked neatly under arm to the garden, and sit in one of these sheds and sit peacefully for the afternoon listening to the birds and random lawnmowers humming…
If you live in Australia, well at least the part that I live in, the chances of you needing the qualities of a Summer House in terms of warmth are probably limited to about 4 months of the year, those Winter months when it is chillier, actually no, in all honesty, if the sun is out here, all year round you don’t need a Summer House.
But I wanted one and I am sticking to it.
I explained the intricacies of Summer Houses to our lovely tradie, and he kinda went all glassy eyed, but being quite sweet, still gave me the benefit of his ears even though he clearly thought thios whole job a little odd (I think by that stage we had been through the bath withdrawal symptoms and the bathing in the garden so he was used to weird English stuff anyway).
This out-building though is much more than a shed, and when we moved in we literally didn’t think anything about it…because it is one of 4 sheds in this cottage garden…the guy who lived here before us was a carpenter and apparently had a bit of a tool habit…but he built this out-building as a teenage retreat type thing…a bit small for that but I am told a teenager slept out here…note to self, put bed in Summer House, leave teenager inside and move out here for the night.
Yeah, so it’s a proper building as opposed to just a wooden or metal shell and it was crying out from some renovation…although what kinda carpenter builds an out-building without lining it is beyond me….you can see here how we had painted it all white right over the top as a makeshift until we were ready to get it done properly…it had a couple of holes and the roof leaked so that needed repairing too..
This project, to be honest, has always been very much on the back burner, we have had much more interesting things to spend our reno budget on…however, when Mr Beach Cottage decided to leave the corporate world rat race that he knew for 15 years, earn no income for 9 months and do it right in the middle of the GFC, this little beauty and after a month of nearly killing him in the house, was ripe for the picking and he used it as his home office…of sorts.
(wood & insulation arriving)
So that was a couple of years ago when we opened it up, cleared out some of the stuff in there, gave it a clean and literally whitewashed the whole thing, it wasn’t pretty but it was a separate little building just perfect for a home office…we moved in a desk, a whiteboard and Mr Beach Cottage had a new commute to work…after years of spending hours stuck on English motorwarys, of taking the ferry to work here, his commute consisted of 15 or so steps from the deck out past the washing line to the garden shed…whereupon he stayed in there locked up for hours on end, only to re-appear for lunch with me or sometimes not until after dark.
So the project begins and it has been power tool heaven here…
..a mess though…here’s the new opening for the double French doors…
So that’s our latest project…we keep changing our mind as to what we are going to use it for out here…we are thinking it will be a kinda studio type office space for me combined with an easy chair for reading in peace etc (It’s actually bigger than these photos show).
What do you think, any ideas on what to use it for? I have read in the paper recently that a separate office/studio in a home is not very highly sought after in real estate, precisely because of this little thing called the internet, many people are now working from home, and many more part-time from home so a home office is a very nice perk to a home.
Cheers then Beach Cottage ladies, see you soon.