My husband gifted me his assistance and labor for my recent birthday.
(BTW...best birthday gift ever!) And with promises of letting me design and direct the build, we began putting together a garden house that I have been contemplating for close to 15 years.
As it turns out, we ARE competent!
|May I point out to everyone the very first blog entry|
|Dumpster diving treasures are raw materials|
Salvaged windows and doors together with stock lumber and muscle are the raw materials for the garden house I have been creating in my mind.
|Graph paper helps lay out possible house designs|
When one of my nephews asked if he could come visit me last month as we were beginning the project, I said "Great! But you have to know your uncle and I are building a garden house and we will put you to work." Somewhat jokingly, I warned him there would be a whole lot of hammering, sawing, and yelling. Good natured as he is, he wanted to come anyway.
|6x6 posts are sunk and leveled|
|My nephew mixes concrete for posts|
|My nephew cuts floorboards|
|My nephew and husband nail joists|
|Miss Magnolia tests out the flooring and supervises|
When restoring our 1907 Hawthorne house, we removed 3rd floor closets that had been added around the 1940's. Don't you know I saved the paneled doors. What a good thing it was because
now those doors have become the "wainscotting" on my garden house.
|Calculating the desired pitch|
|Gable ends go up|
|Windows from our 1949 beach house get new life as hinged windows over screen for warm weather air flow|
|The 16 ft. ridge board allows for a foot overhang at each gable end|
|The garden house mid build as seen from the side lawn|
Oh what fun it is to get back into the swing of creating and building. I would SOOOOO rather do this than just about anything (especially monotonous housework like toilets or laundry).
Check in again to see the progress on the garden house.