Sunday, November 1, 2015

I am Grout, the potting shed update


Almost ready for winter. I'm grouting the diamond-shaped slate tiles along the foundation this weekend. Then I just have to frame in a couple small windows.

Then, it's "winterized." Or, at least, the exterior is 90% finished. As long as these nice weekends hold, I may be able to get some work done inside – principally a potting bench and pegboard walls. Over the winter will be decorative elements – window boxes, lattice, an arbor, and a shelf under the window you see above, all built in the basement – the house basement. No, the potting shed doesn't have a basement.

This side faces the street. I still have to frame in the sidelight windows on the sides of the bay window.
You can sort of see from here how it resembles the architecture, color, and style of the house.
All windows were originally in the attic of the house, we saved them as we had them replaced over the years with more efficient versions. These windows date to 1898. Even the door originally came from the house. It sat in the garage for 15 years waiting for a purpose.
This is the view from our kitchen window.
View from our patio. Picture a window box under the round-topped window and a shelve below the lower window. The door may get a fancier piece of trim on the top of the frame, and I already have a horseshoe to hang over the door.
Slate tiles were added a couple weeks ago. I've been itching to grout them for a while.
Inside I put in a skylight on the backside of the roof.

The potting bench will go along this wall with the bay window.

It's really big inside. I may end up putting in a loft for storage.
Between the back and fence it has pavers to keep the pachysandra at bay and gives me a path around the shed. At the end is a Miss Kim Lilac tree/bush.
Backside from the outside. I'll use this backside for hanging a few tools that can be out in the weather. I may also put some narrow shelves back here for pots and such.

Picture it with window boxes under the two side windows, the Harry Potter Garden planted in those diamonds in front, lattice and vines alongside both sides of the bay window, and a custom lightning rod.

8 comments:

  1. The skylight was the last straw that pushed this into 'best potting shed I have ever seen' place. It is just AMAZING.

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    1. Thanks Leslie. You're easily amazed if skylights put you over the edge. But glad you like!

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  2. It's a beauty! Love the antique windows and door and as Leslie said, "best potting shed I have ever seen."

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    1. Thanks Gail. You're always so positive and encouraging. I could learn from you.

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  3. This is a work of art in progress. Fabulous.

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    1. In progress is right. It may never be done. I have ideas for the inside that now keep me awake at night. Thanks for the kind words.

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  4. It's looking great -- better than I envisioned when you first described and sketched it. (a compliment, and not a comment on your drawing ability.)
    Ray

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  5. Thanks! Sketches are conceptual - rarely has a finished project ever looked like the sketch! Aren'tt you an architect? No one should know that better than you!

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