Operation She Shed | #3 The Build {Part One}

In January this year, my boy and I finally embarked on the project that I’ve been desperate to start since I began working for myself around a decade ago; Operation She Shed.

I’ve always wanted a dedicated work-space. Having a room in the house is OK but when you work from home — on a full time basis — you can begin to miss the separation between work and home.

Being able to close the door and walk away at the end of the day is something that I didn’t realise I’d miss so much initially. But once the boys were born — and my office became a nursery — it wasn’t long before working from a corner of the dining room began to lose it’s appeal and I began to yearn for a space of my own.

You can buy an 8ft square garden office from ‘just’ £9,999, according to one garden office company. That seems like quite a lot of money for quite a little space.

So to keep the costs down, we bought a garden building that came in flatpack form.

Then with a lot chutzpah — and some moderate DIY skills — my boy and I began the task of building a garden office ourselves, from the ground up.

Everything from creating the base for it to stand on, to boarding it out and insulating it.

We’re not building professionals; we’ve renovated our own homes over the years — and have fearlessly tackles all sorts of DIY projects — but, half the time, we’re learning on the job.

We’ve been hampered by the weather and a huge shortage of spare time, during the build, but — apart from the electrics — we’ve done it all ourselves.

I really wanted to see if it was possible to create a dream garden building, without having to sell your granny to do so. And also demonstrate that you don’t need to be a fully fledged builder either.

Building a she shed
The she shed — in it’s raw state
Building a she shed
Flatpack she shed!
Building a she shed
Richard and Ash laying the base

Building a she shed

Building a she shed

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Putting up the wall of the she shed
Building a she shed
Two down, two to go!
Building a she shed
The final wall being manoeuvred into place
Building a she shed
Bertie inspecting the work
Building a she shed
Cosmo looking impressed ;)
Building a she shed
Walls but no windows yet!!
Building a she shed
A little monster :)
Building a she shed
Snow joke. Hampered by the weather!!

I’ve made a little film too, to show the first part of the project.

It wasn’t until I’d been filming for half a day that I realised my phone had a time-lapse function — doh — so I’ve managed to doctor the first part of the film and create a time-lapse effect in post production.

I’m SO pleased with how it turned out that I think I’m going to create a tutorial, later down the line, to show how I did it.

It’s such a cool thing to be able to do. Just speeding the film up didn’t give the same effect — and looked really odd next to the actual time-lapse footage.

Now, when I look at the film, I actually can’t tell the difference! Anyway. I digress.

That’s for another day!

Have a look at how we got on with building the she shed.

About Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

34 thoughts on “Operation She Shed | #3 The Build {Part One}

  1. I’m so so impressed with your skills!! I do know it’s possible to learn so many things yourself but unfortunately for me Pete is reluctant and with the best will in the world there’s only so much I can do myself. Very well done you guys!! X

  2. Oh I love this, the video is fab and the final pic of the shed makes me want it to be Christmas! It was made for some good fairy lights! Can’t wait to see how the rest of the build goes, I bet it’s going to look great! #HomeEtc xx

  3. Yay. Love the photos of the twins inspecting the works, and the she-shed in the snow. So impressed at you doing it all yourselves.

  4. I am totally Jealous of your “she shed” my friend has one but she calls it her “Gin Shed” and I want one… a desk in one corner and a sofa in the other and a min fridge with Gin & fizz! #HomeEtc

  5. Oh what a marvellous project! I have my Claire lair at the top of the house (reveal soon) and I adore having my own space to work in!

  6. Ah it looks so brilliant! We need to get (and then build) a very tiny shed for garden tools etc and can not be bothered. We need to do the concrete base too, and again, that is a massive off put. You put us to shame! xx #HomeEtc

  7. Yay, I’ve been looking forward to seeing the next stage in the she shed build! You’ve certainly battled the elements! Aw, the twins look so cute in their onesies as well, need.more.soon. #hometc

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