Operation She Shed | #2 It’s all about the base

Now — apologies if you’re looking for an inspirational, design-led post, full of colour and style. You certainly won’t find it here!!! Inspiration, maybe, but certainly none of the others.

I wanted to document this she shed journey from start to finish and the build is not exactly what you’d call ‘pretty’.

Anyway, around this time last month, I wrote the first instalment of my quest to create the perfect garden office.

A rather un ‘office-y’ looking pile of flatpack garden shed had been delivered, back in January, and the next step was to create the perfect base to build it on.

We’d chosen the spot.

It was to be sited in the working end of one of the gardens, just in front of the chicken house, opposite the veggie plot.

So far, so good.

We’d decided to use concrete slabs — rather than a cement base — and the first step was to make a wooden frame to lay the slabs in*.

*The frame was sized so that whole slabs were used, rather than having to cut slabs in half. Much easier in the long-run to get your measurements right from the off!

Mr D picked up the timber from the builder’s merchants but we had a huge shipment of sharp sand — plus a couple of pallet loads of paving slabs — delivered on a lorry.

Such a good plan, given the fact they hoisted it all over the garden wall on a crane. I think if we’d tried to pick this up ourselves, it would have killed the suspension in our Landrover.

And Mr D’s  back.

she shed

Building materials

Building a base for the she shed

Building a base for the she shed

Typically the ground was really uneven on the plot, so one corner of the frame had to be raised.

My clever boy did this by digging two holes, underneath where the frame was going to sit, on the corner that needed to be raised.

Both holes were situated a couple of feet from the corner edge, directly under the frame. Then a length of timber was cemented into each hole; making sure they were absolutely vertical.

Once the concrete had set overnight, a hole was drilled through the post — and the timber frame — then the frame was secured to the post using coach bolts.

Building a base for the she shed

Exhibit A

Building a base for the she shed

Exhibit B

Building a base for the she shed

The final she shed will be 10ft x 16ft so needs a pretty big base!

Once the frame was built, sharp sand was poured into the frame and levelled off.

And, finally, the paving slabs were laid on top, making sure that they were level with a spirit level, and tapped down with a soft mallet.

Building a base for the she shed

My clever boy, hard at work!

Building a base for the she shed

Mr D, building a base for the she shed

Building a base for the she shed

Building a base for the she shed

Once the whole base had been laid* my clever boy began putting together the wooden floor of the shed, which sat directly on top of the flag-stones.

I must just point out that the next picture only shows 3/4 of the base completed but my impatient boy couldn’t wait to start laying the wooden base!!

Building a base for the she shed

Nearly there — impatience getting the better of him! ;)

So that’s it. Flatpack ready, base complete.

All that was left to do next was build it.

PS — I’m going to be sharing updates on my garden office build over the coming months. Please join me on my journey — I can’t wait to share what I’ve been doing, here on my blog! xx

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.

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28 Comments

  1. 27th July 2016 / 6:32 pm

    Yay! Looking forward to seeing the she shed rise out of the ground, so to speak.

    • 5th August 2016 / 11:04 am

      Thanks love — and yes — I absolurely do. He’s AMAZING!!! I struck gold when I found him :)

  2. 27th July 2016 / 8:19 pm

    Oh my! I can’t wait to see what this looks like at the end. I would absolutely love one of these in my garden. I first saw a lovely one a couple of months ago over at ‘The Ana Mum Diaries’ blog and she did a brilliant job of decorating it. Yours looks like it’s going to be quite big too. Can’t wait for more updates of it.

    • 5th August 2016 / 11:03 am

      It’s looking good Nicola!! :) Still got a way to go until it’s finished though :)

  3. 27th July 2016 / 9:09 pm

    Oh wow Caro such a HUGE job. Mr D has worked so hard (as have you). Cannot wait to see more!!!!! Jess xx

    #HomeEtc

    • 5th August 2016 / 11:02 am

      I think it was a huger job than we anticipated to be honest!!! Next time, we’ll just get a man in!! LOL!!

  4. 27th July 2016 / 9:40 pm

    Ah this is so cool, you must be really excited! Bet you can’t wait for it to be finished though! xx #HomeEtc

    • 5th August 2016 / 11:01 am

      Am SO excited about it :) It’s really coming along now xx

  5. 27th July 2016 / 11:10 pm

    This is just so exciting!! x

    • 5th August 2016 / 11:01 am

      SOOOOO exciting!!!!!Have been wanting a she-shed for YEARS!!! :)

  6. 27th July 2016 / 11:34 pm

    I love posts like this – it’s good to know all the stages that go in to such a project rather than just seeing all the prettiness of the finished job – more realistic for those planning the same. Mr D is very clever! Having said all the above, I still can’t wait to see the finished she-shed – don’t keep us waiting too long 😉😀 x

    • 5th August 2016 / 11:00 am

      I’ve got SO many posts to go before I can show you what it looks like — I’m dying to show you now but I promised I’d do the posts chronologically!!! And yes — my boy is super-clever. So bloody proud of him :)

  7. 28th July 2016 / 8:25 am

    Oh I am so jealous that you are getting a she-shed! I want a she-shed. I can’t wait to follow your progress. :-) #HomeEtc

    • 5th August 2016 / 10:59 am

      It’s literally the best thing EVER!!! I can’t wait to share it!! :)

  8. From Day Dot
    28th July 2016 / 12:17 pm

    How exciting that you’re building your own office! Looks far too complicated for me, I’ll stick to the pretty fluffy stuff and watch how you do the real stuff haha! Can’t wait to see it finished #HomeEtc x

    • 5th August 2016 / 10:59 am

      Haha!!! I’ve been (mostly) sticking to the fluffy stuff too!! I did the painting but left the hard work to my husband!! ;)

  9. 29th July 2016 / 8:21 pm

    I am so excited to see the She Shed unveiled in all its glory, from all of your previous posts I know it is going to be amazing. xx

  10. 30th July 2016 / 1:35 pm

    I think you did the right thing in how it got delivered to you for sure. My dad once slipped a disc picking up a flower bed! #HomeEtc

  11. Gemma
    1st August 2016 / 7:22 am

    Ohhh it looks like it’s going to be a great size, I can’t wait to see it’s progress! Such an exciting project!

    Gemma x
    The British Feather – A UK Home Decor & Lifestyle Blog

    • 5th August 2016 / 10:57 am

      It’s HUGE! 16ft x 10ft (although I’m STILL managing to completely fill the space!!) ;)

  12. 2nd August 2016 / 11:38 am

    Oh, how exciting, can’t wait to see the progress you are making. It will be great to have a space for you, I’m very jealous
    #HomeEtc

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