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

Building a she shed

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.

Caro Davies
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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  1. 19th August 2016 / 6:34 pm

    Amazing idea and will really help with the work/home divide. Love the edit x

    • 19th September 2016 / 2:35 pm

      Thanks so much lovely — it’s made the world of difference!

  2. 19th August 2016 / 10:03 pm

    Arghhh can’t wait to see it all finished, it must be incredible to have a dedicated work space and the fact that you have done it from scratch is amazing x

    • 19th September 2016 / 2:34 pm

      It sounds over the top but it really, really has transformed our lives!! We’ve got our home back again — and I have a little haven of creativity for all my work and mess!!!

  3. 20th August 2016 / 9:13 pm

    So exciting! I love the film. It took me ages to realise I had a time lapse function on my phone. My 5y/o middle son figured it out!
    Your she shed is going to be fab. The updates are brilliant.

    • 19th September 2016 / 2:33 pm

      Thanks lovely — am SO excited about my shed!! SO behind on the updates though — it’ll be Christmas by the time I get through all the posts I need to write!! ;)

  4. 20th August 2016 / 11:40 pm

    This is just so exciting! I want a she-shed too! x

    • 19th September 2016 / 2:31 pm

      It sounds ridiculous but it’s totally transformed my life!!!! :)

  5. 21st August 2016 / 2:55 pm

    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

    • 19th September 2016 / 1:42 pm

      Thanks Lins. In some respects it’s GOOD that he’s reluctant!!! It means that you *might* get a man in occasionally!!!! I would LOVE that!!!!! ;)

    • 19th September 2016 / 1:40 pm

      Haha!!! The boys DID do good!!! Especially as they were hindered throughout by the cats!! ;)

  6. 22nd August 2016 / 2:01 pm

    Wow what a nice large space, I can not wait to see it finished. That snow though, what a pain xx

    • 19th September 2016 / 1:40 pm

      I know!! Best laid plans eh? We were so pleased to find a weekend when everyone was free to help — and then it snowed!!! *face-palm*

  7. 24th August 2016 / 7:52 am

    Looking forward to seeing the progress of this Caro! I hope those two fellas earned a large glass of something after working so hard on such a freezing day!!

    • 31st August 2016 / 11:52 am

      It’s really come on since then Keira — and yep — the boys deserved a BIG drink after that!!! It was such a cold day!!

  8. From Day Dot
    24th August 2016 / 9:25 am

    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

    • 31st August 2016 / 11:52 am

      Hahaha!! I can’t actually believe I’m posting this in the middle of summer but hey!! Nice to see the snow now :)

  9. Molly
    24th August 2016 / 11:01 am

    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.

    • 31st August 2016 / 11:49 am

      It’s really come on since then — can’t wait to show what we’ve been up to!! :)

  10. flying solo
    24th August 2016 / 11:22 am

    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

    • 31st August 2016 / 11:48 am

      Hahahaha!!! I LOVE the fact that it’s a gin shed!! I mentioned this to my husband and he said that it sounded like me!!! ;)

  11. 24th August 2016 / 2:05 pm

    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!

    • 31st August 2016 / 11:47 am

      Having your own space is amazing isn’t it? I’ve been really struggling without one!! SO happy now :)

  12. 24th August 2016 / 10:13 pm

    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

    • 31st August 2016 / 11:46 am

      DO IT!!!! You’ll be SO happy you did!!! All the pain and bother is definitely worth it :)

  13. 24th August 2016 / 10:36 pm

    Its so exciting, can’t wait to see how far it has come. x

  14. 26th August 2016 / 10:37 pm

    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

    • 31st August 2016 / 11:35 am

      It’s come on an awful lot since then — am so looking forward to sharing the next stage! :)

  15. 27th August 2016 / 11:38 am

    It’s coming along SO well :) Looking good and can’t wait to see more!! Jess xx


  16. 4th September 2016 / 9:17 pm

    Love your little monsters in this post – super cute. And the she-shed’s not bad either ;) Thanks for hosting #homeetc xx

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