Operation She Shed | #4 The Build {Boarding & Insulating}

Part 4 of ‘Operation She Shed’ — and this time round I’m talking about boarding and insulating.

Now, I warn you, this isn’t going to be the sexiest post in the world. The pictures are not the best quality and the content is more function than form.

That said, I never intended to just show a finished garden office, so it’s important to show the ‘before’ as well as the ‘after’.

Plus I really wanted to show all the work that has gone into creating my she-shed and demonstrate that you can create an amazing garden building from scratch — without having to to buy a very expensive off the peg version.

In my last post we’d just erected the structure.

It was a very basic once it was up it and looked, essentially, like a very large garden shed.

Which it was.

Boarding and Insulating the She Shed
Definitely looking more like a garden shed, than a garden office.
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My She Shed from the side — all 16ft of it!

But to take it to the next level — away from your common or garden shed to garden office — requires a little bit more than a lick of paint.

First task: insulating.

We used the same kind of insulation that is used in lofts; it almost looks like the inside of a teddy bear — a thick woolly material — and can be used to line the walls and ceiling.

It came in huge rolls and could be used in whole sheets — for larger areas — or torn off, to pack into the smaller recesses of the shed walls and ceiling.

Knauf Eco Roll Loft Insulation from B&Q

As the interior of the shed was already in sections, it made it a little easier to work, as we already had  a frame in place.

Mr D used mastic on all the joints, to ensure that the shed will keep nice and watertight.

Boarding and Insulating the She Shed
Great that a shed already has ready made joists — one less thing to do!

Then he packed each section between the joists with the rockwool, until the walls and ceiling had been totally covered. We got through 5 or 6 rolls for the whole building — including the ceiling.

Worth wearing a mask for this job too — the fibres fly about and get all over the place.

Boarding and Insulating the She Shed
Mr D packed the recesses with Rockwool
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Just like the inside of a teddy bear!!
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Wall of teddy bear innards — something a bit sinister about that!!

Second task: boarding.

Once all the areas between the joists had been packed out with the insulation, Richard began to screw plasterboard sheets over the top.

Boarding and Insulating the She Shed
Next, the plasterboard sheets were screwed in place, over the rockwool.
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Plasterboard screwed in place.

He did this until the entire shed was boarded and insulated.

It was a fairly labour and time intensive process; I would imagine that if you got a man in, it would be done over a couple of days — but as it was just him (with me ‘helping’) it took a couple of full weekends and a few evenings as well.

Boarding and Insulating The She Shed
Me doing very important ‘helping’
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Tiny helper number 1
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Tiny helper number 2.

So there we have it.

Not the most glamorous piece I’ve ever posted but I’m so keen to show the whole process. Personally I never think that a ‘before and after’ shot is quite as interesting as seeing something in full swing; warts and all.

I also created a little film to show how we got on.

Enormous thanks to the fab team at B&Q for working with me on our ‘She-Shed’ project — and being so incredibly patient! All of the supplies that we used to complete the shed build can be bought either online or in your local B&Q store.

This is a collaborative post but all thoughts, words and images — as ever — are entirely my own.

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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.

27 thoughts on “Operation She Shed | #4 The Build {Boarding & Insulating}

  1. Looks like you made such good progress and what a job!! BUT hey just SO worth it :) So good to be able to gave some creative space. Love it :) Jess xx


  2. Looks like you made such good progress and what a job!! BUT hey just SO worth it :) So good to be able to gave some creative space. Love it :) Jess xx


    1. Aah thanks Caroline!! It’s so nice to be able to sit down and write the posts and make the little films now!! Last year was wholly spent actually doing the work — it’s lovely to be able to look back and see how far we’ve come :) Really looking forward to showing the rest of the progress :)

  3. Caro, this is wonderful. I have been wondering where this little beauty was. I have to say seeing the insulation and boarding reminds me of here last year. But look at you guys – going it alone – hats off to the pair of you. You are a handy couple. Of course it’s lovely to see this part and the hard graft that goes in to getting the end result. I know this will be amazing. What a project! #HomeEtc

    1. Aah thanks so much Nicky — I always worry about putting this kind of post up — they’re not the prettiest, that’s for sure, but I think it gives a real flavour of what we’ve done. Thanks for your lovely comment! x

  4. Love a shed, well done for getting it up and running. What a great space to create in!

    Maybe put breathable membrane on the ceiling before boarding it, it should help with condensation.

    Great blog and video btw!

  5. Wow he did a fab job, I hate insulation so itchy.

    Plasterboard alone makes it feel like a room doesn’t it ?

    I am so excited to see more progress, as well as what that little area is for xx

    1. It’s one of the best things we’ve ever done. Honestly. Richard has moderate DIY skills — is not a professional — but has managed to create the most AMAZING garden office. So proud of him. Plus it’s made the world of difference to how we live. No more printer in the dining room!!!! Hurrah!!!!!

  6. I started grinning the moment I spotted the word ‘She Shed’ in #HOMEETC feed! Treat ’em mean, keep ’em keen is working because I NEEDED to see the next bit! I can’t wait to see it finished! Fully insulated is ESSENTIAL. Have you kept track of costs as I’d be really interested to know how much it would be to try something like this in our back garden. Richard is complaining that his ‘He Shed’ has become a ‘Guinea Pig Home’. #HOMEETC

    1. Aah thanks chickie — that’s lovely of you. I felt it was really important to show the whole process — and not show how it is now and work backwards!! And YES! We’ve kept track of all the costs — got a bag FULL of receipts and invoices!! Would highly recommend it :)

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