Hi, it’s Sharon here with the first of many posts sharing with you the progress on building my new craft studio.
For a long time it’s been my dream to have a craft space of my own, where I can put up shelves, have things exactly how I want, and not have to fit my supplies into a room that needs to also be used as a spare bedroom.
We live in a small terraced house, so aside from converting the loft, there’s no space really within the house that I can claim, but we do have a lovely long garden, so I decided the best solution would be to put a studio in the garden.
This is the garden a month ago:
We use the shed in the foreground to store a lot of my boyfriend’s business files, plus some garden stuff. The shed at the back is pretty rickety, and just houses the lawnmower and a few tools, so we decided that with a bit of re-organisation, we could do without the old shed, and I could take over that whole area to put a craft studio.
As you can see, it was really uneven ground.
The first challenge was finding a builder that wanted to do the job of taking down the old shed and creating a flat patio area. I ‘phoned several, and only two came to give a quote – then neither of them actually called back with a price! In the end, we asked my boyfriend’s brother to do the work, and the plan was for him to do it while we were on holiday.
Three weeks later, and we’ve come back to this:
Total chaos. My boyfriend works from home, so we’d really hoped everything would be completed while we were away so he wouldn’t be disturbed, and I’m now seriously in the dog-house.
However, the patio area does look great, and is now all set for me to order the studio. Since the building work cost twice as much as I expected and I’m now also going to have to pay another company to come in and clear the mess, this is going to delay things a little as I’m going to need to save a little more money, but in the whole scheme of things, I figure it will be worth it in the end!
So fingers crossed, I’ll be back in a couple of months to share the photos of the studio being installed!