The humble shed. Once an overflow of the loft. A place to store those 'I'll do that later' jobs. The place where tins upon tins of paint go to slowly dry up because you will use it gor another job at some point. But all that is about to change.
Back at the start of May I headed to Grand Designs Live for inspiration. These shows usually get the imagination flowing, and it's here I stumbled upon The Grand Shed Project that was sponsered by AXA Insurance.
What I found was 5 separate sheds, all of which had been designed invidually into ourdoor spaces! I loved this as I've always thought that having an outdoor room really makes the most of your home and garden.
One of the sheds had been transformed into a Reading Snug, of which I believe won the public vote, with a sofa and boom shelves sourrounding the shed. A Miami Beach styled shed included a bar, the boutique bedroom had a full bed in a shed! and the sowing shack created an amazing working space freeing up room in the house. I come away full of dreams and ideas ready to get stuck into my very own grand shed project.
Returning back to Colchester I sat in the garden looking out at the areas of which I could build my creation. The potting shed was already full with plants that were happily growing away, but sat right next to it was the SJG taxi. Followers of SJG will know that the SJG taxi was a Mk 1 version of a project from a while back. It's along story, but it's now sitting in the back of my garden and has mainly been used for toy storage.
It was then it clicked! We often have people over to stay, and what if I took the ideas and inspiration from what I found at Grand Designs Live, Grand Shed Project, and put it into the taxi.
The taxi had already been gutted, and with a budget of around £500 I was ready to go. Even though I had £500 I didn't want to spend it all if I didn't have too. Plus I was on a mission to prove that it wouldn't take a lot of money to do. plus I only had 3 days to do it, I'd need some help and luckily I had Dad on hand.
To start I wanted to turn the taxi into a cosy area, so when your in there it didn't feel like you were sleeping in the back of a car. The first day, the heavens opened and cladding out the taxi was a struggle, luckily Dad helped deal with this with ease and by the end of it all I was £120 down but all the woodwork was done. The bedbase was ready and the cladding up and ready for decor.
The idea was to take a peice of each shed and install it into the taxi space. As I went on the hunt for paints, pillows and canvas it become clear that one shed was in my head, and was a strong design factor on this project.
With the bold strong dark exterior of the taxi, I wanted the interior to be bright and airy (is airy a word?) and so the Boutique bedroom ideas came forward the most. Another £120 later and the duvet was ready to go on the bed.
After 2 more days of painting and adding 'nic nacs' here and there the tax was ready for its new life as a bedroom and with a little bit more spent on lighting I'd came under budget by £200 and my first night in the taxi, minus the very small leak, was an absolute success!
Now it may seem I've missed a few bits out of this blog here.. maybe you feel you need more? A video perhaps? A series? And luckily for you there's a whole lot over on the YouTube channel, so check out the full story there!