We have spent the past 3 years working on a fairly big home project – our Extreme Garden Makeover, and whilst the majority of it is done now (the artificial grass finally went down the other month and it’s absolutely transformed the space!) we still have one bit left to do…the shed.
The idea is to turn the shed into a Summer House/Bar!
I say Summe House slash Bar because we don’t really drink but Dean has got it stuck in his head that he wants to create an olde worlde style pub down there as he thinks it’ll look great. My argument is that it would be more functional as a summer house or potential workspace but he’s got his heart set on a bar so a bar it is!
First Things First
The first thing we need to do to transform that space is to block up the wooden shed door and put in UPVC french doors on the front (as they’ll open out onto a little patio area) and a big UPVC window with openers on the end as that will open out on to a seating area, plus it’ll be good for ventilation. We’re not sure what colour windows and doors we’re going to go for yet as we’re also cladding the outside of the building so we could go for something that’s a bit contrasting to make it stand out, we’ve been looking at the colour options on the Three Counties Windows website and there are some beautiful swatches.
We need to decide exactly where we want the windows and french doors and then we can make the frame and stud work to go around them. Studwork isn’t our favourite job in the world but we learnt to do it whilst building the gym and doing it yourself saves a ton of money! I think it would be nice to go for vaulted ceilings in there as the current ceiling height is quite low so instead of raising all the ceiling joists we could just insulate and plasterboard them at an angle to give us more room.
The flooring will have to be levelled as it’s only poured concrete at the moment, it’s fairly flat but it’s bumpy where it has been tamped down so we’d probably put down some self-levelling compound and then lay a hard-wearing laminate on top…or just put sawdust and hay down since Dean is going for that olde worlde vibe!
In terms of wall decor, I’m hoping I can convince him to go for something fairly neutral so that when the space inevitably does get turned into something other than a bar (how nice would it be to have a summer house when we’ve got kids!) it won’t be too difficult to do a Changing Rooms style makeover on it
It’s going to cost a bit to do this transformation, luckily I’ve got my side hustle income to contribute to it, but we’re planning to do it in stages much as we did with the gym. We’re very lucky that we have lots fo family members who are builders to help us complete projects like these as that really helps to cut down on the costs too!