Insulation boards and building materials all wrapped up in blue plastic, within the building yard of Gloucestershire College.
This the first post in a new series on my blog (drum roll)… I give you Project Shack!
What is ‘Project Shack’?
We are going to build a new shed / shack / lodge at the bottom of our garden, which will give us another space for a whole variety of things which will enhance our lives. This is where I can use my decks and do the mixing which would otherwise be too disturbing for other people in the house. It’s also a space for sleeping and will give us a third bedroom for guests. It’ll be a space where we can create art, sit and read, hold gatherings.
We’re going to do it using only second-hand, used, free, scrounged, reclaimed or recycled materials, with a major focus on natural materials. Some materials may not be free, but they must be previously-used or second-hand. There are two main reasons for this approach.
1) Less environmental impact and a more sustainable approach to building and living.
2) Lower overall cost, which means we can build this shack and still afford to eat!
I want to see how little money we can spend while still creating a warm, well-designed, functional and beautiful structure. I want this project to be an inspiring example for all the budding DIY and frustrated builders out there, who also have limited funds but big aspirations.
So, to underline our commitment to the project and as a first and very important piece to the jigsaw, we have just bought from Ebay two second-hand double glazed windows…
These bad boys cost only £40.00, maybe saving £400.
2 x UPVC double glazed Windows
Dimensions = h 1400mm, w 738mm, d 60 mm
‘Two fixed panel windows (none opening). They were left over from my conservatory and are still in the packaging. Just been in my shed getting in the way for around a year so selling them cheap to get rid of them.’
This is a great example of something second-hand but still virtually brand new. Something discarded by the previous owner which wouldn’t otherwise have been used, and in their original packaging. Triple bargain. These are large windows, each 1.4m tall, giving a total area of glazing of just over 2m squared.
I’ll post some of the designs for the shack which we’ve been working on and hopefully will be able to post regular progress reports.
We were just playing about yesterday while I was making Jamie’s ‘Germ Killer’ outfit and I thought jac was being rather quiet. This normally means he’s found the large knives, or is flushing the toilet etc but I turned round and he was concentrating hard on stacking small blocks on top of each other.
I just let him get on with it but past a certain point I took a few pics and he managed to get 22 in a stack! He was really pleased with himself and i’ve never seen him build like this before. Just in the last month he’s switched from mostly knocking things down to buildings things up.
His speech has also jumped forward and Claire was syaing that at the same age, Jamie had far less speech. Jac is now the age that Jamie was when Jac was born! Weird to think about that.