As most of you already know, this little rustic shed I often feature out back isn’t a real garden shed at all.
What I HAVEN’T really shown you much of (because it hasn’t earned it yet!) is the real garden shed which resides in what I call ‘the boneyard.’
I’ll warn you now… this is not a pretty post… however it IS a really good start to one! I can only hope…
So allow me to explain why I have never yet revamped this area…
When I first moved in, there was a deteriorating fence between my then neighbour and I. I loved the wood, but the fence was dreadful. It was in full rot mode and my neighbour at the time wasn’t really the type to band together to build a new exciting fence.
So I did the only thing I could do and planted a lovely row of cedar hedges along my side and called it a day.
Now that I DO have a neighbour that cares about replacing the fence, things are changing! The fence is being replaced, and with that a whole new project area for me!
This is the remaining strip of fencing exposed on my side. It runs along the far side of my yard and behind the ‘real garden shed’. Because the fence was so nasty, I didn’t take care of this side of the yard. It became a dumping ground for storage or things bound for the dump.
This summer it had completely FILLED with blackberry bushes, twisting and turning over all the storage junk. Imagine a pool ladder and other beat up wood and ladders and rusty junk being all sewn together with a thorny rope. It was CRAZY and rather deadly.
So when Hank started banging on the fence, I had to snap into action!
And started cleaning this mess up.
To release the junk from the thorny grasp, I had to ease my way in with clippers one deadly branch at a time, carefully propping the fresh clip inside the wheel barrow, then shovel it into the back of my truck. It was a difficult messy process on a very hot and humid day, so I just took my time.
P.S. Ever notice how much more you feel you are accomplishing by making vocal grunts and groans out loud for all to hear?
You’d think I was building a house from scratch the way I droned on… and gulped gallons of water.
You know those ‘good tired’ days you get after a hard day’s work? I could barely walk up my patio steps… but when I did, you can bet I plopped my sad sweaty self down on that bed for a quick recoup!
So the gutting of the greens was eventually completed, with the junk wood and other crap thrown back into the boneyard for my pruner guy to take to the dump once he gets here.
And then I magically woke up one day to the fence down, and the new posts up! YES!!!
So here’s the plan…
Hank will be installing black painted overlapping vertical planks on his side. It’s a gorgeous modern sleek look that suits their style and lovely landscaped garden to perfection.
For my side, I’ve decided I’d like the ‘old look’ back, and will be pressure washing and installing the original planks that just came down. But this time on a super sound framework!
I’m still uncertain what to do with the compost area to the left. The structure has long rotted and will come down. However I like the separation that little wall jutting out provides so I may replace it to create the zone transition from yard to shed.
If I leave the wall, I’d probably require another hedging tree or 2 to finish that section off.
If I remove it all, it will have an entirely different look of reclaimed wood right away. Imagine the garden art fun along the fence this could provide! Hmmmm…. I’m honestly leaning this way for something different.
It’s in bad need of repair, requiring a new roof, more efficient gutter, the shiplap needs repairs and some cemented brickwork along the bottom for waterproofing. A door would be nice too! Maybe a locking sliding barn door?
What do you vision?
EVERY task in this area are things I have never done before, so I’m excited to learn! It’s been awhile since I’ve truly challenged myself.
Nothing a You Tube channel or 5 can’t teach me, right?!
A BIG new challenge has begun, thanks to a broken down fence… that’s going right back up again!
What’s your vision for this space? I’d love to hear!