Saturday, 18 June 2016

My craft cabin has arrived!

After weeks of prep and finding the money from savings my log cabin is built! I have been promised this as a sewing and painting leisure area - the first time in my long life that I have had my own space!

It has been dreadfully stressful and this will be the last big thing we do here. After this it is maintenance and small improvements done bit by bit.   The stress started with making a choice, which was restricted by the wish to put it on the footprint of the old (asbestos) garage we had removed. we had not realised that so many designs needed 6 inches more!  My husband dealt with the negotiations of supply and finding some people to build it.  All was in place for early the 15th or at least by lunch time.

Then it was 2 pm, then 4 pm, then 5.20 and could we pay before 5 anyway?  Meanwhile the build team were phoning every hour to see if they should set off yet?  Finally, 5.30 the lorry arrives(with more rain).
Despite being smaller than most lorries we have had down the drive this bloke could not do it. Finally unloaded next door in a yard designed for 30 ft lorries neighbour used to drive, even then he ran over the verges.  All of which meant the build team had to unpack it and carry all the bits (the top black bundle on the lorry) across two gardens.

They started at 5.30, and worked till 10 pm like the clappers! They were 4 young men, Latvian or Romanian or something which we could not quite catch. Two of the team came back at 8 am and worked non stop till 8 pm the next day. They were extremely neat and tidy and the job was superbly done.

It is our task to treat the wood inside and out. We are using an oil based clear preservative on the outside, which is a pain as you can't see where you have got to, so you have to concentrate!  Inside has to be water based - so no smell. Then I can plan benches and things! The top triangle is for a clock - it will have to be solar powered as my husband hates heights and will not want to climb up there to change batteries.


It sits really well in the garden and I am planning some flower beds or tubs round it.

Silly I know, but it is really exciting! My space!

BUT not as exciting as being told today I am going to be a granny again early next year! 

15 comments:

  1. Congratulations - a new craft room to make lots of lovely items in,for a lovely new baby - Enjoy your new room xxx

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  2. How exciting they say new home new baby and you have both, the cabin is going to be a great space for you :-)

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    1. I have put a chair in there today and just having a sit!

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  3. You lucky girl, I'm excited for you. x

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  4. That is lovely. My husband built me a summer house in 2006. We couldn't find one commercially produced which was (a) the right size and (b) the right price, so he decided to built it himself. Yours looks large, mine is only 8ft by 6ft, but I only use it as a summerhouse, somewhere to relax. I actually do my writing work in our shared study. I love the style of your building - will you leave it natural wood as it is, or will you paint it?
    And a new baby, too! Wowzer!
    Margaret P

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    1. It will stay natural looking outside and inside in the pitched roof. Planning a light colour on the walls and some lino on the floor.

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  5. I'm so so jealous of your craft cabin. Congratulations on its installation and the announcement of another grandchild.

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  6. Congratulations on all that you've reported here.

    Hearing about the grandchild to be is fabulous.

    Having this lovely little building completed is wonderful. I am very interested to read your saying that the team that built the building were from another country.

    Wondering if you would want to say more about that prior to the upcoming in/out vote. Over here in the States, and particularly in NYC, I daily encounter folks from all over the world, and hope that such immigrations will continue to energize our city.

    There are lots of not very pleasant political trends blowing in the wind.

    I'll close by saying how happy I am to see that you now have a space to yourself.

    xo

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    1. Previous to living here in East Anglia, I lived in city with a substantially mixed population where 30 languages were recorded in the community. With a mixed race family ourselves too. We love the energy! Do have some concerns but mostly that Britain is struggling as a country to meet needs anyway. Also that our laws are watered down by another body. Just beginning to realise the importance of a space!

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  7. How beautiful!! I am sure you will be able to enjoy the space. Have fun.

    God bless.

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  8. That is one very nice craftroom. Just think how much fun you are going to have in there. Great timing too re the baby. You wil be able to make all sorts of tiny baby things in that room.

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  9. Love the shed, I can understand your excitement, I was the same with my garden shed.

    As for another grandchild, that's perfect news, enjoy your perfect weekend.

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    1. This will be number 5 grandchild and I am almost sure there are some "invasion" plans among the older ones!

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