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10 ways to improve your shed

Sheds are invaluable, but all too easily become neglected eyesores. Still, especially in a small garden, they need to earn their place and look good as well as be useful.

With a bit of planning and inspiration, a shed can offer a whole new space for living, playing and even growing. So don’t leave yours blotting the appearance of your garden or allotment – check out our 10 quick and easy ideas for making the most of this time-honoured garden essential.

How to improve your shed

There are many ways to improve a garden shed, including painting the outside panels, replacing or upgrading the roof, adding sturdy shelving and hooks, and even adding chairs where you can sit and enjoy your shed.

More garden shed advice:

Browse our list of 10 ways to improve your garden shed, below.


Paint your shed

Painting your shed will not only protect the wood, but can change the look and feel of your garden too. Bright colours will bring vibrancy to your garden and lift your spirits. More neutral shades such as olive green will make your shed less prominent and help it blend in with the planting. If you paint it a dark colour, such as black or deep blue, it will seem further away, helping to make a small garden feel bigger.

Buy wood stain or paint for your shed from Amazon


Fix a water butt to your shed

Long, hot summers and less rainfall mean we all need to recycle water wherever we can, so use the roof of your shed to collect this precious resource. Simply attach guttering just below the roof and add a drainpipe leading into a water butt to catch and store rain. Use it to water your garden and any plants, both indoors and out, that prefer rainwater over water from the tap.

Buy water butts from Waitrose Garden

Buy shed guttering from Amazon


Use your shed to attract wildlife

The sides of a shed offer potential to provide valuable shelter for smaller garden wildlife. Nest boxes for birds and ‘hotels’ for solitary bees and other pollinating insects – either shop bought or homemade – are easy to attach and can look attractive as well as being useful. Just make sure they’re out of the prevailing wind, rain and strong sunlight.

Buy nest boxes from CJ Wildlife

Buy bee hotels from CJ Wildlife


Add a green roof to your shed

A shed roof, no matter how small, is a great new planting opportunity, on what would otherwise be a barren space. Covering it with plants will soften the appearance of your shed, helping it blend with the greenery around it. A green roof will also insulate the shed and provide shelter for wildlife too. Make a shallow-edged wooden frame to place on the existing roof, line it with plastic and fill it with soil. Plant it with grasses, sedums and wildflowers, or let the local plant population colonise it naturally.

Buy green roof kits on Amazon


Use your shed as a focal point

Give your shed a makeover and turn it into the focal point of your garden. An old shed needn’t to be an eyesore and a new one can become a beautiful feature – a Swiss chalet or a beach hut evocative of holidays gone by. A simple coat of paint can lift a shabby shed instantly – try contrasting colours, adding stripes or bright zingy tones to draw the eye and make it really stand out. You can also read our summer house ideas.


Transform your shed for the kids

With a little imagination, a shed can become a castle, a dragon’s den or a pirate ship. Let your kids take the lead – simply give them some bunting and a few props, and let their fantasies take shape. It’s a great way to get them outside, away from the television and technology. And be sure to join them for some precious family time. Playing outside improves children’s coordination and concentration as well as their overall health and well-being.

Buy bunting from Amazon


Use your shed to grow plants

If you’ve run out of growing space on the ground, look to the sides of your shed as the next place to grow more plants. Your shed is the perfect place to create a green wall. You can hang up pots or growing bags, or attach guttering and shelves that can be filled with pots. All of these can be planted up with seasonal displays, fast-growing veg or more permanent perennials.

Buy planters and window boxes from Primrose


Use your shed as a spare room

It’s not always easy to find space in your home for a hobby or work area, but a shed could be the answer. Add windows or a skylight, along with shelves, furniture and rugs, and electricity for heating, lighting or to run your computer. You could even install a wood-burning stove and chimney for a cosy winter workspace – all with a view directly onto your garden.


Erect shelves in your shed

Sheds are classic dumping grounds, but it’s more than possible to declutter with style. Make use of the walls and ceiling by attaching hooks and nails to hang up tools, freeing up floor space. Add shelves to hold plant pots and fertiliser, and use baskets or crates to keep netting and fleece tidied away. Look out for old filing cabinets and vintage cupboards to keep all your odds and ends organised.

Buy shelving and storage from Wickes


Screen your shed with plants

If you want your shed to blend in to your garden, cover it with climbers. Self-clinging types, such as climbing hydrangea and ivy, will scramble up it unaided. Clematis, jasmine and honeysuckle will need help, so attach trellis or wires to the sides and guide your plants by tying them on with twine. Tie in new shoots as they appear. If you choose evergreens and fast growers, your shed will be hidden in no time.

Buy climbing plants from Waitrose Garden


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As any gardener knows, it takes a host of specialized tools and gear—spades, trowels, shears, gloves, and the like—to do the cultivating, weeding, transplanting, and pruning that plants require. A garden shed offers a dedicated place to keep it all, plus lawn-care equipment and supplies, away from the unrelated clutter in most garages.

But a shed can be much more than a mere storage locker. It can serve as a focal point on your property, adding a defining element to your garden. It offers a pleasant space for puttering and potting, starting seeds, propagating cuttings, and dividing plants to share with friends. And it can be a snug, peaceful escape from the demands of a schedule-crammed life, and a place to commune with the outdoors.

In order to function at its full potential, no matter its size, a garden shed needs a few key features: at least one window—operable, ideally—to let in light and views and fresh air; enough floor space and headroom to allow you to stand up and walk around; and a worktable of some kind, for tinkering with plants or doing garden-tool maintenance.

Beyond providing for those basics, let your imagination be your guide. As you’ll see in the following pages, these houses-in-miniature inspire outsize creative expression. “Sheds are truly intimate spaces,” says designer Ken Smith, owner of “That’s why we see people going to great lengths to personalize them, trick them out, and make them suit their individual needs.”

Read on for our guide to all things garden shed, from choosing the right size to picking the best place to put it.

8-byfoot prefab Zenith Garden Tower, from $7,; Homestead Structures

Questions to Ask Before Investing

Photo by Sandra Heath/Alamy

How Much Does It Cost?

Plastic resin sheds start at about $ for a 4-byfooter. You can get a basic 8-byfoot, all-wood kit for around $1, Prices escalate rapidly from there with bigger sizes and added features. Custom-designed-and-built sheds run the gamut from $50 to $ (and more) per square foot.

DIY or Hire a Pro?

Unless you have a prefab trucked in fully assembled, your shed will have to be built from a kit or from scratch. A seasoned DIYer could handle either, given enough time, though extra hands are a big help. A crew from a home center or manufacturer can erect a kit shed in a day or two. It’s your responsibility to prepare the shed’s base.

Where to Buy One?

Home centers and lumberyards sell kits in a range of styles, materials, and sizes. Or go online to explore a wider world of kit- and prefab-shed makers. Some ship anywhere; others deliver only within their region.

Are Permits Required?

Regulations vary; consult your town’s building and zoning departments before you buy. A small shed, around square feet, may not need a building permit, but could require one for zoning.

Building a Garden Shed

What’s best depends on your available time, budget, patience—and level of building skill.


Parts are cut and partially assembled in a factory for easy delivery on a flatbed truck. Shed kits come in many sizes, styles, and materials, including wood, composite lumber, and steel-framed plastic (shown).

PROS: Kits speed assembly compared with building from scratch. Their purchase prices and transportation costs tend to be lower than those for prefab sheds of similar size.

CONS: Assembling a kit does take time, tools, and basic DIY know-how. If you’re lacking any of those, you’ll want to hire a crew from the manufacturer or home center supplying the kit to build it on-site, adding to the cost.

Kit shed: Oakland , Keter


Sheds built in a factory benefit from a level of consistency and quality control that’s hard to achieve in the field. Just make sure there’s a clear path for a forklift to carry the shed from truck to base (as shown).

PROS: There’s next to no wait time. As soon as the shed is placed, you can start using it.

CONS: Fewer companies offer this option. Transportation costs can be substantial, depending on the size of the shed and how many miles it has to be trucked. A shed that’s more than 8½ feet wide will qualify as an oversize load. Anything wider than 12 feet may require escort vehicles.

Prefab shed: Classic Workshop Shed, Sheds Unlimited

DIY Plans

Building a shed from scratch (as shown) gives you control over the design, offering the chance to create a custom structure that stands out from the rest.

PROS: It feels good to say “I built that,” and doing the work yourself is a good way to save money and improve your skills. You can create a shed that echoes your house, and outfit the inside to your exact specs.

CONS: Without the requisite tools and acumen, it can be hard to get this DIY project off the ground—or finish it. The cost of a custom-designed, pro-built shed can easily soar past the price of a kit or prefab.

Size Matters

Garden Shed Size DiagramsIllustration by Doug Adams

Sheds come in so many sizes, it can be hard to know which one will meet your needs. Use the tip and sketches to figure out which footprint will work best. Also factor in wall and roof heights: Six-foot walls are typical, but taller ones are also available. Having more headroom helps a small space feel less confining and adds to its storage capacity. Don’t dismiss sizes that seem bigger than necessary. Interiors have a way of shrinking as stuff accumulates.

Foundation Layout

Laying Out Garden Shed Footprint Using Four Stakes And Mason LineIllustration by Doug Adams

To see what will fit inside, lay out a footprint using four stakes and string a mason line between them. Adjust the stakes as needed to accommodate your items. Don’t forget to account for the door, and leave at least 24 to 36 inches in front of a potting bench and beside equipment for you to move around comfortably.

Roof Types

A shed’s roof shape defines its style—and interior volume.


Photo by Pine Harbor

This simple, familiar style is formed by two equal roof planes sloping down on either side of a straight ridge. High-peaked roofs, like this one, offer more headroom and the possibility of extra overhead storage.

Shown: 8’ x 12' Quivett Cape kit, starting at $3,; Pine Harbor Wood Products


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A defining feature of colonial-era saltboxes in New England, the back side of this roof slopes down to within a few feet of the ground. This design offers more floor space than a gable roof of the same height, but not the headroom to go with it.

Shown: 9' x 12' custom shed, about $6,; Norm’s Homework Inc.

Shed Roof

Photo by Pine Harbor

A single plane sloped toward the front leaves a high back side that begs to be nestled against a taller wall, forming a lean-to. This simplest of shed designs is well suited to storing lots of garden gear within a compact footprint.

Shown: 6' x 12' Cuttyhunk kit (no windows), $2,; Walpole Outdoors


Photo by Tuff Shed

Hips on both sides of a gable roof form the classic barn-roof profile that adds lots of volume up top—often enough for a storage loft—without the need for a taller building.

Shown: 12' x 16' Pro Series Tall Barn kit, $6,; Tuff Shed


Photo by Buchanan Custom Builders

A roof with little or no pitch, set over four rectilinear walls, is the hallmark of a modern shed and a good way to maximize interior headroom. Here, the clerestory windows leave uninterrupted wall space inside for workbenches and storage.

Shown: 10' x 12' custom design, about $25,; Buchanan Custom Builders


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Four triangular planes, extending from the peak to each wall, form a pyramidal cap that’s stronger and more wind resistant than other roof types. Its low profile also means less room for overhead storage. A cupola, like this dovecote design, offers a stylish way to vent hot air.

Shown: 10' x 10' Williamsburg Classic kit, $13,; Gardensheds, Inc.

Site Plan

Before you plunk a shed down on your property, keep these practical concerns in mind.

Site Plan Diagram To Show Where To Place Garden Shed On PropertyIllustration by Doug Adams

1. SETBACKS: Most towns limit how close a shed can be to property lines, your house, wetlands, and so on. Its height may be restricted too. Check with your local zoning department.

2. COVERAGE: If the shed’s footprint pushes the total square footage of all structures on your lot above a certain percent of the lot size, you may have to seek a zoning variance.

3. UTILITIES: Call to ensure that no buried water, gas, or electrical lines lie in the shed’s vicinity. If you’re on a well, stay clear of its head and supply pipe.

4. SEPTIC: Make sure your shed won’t be in the way during system maintenance.

Seeing Double

Photo by Rob Cardillo

Consider placing your shed in view of passersby, who will appreciate such a thoughtful, small-scale addition to the neighborhood. The shed shown above, while not an exact copy of the house, echoes its gambrel roof and paint palette. It also incorporates materials, such as original windows, that were removed from the house when it was remodeled.

Base Support

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A shed needs to rest on a level, stable surface that won’t shift under its weight or in freezing weather. An on-grade wood deck or a patio can serve as the base, but most sheds are shored up by one of the following:

Crushed Stone

Well-tamped, crushed-stone pads 6 to 8 inches thick can support smaller sheds—those less than square feet—and protect against frost heaves. Space the pads evenly, about 2 feet on center, then top with solid-concrete blocks to elevate the shed’s base (shown). Or build a raised bed of treated beams resting on a thick layer of crushed stone, then fill the frame with more stone.


Larger sheds should be bolted to a reinforced-concrete slab or to concrete piers. Ground anchors aren’t needed, but in cold climates, slabs must be frost-protected, and piers must rest on wide footings dug below the frost line.


Arrowhead Ground Anchor For Garden ShedIllustration by Doug Adams

An arrowhead-style anchor, driven into firm soil with a rod and sledgehammer, can resist more than a ton of tension. Pull its cable taut to set the metal anchor, then bolt the cable’s eye to the shed’s framing.

A shed sitting on crushed stone can shift or topple in high winds or floods. To prevent that, sink a ground anchor, like those from American Earth Anchors, at each corner and bolt them to the shed’s base.

Garden Shed Doors

Sliding or Swinging

Photo by Wright’s Sheds

Whether single or double, sliding doors (shown left) cover a wide opening, while rolling to the side with ease. Hinge-hung swinging doors (shown right) are lighter, fit tighter, and don’t need as much wall space, but you’ll have to shovel when snow builds up in front of them. While most lawn equipment can fit through a 3-foot-wide doorway, allow 4 to 6 feet for a lawn tractor.

Sliding door: Custom Orchard Shed, Wright’s Shed Co.

Swinging doors: Telluride workshop, Summerwood Products

Entry Steps or Ramps

Photo by Wright’s Sheds

Like houses, sheds have elevated doorways, requiring either entry steps or ramps. A ramp (shown) is a must for wheeling heavy equipment in and out. A separate entry door with steps allows you to segregate bulky equipment at the ramp end.

Ramp: Cape Codder, Pine Harbor

Garden Shed Decorating Ideas: Plants

Rustic Simplicity

Photo by Saxon Holt

Increase a shed’s appeal by integrating it into the landscape.

Sited between a stand of bamboo and a magnolia, this shed’s weathered shingles help it blend into its deckside location. Potted plants soften the transition and nestle the building into its verdant backdrop.

Cottage Look

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Window boxes filled with pelargonium and petunias spill into shrub-based foundation plantings, connecting this clapboard structure—painted a garden-friendly blue-green—to the beds that surround it.


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With fencing anchored to it at either end, a crisp-white shed becomes part of the framework for this manicured garden. Lady’s mantle, boxwood, and hydrangea grow tidily up close, with more riotous blooms farther out. An apple-tree espalier covers one of the shed’s gable ends, which provides the backbone for the tree’s supports.

Semiformal: Landscape design by Craig Bergmann, Craig Bergmann Landscape Design, Lake Forest, IL

Garden Shed Storage Ideas

Repurposed Rack

Photo by Kylee Baumie/

A shed’s floor space is quickly claimed by large equipment and a workbench. So look up—walls, rafters, even ceilings offer opportunities for accessible, organized storage.

A discarded pallet hung on an interior—or exterior—wall can provide a convenient and inexpensive surface for hanging essential gardening tools and accessories.

Organize: Hooks, Metal Tubs, Bins & Baskets

Photo by Mark Lohman

Long-handled tools can hang from hooks or stand up in metal tubs, while short-handled ones cluster in wall-hung bins or baskets. Here, a wire rack corrals colorful seed packets, and the swing arms of a dish-towel rack hold bundles of drying herbs. High on the wall, shelves keep fragile pots safe; extra baskets swing from hooks screwed to the ridge beam.

S-Hooks and Pegboards

Photo by Sarah Hanson/IPC

A rod made for kitchen utensils holds gear on repositionable S-hooks. Outlines on pegboard identify what hand tools go where.

Installing Utilities


If you&#;re finding yourself on this update we hope that you already read THIS POST that provides a lot of background information about how we became owners of a year old craftsman farm house in the Yakima Valley of Washington State.

I really wish we could document and share this process as thoroughly as the tiny house because there is so much beauty and hilarity and lessons in the process of these tasks but we are using every bit of time and energy just to accomplish them while raising our daughter  so the documentation has been limited and sporadic. I have a feeling that this  post will lack the flowing articulation we try to write with and may be a bit ‘drier’ as I try to cover the many projects we have going on in an attempt to create a thorough account of the work we have done in this home for future reference.



The thing about owning a house like this is that you automatically become stewards of a piece of history and hopefully have the skills and patience to ensure it receives the love it deserves: which in our circumstances was required immediately.

One of the first things we intended to do was refinish the hardwood floors. When the professional came to give an estimate he quickly recognized something our untrained eyes had not when purchasing the house; these floors had already been refinished more times than they should have been and the wood was splintering where there was little-to-nothing between the surface and the female groove below, even exposing the nail heads at times.

&#;Leave it or replace it&#; he told us.

We scoffed at the idea of replacing the hardwood and sent him on his way with a &#;thanks but no-thanks&#; but over the following weeks we found ourselves not allowing Aubrin to walk barefoot because of those occasional splintering areas and protruding nail heads. This was not how we wanted to live our lives in our new house and realized that there was no better time to do a substantial project like hardwood floor replacement than before we were actually living there. I sheepishly called back the professional and explained that we had a change of heart and just like that this house showed us it was going to be anything but quick, cheap or easy.


___n To save money we took on the task of ripping up the existing floors and made a few interesting discoveries. The floors we were walking on were not the original hardwood and instead were a skimpy 3/8 thick t&g wood flooring likely installed 25 years ago when a bunch of other work had been done, including the second floor master suite addition. This explained why the floor was spent after only two or three sandings and also led to the next discovery. Because of how thin that finished flooring was and in an attempt to make it equal the height of the original red fir in the bedrooms they had installed 1/2&#; furring (spacer) boards between the sub-floor and the finish floor. This meant that we had to essentially rip out two floors in order to get to the original diagonal 1&#;x 8&#; ship lap sub-floor that would be our starting point.

Those would not be our only discoveries however and in classic &#;this old house&#; fashion we found many sub-floor boards that were broken and two weird low spots in the dining room that could not be accessed and addressed from underneath because of a finished ceiling in a small basement space directly below.

We went about cutting out and replacing the broken sub-floor boards and devised a rather time intensive, but kind of beautiful shimming strategy that brought the two low dished spots up to level with the rest of the floor. If you ever find yourself walking through our dining room and feel nothing out of the ordinary I want you to remember this concealed artwork that made the floor level.




It was about this time that we decided to continue the hardwood flooring into the kitchen for a seamless flow from one space to another. The necessary amount of hardwood was ordered and we went to work tearing out the kitchen, which WAS one of our main renovation goals for the house but we didn&#;t anticipate it happening immediately as a task intertwined with the installation of new hardwood that we also did not anticipate. Making matters more dusty was the slight alteration to the opening into the kitchen. To avoid a mid-wall seam between new drywall and existing lath and plaster we removed the entire walls plaster back to the corners where the joint would be much easier to hide. In doing so we discovered a second chimney buried in the wall that we are going to try to leave exposed by framing it in walnut and adding a few shelves in front of it.

At one point I thought I had developed a good solution to efficiently cutting a clean corner line that involved a high speed angle grinder jerry-rigged to a small shop-vac that was duct-taped to my waste. The outcome however was less than desirable and both me and the house were covered in dust. [I have since learned of the oscillating multi-tools that are a much better option for this and many other tasks thanks to a generous housewarming gift from our friend MACY MILLER.]

So here we were, trying to enjoy the feeling of being new homeowners while working our asses off to essentially tear the house apart. We were spending money and moving backwards&#;.the house was empty and dusty, with plaster dangling from its lathe substructure like skin peeling off a skeleton.


Lastly I spent a few hours screwing down every single sub-floor board to the joists below to eradicate the occurrence of squeaky floors with every step. This worked perfectly and was finally an unexpected perk that was only possible because we were replacing the floors.

It was finally time to give this house back the floors it deserved; 3/4&#; x 3 1/4&#; solid red oak and the excitement of this endeavor began to creep back into the project as the floor came together piece by piece and I was even able to make a new air return duct grate out of left over oak flooring.




The stain and top coat meant the floors were finalized and we admired its beautiful sheen for a very short time before it was time to cover them up for the foreseeable future. Because of how much work we still had to do and the fact that we had to build an entire kitchen on top of the finished floors we covered them with a thick cardboard material so that if (or when) a hammer or other tool is dropped it will not damage the brand new floors.


During the floor installation process we also turned our focus to some outdoor tasks. We wanted to be able to leave the house for a week without having to worry about the plants and grass so we installed an 8 valve automated irrigation system that utilizes both drip emitters for the plants and sprinklers for the grass. There was a large part of the backyard that was a combination of tree roots, dilapidated raised beds, and white landscaping stone. We had initially planned on tearing it up and replacing it the following spring but when a friend who was doing the same thing with his yard called and asked if we could use over sf of left over sod from his project we said sure!

The thing about fresh cut rolled sod is it needs to be installed and continuously watered within hours. This left us with the lower end of that range to tear up the existing surface (which happened to be way more gravel than expected) acquire and lay down topsoil and then install the sod, which we somehow accomplished in a back breaking 36 hour period.

We then worked the backyard fence line which contained six rather large stumps from cut down trees. The stump removal process is one I’d rather forget; what seemed like days of swinging a pick and sledge hammer and using a hand saw and shovel to slowly undermine the stump and sever its roots in order to finally pull the stump free and roll it away. One by one they were removed and replaced with new shrubs. Some edging pavers created a clean separation between grass and the fence landscaping and the backyard was starting to come back to life!


Living in a tiny house has definitely enabled us to see new ways to maximize space and productivity as we lay out our plans for the property, both inside and out of the house. We decided to create a garden area in the one corner of the property and in doing so tore off a small non permitted shed type extension of the house to make room for two large raised garden beds trimmed out with cedar shingles. The reason we chose to do this task so early (when they won&#;t be used until the spring) is because we wanted a useful place to put the dirt that we are removing from the courtyard in order to drop and level it&#;s grade before installing reclaimed brick hardscaping.


One thing that I always loved growing up was having a sandbox and we hoped to provide one for Aubrin, but instead of one of those tiny little plastic things, we wanted to create an immersive experience; a sort of garden sandbox oasis. We found the perfect spot near &#;the hobbit hole&#; we described so eloquently in the LAST POST and went to work on our new creation. Once the sandbox was dug and lined with landscaping fabric we built seating our of salvaged wood on three sides and then began stacking rocks found throughout the property on the forth side until it evolved into a full blown rock wall back-drop to the garden sandbox. Knowing that it would inevitably become climbed we are constructing it using hidden mortar joints to add structural integrity while keeping the aesthetic of a dry stacked wall. The two pipes sticking out of the top will eventually hold a horizontal wood slat screen of sorts to complete the back drop and provide a visual buffer between out yard and the neighbors roof. While the wall is an ongoing project Aubrin couldn’t wait to use the sand box so we filled it with lbs of sand, one 60lb bag at a time…. (it really doesn&#;t look like lbs)

The last project currently being worked on is probably the most difficult, time intensive and expensive; the kitchen. Now that the new floors were in we could begin building the kitchen on top. The three hour trip to the Portland IKEA for our cabinets was laced with nostalgia as I had done the exact same pilgrimage when building the tiny house, but this time I was super prepare with a detailed plan:

  1. Sneak out of tiny house before 6 am while Aubrin and Mom slept
  2. Put on podcast and watch the time melt away and enjoy a Columbia Gorge sunrise.
  3. Walk into IKEA at when the cafeteria opens, thirty minutes before the rest of the store opens.
  4. Crush the two dollar ‘Swedish-American’ breakfast (sans meat) and inhale more coffee.
  5. Walk directly to the kitchen staff and snag a computer upon store opening and be the first to have our cabinet order assembled in the warehouse.
  6. Pick up our order and watch frustrated couples try to tetris their overzealous purchases into their undersized vehicles.
  7. Head back to Washington state stoked on a tax free kitchen cabinet purchase!

It’s worth noting that I did order the two peninsula cabinets the wrong depth and had to repeat the above 7 steps a couple weeks later, shaving even more time off of my previous record.

It has taken a few weeks of free time to slowly put the kitchen together in large part due to the customization we’ve had to do some of the IKEA cabinets. The trade off for inexpensive, smooth functioning IKEA cabinets is their limited selection of standard sizes. This means the cabinets for our odd sized corner location and unique farmhouse sink had to be ‘hacked.’ In this instance we ordered the standard size larger than our needs and cut them down to fit our applications.

Other over ambitious moments have also added to the slow down like buying a 12&#; long by 2&#; thick walnut slab from our friend at ATLAS & CEDAR and processing it (cut, plain, sand, join, finish coat) into four &#;L&#; shaped shelves that slide over concealed support pegs in between the upper cabinet and wall.


We also decided to replace the old, single pane, double hung window that was painted shut with a new double pane fixed window and then add a range hood that was lacking in the original kitchen. It is kind of unique experience to have a window behind the stove and it looks right at the sand box and hobbit hole. It also means that we had to use an island style exhaust hood that hangs from the ceiling rather than being mounted to the wall which will turn out to be a pretty sexy moment in the kitchen that will be even more beautiful when our custom backslash tile continues up around the window and behind the range hood to the ceiling.


Shortly before this post we slide in our new appliances that we have slowly ordered over the past few months and finally have a glimpse at what our new kitchen will look like!

Of Note: The cardboard counter tops are temporary…:)


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  2. Materials Around Us

    Materials Around Us

    Our lives are shaped by materials. And there’s no better place to see that reflected than in our homes. Glass windows revolutionized the comfort and safety of our houses. Stainless steel modernized our kitchens and even made our food taste more delicious. Host Kevin O’Connor explores the materials that surround us with Mark Miodownik, Professor of Materials and Society, and author of “Stuff Matters.” What are the most influential materials in our homes and will we really be able to change a room’s color with the push of a button?
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  3. Urban Resilience

    Urban Resilience

    Sea levels are rising at an alarming rate worldwide. And yet, we keep moving to waterfront communities regardless of the threats. What does this mean for the buildings and residents of waterfront cities like New York City and Miami? How do we build our cities to be more resilient? Or is the best course of action to convince millions of people around the world to abandon their homes for higher ground? Host Kevin O'Connor speaks with Antony Wood, professor and executive director of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Jim Murley, the Chief Resilience Officer for Miami-Dade County, and Jainey Bavishi, head of New York City’s Resilience Office about what’s being done now to mitigate this growing risk.
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  4. “Plyscrapers”


    Skyscrapers tell the stories of cities around the world. These massive columns of steel and glass continue to be feats of advanced building technologies, innovation and design, especially as super-tall structures push the limits of just how high we can go. But is it possible to build skyscrapers out of … wood? Host Kevin O’Connor speaks to architect Michael Green and Lynn Osmond, president and CEO of the Chicago Architecture Center, about building tall with one of our original building materials.
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  5. Healthy Homes

    Healthy Homes

    As building technologies have improved and new building materials have found their way into construction sites, our homes have certainly become healthier than before right? Host Kevin O'Connor speaks with professors Jonsara Ruth and Alison Mears, co-founders of the Healthy Materials Lab, a design research lab at Parsons School of Design, about the history of toxic building materials, what we use today that could be harmful to our health, and how we can create healthier built environments.
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  6. The Perfect Tree?

    The Perfect Tree?

    There was a time when the American Chestnut was a plentiful resource for the wood that built our homes. In the early s it was found in house framing, windows, trim furniture, and more. At feet tall and up to 10 feet wide, it towered over the eastern forests. But then it disappeared. And now there's a movement to bring it back. Host Kevin O’Connor gets the story from author Susan Freinkel, who shares the historic importance of the Redwood of the East. We learn about the cutting-edge technology that scientist Bill Powell is using to bring it back from extinction. We also talk to Rex Mann, who grew up in Appalachia with the American Chestnut and researcher Sara Fitzsimmons who is overseeing an orchard of new growth trees.
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