We have been working on a backyard project since we returned from Italy. Here are some recent fruits of our garden.
Ever since we finished the backyard, we have wanted to work on the shed.
Although there is still work to do, today the mess had been temporarily picked up, so we let Madeline and Francis play while we worked. It is taking longer than we thought, because there had been a lot of rain and what we think is cold weather this year.
This was a side yard off a courtyard at our last home.
When my daughter was young we built her a playhouse tucked into and hidden in the shade of the house. It was quite a project, and it included putting a play kitchen inside, and her selecting the exterior trim and the interior colors. You can't see that the inside had pink walls and a yellow ceiling and a linoleum floor. At the time, I made the curtains from kitchen towels. She had her own sitting area and play area; it was quite a special place, and over the years, she played there for hours with cousins and friends. The window tilted out to open, and once when she forgot to close it, a cottontail rabbit climbed inside and spent the night.
When we moved here a few years ago, my spouse bought a kit from HD and built a shed. It has mostly held storage while we remodeled, but has been cleaned a few times by my daughter for use.
But the problem is that it really needed to be finished to be used. Out in the open, with no shade except for a palm tree, most of the year it is too hot to use by mid morning, so it needed insulation and electricity. This time around, my daughter was involved in all the choices, and had the final say, because she really had vision. She is also making the decorating decisions. And because we have a small home, this will have a big impact.
Only recently, while searching for photos of the original play house, did I note the impact that first little shed had on her. When we moved here several years ago, I gave her and her two cousins paintbrushes and three cans of sample paint that they had selected from a exterior paint pamphlet called "coastal", and let them paint rectangles on the house to choose the color. We have the blue by vote and later the door by my daughter's custom choice. They were perfectly safe color choices, because the houses in the neighbor are pink, orange, mint, lime, and some boring browns :) The Adirondack chairs were a rescue My spouse rebuilt one and repaired the other. My daughter saw them on a neighbor's bulk trash and made us get them.
So unlike the potting shed in the carport, this space will be functional like my spouse's office most of the year.
Her shed will overlook the garden.
More to come soon.
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