In case you were wondering...

In case you were wondering...

This blog exists to encourage all those who have ever wanted--and needed!--a tiny getaway close to home. A workshop, playhouse, garden shed, sanctuary, mini-greenhouse, studio, home office; whatever it is you need, it IS doable, with some sacrifice, imagination, and compromise.

It helps if you're handy, too.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

By the end of the week...


Yah, I've got a thing about stained glass, always have. I like it that this one is fairly simple but really sturdy. It was in great shape except for the glaziers' putty, which Joseph replaced.
This will open out like an awning; hinges are at the top.

New back window's ready to go in. (This is the first thing I see when I come out of the gate in the back yard.) Already the cross-ventilation is a big improvement! Our old shed gets mildewy because it doesn't have much.
(And because it's on a concrete pad, Joseph says.)

I'm thinking I don't want the little roof over the door after all, though. I love standing there and looking up at the trees...couldn't do that if there were a roof.

This whole project unfolds and evolves and tells me what we need to do. It's like a symphony with different parts; I play mine, Mark plays his, Joseph his, and serendipity offers a bit of unexpected sweet adagio with a change in tempo.

Mark contributes an antique doorknob, Joseph finds a simple old brass one for the outside of the door, I rediscover a bit of wood trim I'd saved for 20 years or so. Things turn up in unexpected places, ready to be incorporated.

This is TRULY satisfying...the little window is in and trimmed. It got moved a bit since it needed to open and I wasn't clear on that...hey, I knew it, doncha read my mind? :-) I really appreciate advice from one of my architect friends, Jeanette ("Mistress of Longears"), especially since she advised pretty much what I wanted to do anyway. :-D

So the little stained glass window is now a tad lower and a tad closer to the door, and it looks great! Jeanette and I both thought it would be awkwardly close to the roofline if we moved it the other way, and this way it relates better to the door.

I'll still do SOMETHING below it...shelf, windowbox, sculpture, something...but just for fun, now. (Joseph says I am the Fenestration Queen; if a window is oddly placed or the wrong size, it DOES really bother me.)

Since he had his tools here anyway, Mark the Magic-Maker went ahead and cut the hole and made the frame for the back window...LOVE the extra light and cross-ventilation. We knew it would be low on that wall, but that's where my little desk will be and I'll be seated--so it's just right!


  1. This is looking really good!!! What a wonderful group project!

  2. Just great, Kate! I'd love to have a similar one...

  3. I love the way this is turning out.

  4. We are all enjoying your project. Seems like a very wise decision to remove the roof over the door.

  5. ROFLOL! I am laughing at the parethetic statement added that Joseph says it's because the floor is concrete. Oh boy, my husband is always letting me know the "real" reason which is not what I am saying of course! Men think differently than women I believe. Not better or worse, just differently.

    Isn't this looking wonderful! You are lucky to have Joseph who will redo a window like this for you. I am wanting my own spot now!

  6. Thanks all! Yes, I think it's a good decision...the little roof would look cool, but it would definitely block my view of the sky from there.

    I think our old damp shed is that way for both reasons, that floor gets pretty clammy!

    Actually, it was Mark who moved the window, though...

  7. That stained glass window is wonderful. Lets in the light and looks like a decorative wall hanging at the same time. But how do you know if you've hanged it right side up or not?

  8. This studio is soooo cute. Didn't every little girl want one of those houses to play in? I certainly did and can just imagine how much you will enjoy it. The French doors are the real piece de resistance! They must extend the space so beautifully.

  9. Paul--the hinges were on that side! I do wish I knew what it was supposed to be, but I guess I'll just think of it as a lotus of some sort.

    Shirley, indeed I did want one, too! I played under the dining room table, and under our front porch, with the black widows!

    I love the way the doors open up the space, both literally and does the deck. So does that bit of newish woodland across the alley--wish I owned it, too!



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