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.

Monday, November 14, 2011


And by the way, the big blank south wall of the shed is seriously boring.  It's the inside wall with the bookshelves, desk, and kitchen corner, so I didn't want a window there but from the outside....zzzzzzz.

See what I mean?  Nada.  A LOT of nada.
I've thought about a trellis, a solar collector, a sculpture, a sign, a big bush, or...maybe...just not think about it.  I don't see that side very often anyway!  But if you have any suggestions....


  1. Hmmm. You need to consider moisture retention against that wooden wall. A shrub or shady tree may promote mold or rot.

    If you don't see it much might you consider using it as a storage area? Ladders? Garden supplies? Round rocks?

  2. That's a good point, Pablo! We were in Amana again this summer and saw all the trellises on houses--they were said to provide insulation in the summer. BUT...those are almost all brick houses!

    I was thinking of a flat, home made black solar collector that would be up only in the winter...we've got a huge piece of glass from an old storm door, and if I put it over something black and hung it on the wall, it might keep it a bit warmer on sunny days. (It's already very, very shady on that side in the summer.)

    Hmmmmm...more round rocks, great idea! :-D Actually I thought I was going to lose one of the ones you sent me--a buddy fell in love with one of them. He's a good friend, but those are SPECIAL, and thank you!

  3. I think you ought to think of a solar panel for winter heat. If it's already shady in summer you don't need to add more of that but heat for the cold days would be great. I'm not sure about your homemade version though as wouldn't that cause condensation?

  4. Good point...but I don't want a solar collector for electricity, like most of the commercial ones, only passive solar to collect heat on sunny days. It probably WOULD need a vent of some sort!

  5. I was out at my cabin yesterday (NOT at the stores like a consumer culture casualty), and I had a large pile of leaves behind my cabin to rake away. They had retained a lot of moisture, and now I have mold growing at the base of the cabin logs.

  6. Oh dear! (And we didn't go shopping either, ick! Spent a nice chunk of the day at the shed, though...)

    Funny, we used to put bales of hay around our old farmhouse in the winter to keep the drafts out...don't remember mold. That's nasty stuff, sorry!



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