Planning

At the weekend we went to visit the outlaws & measure the shed so we could begin planning the shed-to-granny-flat conversion.

In previous jobs, and a little in his current job, Bean used AutoCAD a lot so we decided to draw a floor plan using AutoCAD. After Bean drew the basic plan we then worked out what furniture we’d be using in the shed & what would be put in storage (in a spare room in the main house). We measured the furniture we’d be using in the shed & Bean drew all of that in AutoCAD too. Once we had everything measured & drawn it was time to shift stuff around (virtually!). We played with all kinds of layouts, then 2 or 3 hours later we had a plan we’re happy with.

Bean has run it by his parents & they’re happy with it too. Awesome!

The total floor area of the shed is around 28m2 (just over 5m x just over 5.5m). The existing separate room in the shed is 7.8m2 (2.65m x 2.95m).¬† We’ve decided to increase our usable space by building a loft bed in the separate room. Under the loft bed will be The Bubble’s single bed & a space for the sproggets – a wardrobe for their clothes & shelves for their toys. By doing this, we’ve managed to create enough extra space for the washing machine & a shower(!) in the shed. Originally we thought we’d have to get a little garden tool shed for the washing machine to be outside, which won’t be necessary after all. Having a shower will be a total bonus. We were expecting to use the bathroom in the main house, which could increase stress because it’s not a child-friendly house & having a shower while wondering what dangerous things the sproggets are getting into is not terribly relaxing, nor is having a shower with the sproggets every time I want a wash!

As much as I’m proud of the loft idea & all that is made possible by having a loft bed, the kitchen is my very favourite part of the shed plan. We’ll be able to prepare most things we can prepare in any house kitchen with the exception of a massive roast (which we can probably cook in the hooded BBQ anyway…). We’ll have a sink with running water, our large fridge, 2 pantries, just over 3m of bench space with cupboards underneath plus a small island bench on casters, 3 or 4 roughly 2m long shelves along the wall, a pot rack hanging from the ceiling, the thermomix (which will actually be of use to us when we replace the broken blade), a gas camping stove, a bench top electric oven/grill, slow cooker & kettle. For the kitchen cupboards, since we lack the cabinet making skill & time to build them ourselves, we’re actually going to break my ikea-free ideals & buy ikea products. Not their kitchen products though, not only are they too expensive, I’m unsure of what chemicals they could be offgassing & would like to avoid VOCs. We’ll be using “ivar” cupboards, they’re solid pine – untreated & unfinished. They’re 80cm wide by 50cm deep & 83cm high. We’ll put them on blocks of timber from the salvage yard to raise them to a better kitchen bench height & we’ll screw a wooden bench top to the top of them. We’re hoping to get some milled, raw edge pine that we saw at the salvage yard for the bench tops, provided they’re not too expensive, our plan B is to use salvaged floor boards, plan C is to use pre-fab wooden bench tops from ikea or Bunnings (or other hardware store).

We won’t have a traditional dining table. Instead we’ll have the same set up for meals that we have already, the coffee table (which was once¬† a dining table anyway) next to the couch with the children’s little cane chairs. We still sit down & eat together, just not at a traditional dining table. That will work extra well in the shed, since we’re after furniture that can serve more than one function. The coffee table is a perfect height & size for children’s craft.

We’ll paint the interior of the shed with ecolour no-VOC paint in an as yet unchosen colour. Suggestions of funky wall colours most welcome :)

That’s just about all I can think to explain of the plan for now, so I’ll finish with a copy of the floor plan…

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8 Responses to “Planning”

  1. Fiona says:

    Looks awesome. It looks like the loft bed takes up all of the small room, though – is it going to be possible to get it in?

    • wildecrafted says:

      Thank you :)
      Yes, the underside of the loft is 1.7m high. Given that it is mainly the children’s space it is plenty high enough. We’d just duck a little (I won’t actually have to, I’m around 165cm tall, my partner is 175cm tall) to get in to the children’s space, just like we would if The Bubble’s bed was a bunk bed :)
      The storage under there is their wardrobe & their toys, we won’t be under there very much, and if we are we’ll be sitting, kneeling or ducking.
      We can’t make it taller or there’d be no room for us to sleep at the top. The top is low because it’s literally just for sleeping. It’s bigger than a normal mattress but we wanted space at the sides for glasses of water, books etc. – bedside table styles. It also maximises floor space under the loft to fix the loft to the studs in the walls instead of having lots of poles coming down to the ground.

  2. Kellie says:

    Hey Kimba, we have previously used 2nd hand kitchens for cupboards, it can be quite surprising what some people will get rid of! Sound slike fun!

    • wildecrafted says:

      We’ve found a few second hand kitchens but they’re all too big, excepting one which was just too ugly… 1970s kitchen without any of the awesome retro styles. The salvage yard wanted $400 for it too, which is $150 less than the chemical-free ikea cabinet option.
      Speaking of what people get rid of, my Uncle got a 6 month old Miele oven worth $3000 new for just $700 because some incredibly rich folk in Peppermint Grove decided they didn’t like their new kitchen after all & had it replaced after just 6 months! WOW.

  3. fleen says:

    oooh how exciting! its like building a house, practice run!
    my question is about heating and cooling. are you going to insulate the shed walls with anything? and the ceiling? put in a pot belly maybe?the loft bed is close to the ceiling so has the potential to get hot up there in summer!

    • wildecrafted says:

      Yes, we’re insulating & gyprocking. No pot belly, it will take up too much precious space & money to build a hearth. We had a little pot belly growing up & it was a pain to chop the wood up small enough for it, then a pain to have to constantly fuel the fire. We’ve got an oil column heater that we’ll use to warm the space up if it needs it. It’s a very small space though so won’t take long to warm up, especially once we’re all snuggled in there for a night.
      The way the shed is oriented it makes good use of the Winter sun & avoids the worst of the Summer sun. Also, it doesn’t really get “too hot” in Summer down here! Haha.
      The outlaws live very close to the beach so we get a nice breeze also.
      It is like a praccy run for building a house, we’re pretty excited, we’ve learned a lot from living at Wonderland (being owner-built) & we’ll learn a lot from converting the shed too. All the skills we can gain before building a house will be helpful.

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