Stage number 412 of our house renovation begins Monday. And it involves smashing this hideous space to smitherines, building a new mini house and decking whatever is left. My excitement levels? Peaked! Aside from using the laundry and throwing things in the cabin to store, we never, ever used this space. For SIX YEARS. And so it is most definitely time to do something about it. We’d planned to just renovate the cabin - new sheeting, remove interior walls and reconfigure the laundry and toilet, but it was all in such bad condition tearing it down and starting over didn’t cost too much more and so that’s what we decided to do. And so… it’ll be one large room off the ground in line with the house, with French doors in line with our back door (which we’re replacing with a full-light door) and a window looking out onto the grass (which will actually be grass, not weeds, concrete and a broken hills hoist!). At the other end will be a laundry/loo with storage cupboard – the window will be in the middle of the wall in line with the interior door so the whole cabin gets the afternoon sea breeze.
There will still be a breezeway between the two buildings – it will be at roof level though, so really high and the deck will run the entire length of the cabin and to both fences in the far corner. We’ll have bench seats built along both sides of the buildings and one or two steps down onto the grass. It’ll be pretty simple, but pretty perfect for what we need. Best of all, it will be USEABLE – hurrah! We plan to use it as a bit of everything: my office/playroom/guest room… I can picture myself working while Zak and Layla run in and out and ride bikes and scooters on the deck and tumble on the grass. That’s the plan, anyway!
I know I should have an idea of what colours and stains and tiles etc I want, but I don’t. Well, I can pretty much guarantee it’ll all be neutral, but have no specifics. I’m thinking I might go with a light floor – either a limewash or paint it white just for something different. Any other ideas? I might try and whip up a moodboard this weekend… But before then, we have to empty it all. And guess where everything is going? Oh yes, throughout the house again. One day every room will only contain items it is supposed to contain. One day – hopefully that one day will be early next year!
I’ll take a few more pictures once it’s empty so you can see for yourself the delightful interior. And when I say delightful I mean ridiculously disgraceful. It is not somewhere you want to be. But soon it will be and I am so, so very happy about that!