Last updated on June 14th, 2021
BANG-BANG-BANG! We’re hammering out a number of home-improvement projects here at Clover Hill. Earlier this season we enlarged the patio and built a pergola there. Also, we hid the roll-up door on our no-car garage. And since one project invariably leads to another, a couple of weeks ago we restored the roof and painted the eaves and shutters on our not-so-lovely garden shed. Please enjoy the before-and-after photos of this c. 1980 structure:
First, a little history! When we purchased this property, the garden shed was located at the eastern edge of a large asphalt parking lot behind the house. (I snapped the picture above in 2002, just before we made an offer on the house.)
In 2006 we removed the asphalt parking lot and planted a big boxwood garden there. At the same time, we hoisted the shed and moved it to its current position just north of the aforementioned no-car garage.
The shed deteriorated rather dramatically during the subsequent 15 years. Consequently we had two options before us: tear down the shed (my vote), or replace its sagging, leaking roof (Mr. Fox’s preference).
Mr. Fox won this save-the-shoddy-shed battle. John, our industrious handyman, scraped off the disintegrating shingles. Then he removed all traces of rotted wood from rafters, roof, and eaves.
Rotted wood was replaced with fresh wood.
Next came the roofing “fabric” and shingles!
Lastly, John painted the eaves and window shutters. The sides and back of the shed will be painted soon, I promise.
The grand eyesore is no more. Our view while dining beneath the pergola is vastly improved.
Back in 2010, in a lipstick-on-a-pig maneuver, I planted a climbing rose (thornless ‘Zephirine Droughin’) on the crumbling shed’s south wall. During the two weeks that John worked to restore the shed, the rose suddenly budded and bloomed for the first time in years. Perhaps it is happy with its newly-refreshed background.
Any home-improvement projects happening at your place just now? Speak up in the comments section below! xNosy Kevin
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