Making of Gardenshed

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Both the stained glass and the knocker are from my good friends.

At the end of the day, the work of laying the bases of the roof was completed.

Today's work finished successfully.

Thank you very much, good friends!

2012 season finished.
The gardenshed looked nice with the window glasses.

People who passed by said to us, "It became nice."
They seemed worried about our gardenshed project, since it took so much time.


I prepared the red and the white rice cakes, which were traditionally presented to the neighbors at the raising ceremony in Japan.
I handed them to the children walking by, too.

We held a lunch party in my garden, together with the friends who helped the work and the visitors who came to see the raising ceremony.

Raising the beam is a kind of festival in Japan.


East view of the gardenshed.

The knocker of the front door and the stained glass are the focal points.

After raising the ridge beam, my husband's lonely work began.
Masaki put the blue sheet on the top in order to protect the roof base.

Here! We could find the place!
The northwest corner of the garden.

As for the foundation, we asked a professional to lay it.

On the adhesive agent, he put the brick color tiles.

Walls were covered with the outer wall materials. Masaki finished painting them. Before winter, we had a lot to do!

The sheets of plywood covered the sides as the bases of the wall.

The entrance finishing was completed.

The interior of the gardenshed.

On the window side, herb potted plants.
The hanging baskets under the eaves.

Herb dried flowers are hanging on the top wall.

What shall we do here?

My handmade embroidery and drawings on the wall.



The finishing is a ribbon work.

It was winter again. We had to prepare for the winter.
We tied the roses with bamboo poles and ropes.

While we were staying at our friends' house in England, I tried to find a door knocker in the garden shop. The husband of my friend asked me, "Do you want a knocker? I will give you mine."
Then he managed to remove a knocker off the door of his old house.
As soon as we came back to Japan, we put it to the gardenshed door! How nice! That was the most delightful present from England!
Thanks a lot! My friend!

By the way, look!
There is a door knob!
The door knob is more efficient than the bolt when opening and closing!

Masaki agreed and found the suitable knob for the door at last.
The door was the original one, so finding a good knob was difficult, however, finally we could find.

Please see My garden, 2013 with a new gardenshed.

You can see the gardenshed with flowers in full bloom.

The three year project has finished at last.
Now everyone, I'll show you the whole new gardenshed.

My friend also gave me antique stained glasses.
We installed them on the west and east windows.
The below is the stained glass of the east window.

Winter work finished, since the temperature was too low to use the adhesive agent.

The plywood was covered with the windbreak sheets.

The gable of the roof was completed.
It looked like a house!

@In summer, 2011, we planned to make a gardenshed. The reason for the project was we had to manage the window glasses we got from our neighbor and a lot of lumbers we got from one acquaintance.
However the biggest problem was where we could build a gardenshed in our small garden!?

East stained glass.

I put the curtains.

Curtains and furniture had to be taken away in spring in order to continue the work.

I arranged the interior with antique furniture, which my friend in Sapporo gave me.
So kind!
Many thanks, my friend!

In December, Masaki made a door.

However, the door didn't have a knob. Masaki wanted to put a bolt (or bar) on it.

I prefer a knob to a bolt. So our opinions were completely different!
The door remained without a knob or a bolt.
So it wouldn't open!?

After the foundation became firm, the day of the raising the ridge beam came.

Together with the neighboring friends, the ridge beams which my husband Masaki had cut beforehand were raised.

South view of the gardenshed.
There is a shade below the roof to prevent the summer sunshine.

In autumn, I made wreaths in the gardenshed
using rose hips of my garden.

It is a good place to do such craft work.


The electrical wiring finished.

Then he put the adhesive agent into the joint.

My husband's work is so careful and polite. Good worker!
Good job!

This brick color tiles are my request. Yes, I like them!

It was actually hard, since it needed a meticulous work.
It took whole summer to make small windows.

The below is the window beside the door.
It opens with folding two shutters.

From the inside.
It looks nice.
We can see the wide view.

West view of the gardenshed.
There is a shade, too.

The roof work was finished, so it seemed gardenshed would complete soon, however, it took 2 more years to complete actually!!

It was autumn.
The hills were covered with the autumn color.


Window glass




Stained glass

It was a hot day in summer.
However, they worked efficiently.

All of our friends were amateurs but they seemed professional!


In winter, Masaki continued to work inside the gardenshed. He spread sands on the floor, put the styrofoams, paved the floor with flagstones.

I put chairs and a table inside the gardenshed.
I couldn't wait for the garden season!

At last we installed the window glasses into the gardenshed.
Those window glasses had been put under the grape vine pergola for years after we had gotten them from our neighbor.
I helped Masaki install them.
Red wreath.

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Silver wreath.

Pine branches and pinecones were gathered in the neighboring area.

After the floor, he made the bottom walls.

The completion was nearby.

Around the gardenshed it snowed.

As Masaki was working during summer this year, it was a hard and hot work. So, he made small windows here and there in order to let the fresh air inside the shed.


Spring came!
Re-start season!

However, we had to do the Shakespeare herb garden renewal project in May, so the gardenshed project was re-started at the end of May.

In February, it is so hard even to go to the gardenshed.
We have to shovel snow away from the path.



Then on the heat prevent sheets, he put the asphalt single roof materials, as the finishing.

Photos of the roof of the gardenshed are from the second floor window of the main house.
The pink ivy geraniums are the windowbox flowers of the main house.

Masaki began the work of the roofing.

First, he covered the bases of the roof with the sheets to prevent the heat.

We tied all of the trees and roses in my garden with the bamboo poles and ropes as the preparation for snow.

November was the hard month for us, however, we finished preparing for the winter.


Ridge beam




West stained glass.

It snowed on the garden, too.

The little snow like this looks beautiful, however, at the middle of winter, we have 1 meter height snow here in Kitahiroshima, Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan.

In June, we traveled in England and Ireland (I wrote the blog in Japanese), so the gardenshed project was suspended until summer.



The symbol tree of my garden, maple tree with snow.


On the flagplates on the floor, Masaki spread the adhesive agent and leveled it with a mortar hawk.
Floor tile