I was organising my photos over the weekend and stumbled across our shots for a project at our old inner city house.
When we bought it, there was a grungy old brick shed in the small paved backyard that had an outdoor loo and climber all over it.
It was dark and dingy with broken windows and a broken door.
It was even pretty useless as a storage shed as the roof leaked - it just had various bits of old unsecured tin (and even bits of cardboard!) as a roof.
We wanted to use it as a backyard studio/office space so wanted to make it a lot lighter and more pleasant inside, add a sink and some storage space.
First we opened up the front so we could install some sliding doors.
Opening up the side with glass and sliding door was a great move for a reasonably small space like this. It made it feel so much lighter and brighter, and was particularly handy in summer.
Then we added a pitched roof to make things more spacious inside. A pitched roof would also allow us to have a loft-style storage space over the separate toilet.
Having the high pitched roof on a relatively small structure was a great move to make it feel more spacious and add precious storage.
After painting the bricks, we added a few finishing touches like simple curtains and a step using some of the old bricks. We were really happy with the finished result. It was a very cheap transformation but really increased the value of the house for us (and hopefully the future owners, too).
In inner-city places space is always at a premium so it was great to have a large and separate home office. It was also a space that was very cool in summer and easy to warm in winter.