How? Very nicely thank you! If you don't remember what it used to look like, this is how:
A little after that photo was taken the 'men' started showing up to start work. The people (JPP) that helped us buy the house also handled the project management of the shed renovation so it was good to not have to worry about it. They fit it all into our original house budget so we were very happy.
First the workmen ('tradies' in oztralian) cut two big holes on the sides to fit in large sliding doors.
The doors will let in lots of natural light, but they also serve a very practical purpose. During the warmer months they'll work with the windows to establish an airflow. I've been using them almost every day to delay the time when the air conditioner has to be turned on.
Then the insulation went up, harder than it looks because the framing to hold the insulation in had to be put up, it also holds up the plaster so it's worthwhile spending some time on it.
Plaster day was a big day! the space began to change into a proper office:
When we worked out the budget there was one item without a figure attached to it, the electrical system. It was the only wildcard the PM allowed and, as they predicted, it was a little bit of a nightmare.
The shed had been connected to the grid by a wire spliced into the powerpoint in the house (behind the wall, we didn't know). To do the job properly required running a conduit from the house fuse box all the way around, then into the ground, and across the backyard. Naturally the fuse box was as far as it could possibly get from the shed AND the ground was clay, hard clay.
So hard that the blokes digging the trench couldn't break through it with their tools and they had to run off and quickly rent this:
Here you can see what the clay looked like:
Once the electrical connection was done it all became easier. We ended up using one of the contingency days on the doors but when they finally arrived it was worth it:
Then it was a matter of watching people put in the flooring:
Then watching people paint:
Then, finally, just enjoying the look of the thing:
All that looks a little sterile, so here is one of the space actually being enjoyed. Ethan playing with an old flight simulator.
So there you go! all done.
I've been hard at work on an update to ThinkBook, if you've been following on Twitter you'll know that it's with the beta testers now. Just bug fixes.
Finally I want to say 'thank you' to everyone at JPP. They got us the almost perfect house then made it perfect. If you're thinking of buying property anywhere in Australia PLEASE get yourself a buyers advocate. They'll make their fee back for you just in their negotiating end-game, they save you money.
We didn't think they would be interested in working in our price range but they work at any point in the market. Buyers advocates are the ONLY people working for you when you buy a house. Real estate agents must, by law, do whatever is in the seller's best interest.
If you're looking in Melbourne we, obviously, recommend our guys: JPP Buyers Advocates, otherwise have a look in your local area. I'm not sure what the situation is internationally. In Australia, and specially in Melbourne houses are horrifically expensive so having an expert help makes sense.
Anyway, enough of telling you all what to do, more news on ThinkBook and Comic Zeal soon.