Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Victorian Style Shed & Playhouse

The time has come to paint our shed/playhouse, so while I'm working on my veranda, Brian and Astrid will be tackling our functional yet fancy Victorian-style little cottage. It's not an old building, twenty years at most. The previous owners had this two-storey structure, with balcony and deck, built for garden storage and their three children to play in. Rarely do we see such attention given to a backyard construction. Gingerbread details found on the DV have been replicated for the adornment of the shed. Even the swing set is nicely coordinated. It is fully wired for electricity and a water pipe has been brought to the shed for ease of watering the garden. The stone steps leading up to the the playhouse are engraved with the names of the previous owners' children. Astrid was just a little too old to fully enjoy this amazing playhouse, so even the upstairs serves as storage now.

It's often referred to as the tree house because of the huge pine growing in the back, giving the illusion that the deck is built around the tree. You can see in the shot below that the tree is several feet away.

After scraping and sanding, Brian and Astrid are now priming. The colours used on the DV will be repeated on the shed/playhouse, along with two new ones to make it more whimsical. Stay tuned for shots of work in progress.

Until then, here are a few of my favourite garden cottage sheds, aside from mine of course.

English Tudor cottage, Great Britain, photo by Tom Schroeder
Charlotte's Post Office of Spindle Cottage, UK

Water tower cottage by Geoffrey Holton and Associates, S.E.A. Construction, San Carlos , CA
Uncredited photo of hen house from
Rabbit cottage by Cordwood Construction
Pigeon cottage (an original pigeon house converted into a  retreat)
Living Roofs, Inc.


Rosemary said...

What a gorgeous little garden cottage - too good for just storage. All the details in in are charming, I shall look forward to seeing the finished job.

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Rosemary,
Yes, it would make a lovely little retreat if finished on the inside. I will show shots of the inside on a follow up.

Ashley said...

What a cool little building to have inherited along with the house! That must have cost a bit of money to build in the first place...

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Ashley,
We heard through the branches, literally, that it was very costly to build, this from a neighbour who saw the entire building process. When we first saw the sales listing for our house, very little was said of the shed/playhouse.

Mark D. Ruffner said...

Dear Anyes,

What a charming cottage/shed you have! I would use it as a retreat from the telephone and all the solicitors that keep calling, a place for meditation. Or maybe a place to write.

Like Ashley, I can imagine that the shed was costly to build, but I'll bet the children who used it have wonderful memories today.

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Mark,
As a matter of fact, one of the kids, now in university, contacted me through Facebook and asked about the playhouse and the steps - you are correct.

GinaBVictorian said...

Hi Anyes,
Your little garden cottage/playhouse is wonderful! I had a playhouse as a child but it was nothing like that! I would have been loved one like that! So cute and great detail.
Happy Sunday to you.

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Gina,
My playhouse was the discarded box of a refrigirator, but I had a great time while it lasted.