My Sheddie : Peter Mclaren Pool Hoose

Sheddies name

Peter Mclaren

Shed name

Pool Hoose

Selfbuild or off the shelf shed?

“Self build.

The whole notion for me of a shed is that it relects the creativity of its builder. The inventiveness in sourcing their materials. Their quirks of construction. ”

Why have you got a shed? uses etc

A space presented itself. It gave me the chance to unite two parts of a garden which were separated by a high wall. Its a multi use space. Its used as my studio. I’m a painter. I sometimes sleep up there, We’ve eaten and pondered things there too. I have an other shed to store bikes, the lawnmower and tools.

How would you describe your shed?

A work in progress. It started out out as something simple to fulfill a need. But it evolved as materials presented themselves. I wouldnt want to say its a this or a that, because it is a versatile space.

Who are your shed inspirations?

“Tapawingo NY on Lake perhaps my goal, but my inspirations are many and varied, though mostly more modest. Fisherman’s huts on Orkney made from salvaged materials. Tin sheds in Caithness and Sutherland. Mountain huts in the Cascades. Campers built on old trucks,converted buses and railway carriages.

Really anything where someone has used materials inventively that were found, cheap or better still free and to hand. ”

Future Shed plans

Oh? I was given some huge Georgian windows, perhaps 8 feet high. I also have the aluminium frame from a factory cupula which I can reglaze. I’ve got a dozen telegraph poles, 60 scaffolding boards and a load of 4x2s and a space. I’ll need to find some slates or some more metal sheeting for a roof. If I can find it before the winter, I’ll make a start in the Spring.

How did you find out about our community?

An article in The Times.

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By Andrew Wilcox

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