Thanks to Simpson Strong-Tie for partnering with me on my farmhouse style dream she shed
Long before I even knew what a she-shed was, I dreamed of one. Of course, when I was a little girl we called it a playhouse. But oh how I dreamed of having my own little place to escape and drink my Yoo-Hoo and eat my animal crackers.
As I grew up, so did my dreams of having my own little space – and even more so as I began to blog and create new things to share with you here. My house is pretty small – and there’s just not enough room for us to keep running a blog + have a somewhat orderly home. So my husband built me my very own she shed that is now our new office.
I’ve got to admit: this was the hardest project I’ve ever tackled. We did everything ourselves from digging holes to putting on the siding. Every detail was done with our four hands.
Going into this, I thought it would take about 8 weeks. Oh how naive I was. Eight long, hard months later, my she shed is finally complete.
While my husband did all of the thought on planning and building and all the technical stuff that’s not my strong suit, I could just see these beams in my head. I knew they would be the thing that made my heart go pitter-patter. Exposed wood…. metal connector plates…. Sigh.
Of course, the trusses were way beyond our level of expertise, so we outsourced it to a local contractor, asking him to use Simpson Strong-Tie truss connectors. (BTW – can you believe he only charged us $75 for each truss?!? I’m not sure we could have built them ourselves for that cheap.) Other than those trusses, we did everything else.
Those trusses were my first big “design” choice. No matter what, we were going to have them. It took me 3 hours of working with the contractor to create plans for sturdy trusses that would hold the weight – and they do it beautifully.
Besides them partnering with us on this project, this really is the she shed that Simpson Strong-Tie built. From joist hangers to ceiling components, when we needed two pieces of wood to be held together securely, then we checked to see if they had a product (and they usually do!)
After all the hardcore DIY was done, then came the fun part: DECORATING! I’ve had a blast creating my dream space. All our hard work came together to create a beautiful backdrop.
Shiplap and dark floors and exposed trusses – OH MY! It’s she shed heaven.
Of course, it wouldn’t be “Gina” if there weren’t some non-traditional elements. Like those tool boxes. They are big enough to store all my craft supplies and props that were slowly taking over our house. There’s even drawers big enough for sewing machines, etc.
So much storage! I even have a little room left… just in case I need to shop or something *haha!*
Of course, it’s not just about looking pretty – it has to be functional, too! Since we build furniture to share the plans with you, we needed a space to photograph it, rain or shine, snow or heat wave.
But it really has been fun to decorate. Like a lot of fun. I’ve kind of neglected my house for a year to get this project finished – so doing all the pretty touches at the end makes me excited to work on the actual living spaces in my home that are now craft-supply-free.
But I’ve got to admit, I might not have the heart to bring in a Yoo-Hoo.
Because I do actually have to get some work done and not just sit around.
But if you want to come and sit around with me, I’m sure I could round up some chocolate somewhere. And we’d be all cozy while crafting in my new dream office that is safe & secure thanks to Simpson Strong-Tie.
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Thanks to Simpson Strong-Tie for sponsoring this post. All words, photos & opinions are 100% my own.