SUE TILLEY North Ward

A cottage style shed to match heritage-listed site

What do you use your shed for?

It is my sculpture workshop I am an artist working mostly in welded steel sculpture and kiln formed glass. I cut, grind and weld metal while I create my sculptures in there. My two kilns are housed in the shed, and it also stores literally tons of vintage steel objects that I use in my sculpture.


What do you love about your shed?

It is really pretty on the outside it has a lovely cottage look, like a miners cottage! It is also a practical and cool work space. It is a bonus that it is low maintenance, as with a heritage building there is enough maintenance to do already!

How has having your own shed changed your life?

Space, beautiful space! I had been using the back of our garage to work in the space is cramped and I had to reverse the cars out to lay work out, or if I was doing a large piece. I have a full wall of shelves so everything will be much more organised, and it will be easier to find what I need.  Also now the cars will stay so much cleaner no welding fumes and grinder dust settling on them. Before I took over the garage, I used to work on a mezzanine floor under our house, so I had to carry everything up and down stairs, so this is a better solution!


Tell us about your shed - the dimensions / features etc?

I call it my SHE'd! As in 'She did', She could, she would!  We own a heritage-listed Colonial era Military Drill Hall, which we have restored and turned into an art gallery, office, and home.  We have two Garage World sheds - mine is a 6x6 meter shed, and the garage is 9x7 meter. Both have a 25 degree pitched roof, and steel cladding has been used which resembles the weatherboard on the Drill Hall.  Between the cladding, corrugated iron roof, traditional style gutters and high-pitched roof they complement the architecture of original buildings. In my shed, the whole sidewall opens to a veranda so that I can get maximum fresh air, and work out there in the shade too. It also has a roller door at the front, so I can wheel my sculptures out, into the sculpture garden outside the gallery. Both are insulated to keep them comfortable.

I designed the shed and garage so they look like traditional timber framed weatherboard sheds, but have the benefit of being low maintenance and have the strength of steel (as well as not being a fire risk, as use kilns and welders etc in mine.

 

Anything else you want to share about your shed?

We opted for a steel shed for a couple of important reasons as we have a heritage listed property, there are tight guidelines to follow with developments. The criteria was that the new construction had to be 'distinguishable from the original structure', and 'removeable' (as it is built on an area that was once the parade ground for the Drill Hall). A steel shed is by design demountable, so potentially could be relocated in the future if required. And although it is clearly identifiable as not being one of the original structures on the site, it blends nicely and is sympathetic to the Heritage Buidings.

I have to say we were delighted with dealing with Garage World. The team were really efficient, and prioritised the build so that we could have them completed in time for my daughter's garden wedding on site. They were considerate of the garden, we had just landscaped (for the wedding) not a single petunia was harmed in the building of this shed! All the tradies were just great to deal with.

SUE TILLEY North Ward

A cottage style shed to match heritage-listed site

What do you use your shed for?

It is my sculpture workshop I am an artist working mostly in welded steel sculpture and kiln formed glass. I cut, grind and weld metal while I create my sculptures in there. My two kilns are housed in the shed, and it also stores literally tons of vintage steel objects that I use in my sculpture.

 

What do you love about your shed?

It is really pretty on the outside it has a lovely cottage look, like a miners cottage! It is also a practical and cool work space. It is a bonus that it is low maintenance, as with a heritage building there is enough maintenance to do already!

 

How has having your own shed changed your life?

Space, beautiful space! I had been using the back of our garage to work in the space is cramped and I had to reverse the cars out to lay work out, or if I was doing a large piece. I have a full wall of shelves so everything will be much more organised, and it will be easier to find what I need.  Also now the cars will stay so much cleaner no welding fumes and grinder dust settling on them. Before I took over the garage, I used to work on a mezzanine floor under our house, so I had to carry everything up and down stairs, so this is a better solution!

 

 

Tell us about your shed - the dimensions / features etc?

I call it my SHE'd! As in 'She did', She could, she would!  We own a heritage-listed Colonial era Military Drill Hall, which we have restored and turned into an art gallery, office, and home.  We have two Garage World sheds - mine is a 6x6 meter shed, and the garage is 9x7 meter. Both have a 25 degree pitched roof, and steel cladding has been used which resembles the weatherboard on the Drill Hall.  Between the cladding, corrugated iron roof, traditional style gutters and high-pitched roof they complement the architecture of original buildings. In my shed, the whole sidewall opens to a veranda so that I can get maximum fresh air, and work out there in the shade too. It also has a roller door at the front, so I can wheel my sculptures out, into the sculpture garden outside the gallery. Both are insulated to keep them comfortable.

I designed the shed and garage so they look like traditional timber framed weatherboard sheds, but have the benefit of being low maintenance and have the strength of steel (as well as not being a fire risk, as use kilns and welders etc in mine.

 

 

Anything else you want to share about your shed?

We opted for a steel shed for a couple of important reasons as we have a heritage listed property, there are tight guidelines to follow with developments. The criteria was that the new construction had to be 'distinguishable from the original structure', and 'removeable' (as it is built on an area that was once the parade ground for the Drill Hall). A steel shed is by design demountable, so potentially could be relocated in the future if required. And although it is clearly identifiable as not being one of the original structures on the site, it blends nicely and is sympathetic to the Heritage Buidings.

I have to say we were delighted with dealing with Garage World. The team were really efficient, and prioritised the build so that we could have them completed in time for my daughter's garden wedding on site. They were considerate of the garden, we had just landscaped (for the wedding) not a single petunia was harmed in the building of this shed! All the tradies were just great to deal with.

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