Remodeling my Potting Shed in Nashville’s Oak Hill, Part I

I live in the Oak Hill subdivision of Nashville Tn, close to David Lipscomb University.  My Davidson County house was built in the 1940’s.  A lot of the homes in my neighborhood and on Glendale Lane have small barns and/or potting sheds in the backyard. 

Because my Glendale Lane home is an older one, there are a LOT of projects that I have been wanting to do. 

One of these “fixing up” projects was to paint my house.  Well, that has turned out to be the easiest of the projects, although I can’t say that painting the house was any fun.  All the disruption, moving of furniture, little drops of paint on the floor, etc. really were not pleasant.  BUT, the painting is finished and it looks GREAT!!!

So, onto the “barn”.  This “barn” is more like a shed, really, and I have been calling it a potting shed due to the fact that there are grow lights and shelves in the back room.  The man who built this house and lived on this property before me was named Mr. Hobby and apparently he was one of the Nashville’s foremost experts on African violets. 

Here is the barn/potting shed:

I understand that the Hobby couple had no children and lived in this Glendale house their whole lives.  I feel pretty special living here after them.  Almost like I am one of the daughters that they never had… I myself LOVE to garden and this yard is so amazing.  Mr. Hobby planted a field of daffodils, endless peonies, iris, daylilies, fern leaf spurge, native phlox, garlic and specialty bulbs galore.

The “grow” room with grow lights and shelving – I swear I am not growing any pot back there…

So here is the “barn” renovation, as it has been unfolding.  Many pieces of the wood siding are rotten or are rotting, so those are being removed.  Underneath the siding, the tar paper is old (like 1940’s old) and the wood or plywood is really rotting away.  So a lot of that had to be removed and replaced with newer materials.

Side opposite the house, where I will be installing a “secret garden” in the years to come:

The wood siding on the back of the barn is mostly not salvageable:

More rotting wood shots:

Given that there was not any wood siding out there to match what was originally put on to the barn, we decided to take off ALL of the siding on the back of the barn and put what was still good onto the side facing the house. 

The inside of the barn is also a work in progress at this point.  We have removed the rotting dry wall ceiling tile:

I just LOVE The wood interior – so charming and there is a built in shelf on the opposite side:

We filled in the terribly cracked concrete floor and then skimmed it:

On the next post of “Our Nashville Potting Shed/Barn Renovation”, I’ll let you in on the numbers involved in making this happen!