Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Return of the Jungle Hut (Part I)

Having professional carpenters in the garden is something of a novelty, until now we have done everything ourselves, calling in assistance from my Dad on occasion. The rebuilding of the jungle hut, however, is being paid for by our insurance company and so we don't need to resort to DIY.

First they dismantled the old one, which they commented had been very well built. I guess we knew that already as the main part was at least 20 years old, and showed no signs of any problems. That was unceremoniously dumped into a huge skip before it was taken away for recycling - most of the timber content gets pulped and I understand then used as fuel. 

New timber sat next to the old hut in the skip 

The new Timber arriving
So with that gone did we get chance to photograph the big empty space - no not at all, as by the time we had gotten home that evening the start of the new building was going up.



The new Jungle hut will be similar to the old one, although the decked area is growing in size and the shed itself will be slightly smaller. Its looking very solid already and the cladding being used is much thicker than the old - and in my eye looks much better too.



Very chunky cladding
The decking is also much thicker than we had used, so will be nice and solid too. As before the shed will be double glazed and insulated to ensure that when we over winter plants - and it will be needed for that very task before much longer - the cost of heating is kept to an absolute minimum.

Twinkles likes the new shed
We are expecting the finished building to be completed next week - I love having the professionals in!

Gaz

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  1. Wow! Impressive how fast the professionals can get projects done when they don't have a million and one other chores to do at the same time. Welcome new jungle hut!

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    1. You got that spot on Peter! Professionals can concentrate on one task at a time but if DIY you have to fit it in with other tasks too. We're glad the progress is quick :)

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  2. I come from a long line of do-it-yourselfers, so I am in awe of the speed and professionalism with which your phoenix is rising from the ashes.

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    1. Phoenix is fast rising Ricki :) Amazing how quick they move especially as we are avid DIY'ers too and we don't move that quick!

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  3. How exciting! It has to be so gratifying to see the new structure go up. At this pace, the project will be finished in a week!

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    1. Exciting indeed Gerhard, and we hope so! Although we won't be able to properly decorate or finish it off till spring now, but shell wise it will be finished and serve one of its functions as a protective space for plants :)

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  4. Hi guys, I love how you've taken pictures of the builders sneakily from a window. I think your new Jungle Hut will be fab.
    Love the picture of twinkles, looks like puss approves.!

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    1. The builders are quite fun to watch Joon, and so glad puss approves :)

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  5. Twinkles looks so sweet enjoying the new hut already. I agree the new hut is awesome and the planning will pay off soon. It's good to see things getting back to normal in your garden too.

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    1. Thanks Shirley! It was a roller coaster of a summer but we're glad things are starting to settle back again. Twinkles is pleased too :)

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  6. Looking forward to seeing the new jungle hut finished and decorated! I am an old hand at surreptitiously taking pictures of workmen from the window. Twinkles is adorable!

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    1. Quite fascinating watching builders do their thing Alison, and you pick up some handy tips from them too!

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  7. It seems so derisory to label it as a hut but I suppose that is better than a shed. It's looking good and the bigger deck will be fabulous assuming you do not fill it with potted plants immediately:-) Did I say deck is a bit derisory- it's a big veranda.

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    1. Thanks Don :) Must say we haven't actually decided yet what to properly call this structure, so we've been calling it all sorts and more likely it will stay like that. Can't wait to get it decorated and kitted out again though, so many options to go for!

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  8. One of my favorite things about this post is how similar your trash/yard waste/recycle toters are to mine...a connection !

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  9. You can be assured the job will be well done with Twinkles there to supervise.

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    1. The lady is good at ordering Missy :)

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  10. Ah that photo of Twinkles says it all...home! Things are looking good, and as you say not a moment to soon judging by the calendar.

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    1. Ahhww she does look adorable doing that Loree :) And it's a new place for her to climb on too so she's excited as well!

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  11. The new hut is beautiful and I can understand why Twinkles approves. Sometimes the best things follow disaster in gardens.

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    1. Thanks Cathy! Rebirth and renewal by fire :)

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  12. Nice products being used. That is an adorable photo of Twinkles though. She sure knows how to get attention.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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    1. Thanks Cher! Twinkles does love lots of attention!

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  13. How exciting! enjoy the luxury of having workers do everything for you!

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    1. Enjoying every moment of it Clive! Although can't wait for them to finish everything they're supposed to, both in and out of the house :)

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  14. How nice to be able to have professionals in and get the job done so quickly! So glad that Twinkles is supervising the work! ;)

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    1. Nice it is indeed Holley, and quite a rarity too! Twinkles is a demanding supervisor though!

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  15. Yay for fast construction...Twinkles obviously approves ;-)

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    1. Twinkles is surely the one that appreciates it the most Scott :)

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  16. Great progress! When you're done with all these projects you're going to feel like you have a new home.

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    1. Definitely Kris, exciting times ahead!

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  17. Wow, that is going up fast! It sort of reminds me of watching our joiner lay our bamboo flooring. We did it ourselves in our previous house, and did it pretty well too, but it took ages. He whizzed through. Like the chunky cladding, should last really well. What colour is it going to be?

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    1. Loving that chunky cladding too Janet! We haven't seen them sold in DIY sheds before, its great that the professionals have access to even more varied materials. I suppose professionals have to be quick, slow work less income and if they're quick they can cram more in and keep their trade healthy :)

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  18. It looks like you'll have a great hut!

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  19. Good luck with the re-build. Not sure I would have been able to keep so upbeat, despite the loss of such hard work, as yourselves.

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    1. Thanks b-a-g :) The new hut is something we look forward to a lot

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  20. I guess everybody is excited for this one!

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  21. Oh man, having pros in to take build things is the best. I am so excited for the slew of afters you'll have to post! (And Twinkles is adorable.)

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