Around here, I think a lot of people are thinking about whether it makes sense to add a shed to their backyard to help get through a long, isolated winter. It can definitely be hard to concentrate on work with kids and partners Zooming for school and work themselves. Sometimes you just want to be alone with your thoughts.
I’m going to try to collect the most relevant of my shed photos and notes into one post sometime in the next week, I think, but this morning, it’s chilly, so I thought I’d run through the heat situation here.
It was 38F when I came out to the shed this morning — that’s pretty cold. I have a little space heater in there, and if I’m feeling really not up to dealing with cold, I come out, turn it on, and go back into the house, leaving it running for 30-60 minutes to warm the place up. (There was a little while where we had it on a smart plug that we could turn on from inside the house, but it kept tripping the breaker, and eventually fixing the issue seemed more trouble than it was worth — maybe we’ll try again at some point.)
I wanted to get started ASAP today, so I went with plan b, which goes like this:
– CAREFULLY position little space heater in the space between my chair and ottoman, UNDER the blanket, making sure it’s not touching any fabric, and settle in to watch a little TV on my phone while things warm up
NOTE: this would still be a fire hazard if left unattended, so I never do that, and in fact, within 15-20 minutes, it gets too warm, and I move the space heater out again to the open room, but for those 15-20 minutes, it’s super cozy, like a Japanese heater-table thing (kotatsu), which I’ve tried to find in the U.S., but haven’t had much luck with; I’m not sure I really have a good space for one anyway, but still
– usually at some point another half hour in, I’m too hot again (it’s also getting warmer outside), and I lose the blanket entirely, and maybe the cloak too.
I don’t usually get all the way down to t-shirt in the winter, but it’s quite comfortable temperature-wise in here, and my hands stay warm enough to type safely, which is key.
And that’s the shed in winter.