This has been the year of inspiration for me. I am passionately fired up and fueled by inspiration and sheer joy right now. This beautiful homestead and all its capabilities, a new place to call home, meeting new people, closing one side of our business and building the other, I am dreaming, and notebooks are filling up with ideas to incorporate this year. I am writing two books, my classes are filling up, and my seeds are arriving in the mail. And I am looking at sheds.
In the book I told you about called “Off on our Own,” by Ted Carns, he had built several sheds over the years on his property to hold tools, one that acted as a library, even a chapel.
The tiny house craze has certainly been an inspiration as well.
On one of our trips to New Mexico we toured a very old hacienda that was the blueprint of our dream home. Each room stood side by side in a square all facing an inner courtyard. Each room led outside to the courtyard. The rooms consisted of bedrooms, a rough kitchen, a fiber room, and a chapel.
Doug came up with the idea. We could use sheds to create our little hacienda. We will have one that is a bedroom, either for ourselves or as a guest room for friends, children, or interns. We will have one that is an art studio so that I have a place to stretch out and not worry about kitties running across wet paint. We will have one that is a sitting room, maybe complete with a small wood stove for sitting and dreaming quietly, with a wall of books nearby. We will have one with a chapel. A place to pray, reflect, light a candle, a place where visitors can say their graces and feel healed upon this magical land that we have encountered. We could even put up a shed with a composting toilet. These sheds would be in a U shape with the courtyard in front complete with a high enough fence that an owl won’t take off with the kitties should they want to take a field trip to the hacienda. The view would look out across the mountain range. The combination of city lights and stellar stars would be a magical place in the summer. We could be close to the chickens, goats, and lambs to ward off predators, and we would have a place for visitors or give the visitors the house and we’ll stay in our shed hacienda seasonally.
There are no zoning laws or permits required for a shed. A shed could be built with found materials with friends for little money or one could purchase one of the darling ready made sheds complete with windows and a front porch. We will probably seek assistance and build our own, unless we come into a bit of money, then we’ll go shopping! We will face our shed hacienda to the west so we have this view.
What are you inspired to do this year?