The garden shack – does it have a future?

This year, we have to do something about the garden shack. Before the roof totally caves in and damages the tiller and all my other gardening tools and, I say this lovingly, other junk we store in it.


The previous owners built it as a working observatory. The top, white portion of the silo-shaped structure rotated, we’ve been told, and stargazers looked up at the night sky through the vertical portion that juts out (top right in photo). It must have been pretty cool in its day, but not so much anymore.

The walls are sound, but the roof’s seams are coming apart, and as you can see, my husband has done his best to patch the big holes. This past winter’s lack of snow was a good thing in that it didn’t weigh down on the roof, but I don’t think we can keep testing our luck. Awhile back, we had a contractor in the neighborhood come take a look, but to our dismay, he said it would cost several thousand dollars to replace it – more than it’s worth.

I want to keep it – it does have a practical function after all. It holds my garden crap! It’s also just quirky enough to be a great conversation piece. But what can we do to fix it that doesn’t cost and arm and a leg and still keep that unique character? Keeping the round shape would be optimal, or maybe something similar to a gazebo’s roof with shingles?

I’d love to hear your ideas for the roof. And, (hint, hint friends and family) I’ll even offer up a steak on the grill dinner and all the Spotted Cow/old-fashioneds/whiskey sours you can drink for your help! So what say you – how should we fix the garden shack’s roof?


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Anonymous on April 2, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    I’ll show these pics to Roger, and see what he says about fixing it, and call you if he has any ideas.

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