After last weeks Instagram post about our DIY garden bench we had lots of people asking us to write a blog about how we did it. So instead of letting Stacey take all the credit for my hard work I thought it would be about time that I (Adam) wrote my first ever blog (please go easy on me). So here we go.
When we moved into our house the garden was something that we compromised on as it was slightly smaller that we would have liked. But as the house was nearly perfect for us it was a compromise that we were willing to make. Our garden is north facing so the sun drops over the front of our house making the end of our back garden the last place to catch the sun. Annoyingly for us, this is where we had inherited a huge shed that was left by the previous owners. It would frustrate us so much that the only bit of our garden that got the last of the sun in the summer evenings was being taken up by the shed.
After spending an eternity thinking about getting rid of the shed (apparently that’s something I do a lot, think and not do), I finally made the decision to sell the old ‘sunhine stealer’ and turn the area into a much more useful space.
I had the idea of building a bench area and even went on Pinterest to get some ideas (how very 21st century of me). From the ‘inspo’ that I found on there, it lead me down the route of building a framework first of treated CLS timber then cladding the frame afterwards. Now we were lucky in the fact the base that the old shed was standing on before we sold it was concrete and in good condition so served as a perfect base to start from.
To cover the concrete I built some fairly standard decking which would then form the base for the framework of the bench. Is this making any sense? In my head it is so I will carry on..
I’m not usually one for too much forward planning but for this I did actually make some (very rough) drawings of how I wanted it to look and I actually bought the base cushions for the bench seat and designed the bench around them. Once I knew the dimensions all that was left to do was order the wood and build it!
After the decking was laid, which was fairly straight forward (Here’s a “>YouTube video showing you how to do this), it was then time to build the frame.
Now if I’m being honest I completely made this up as I went along. Once the height and width of the frame had been set out I then just kept adding bits to the frame until it felt sturdy enough to take a few adults that had enjoyed one too many burgers at a BBQ. I did also manage to build a planter on the corner of the bench using left over timber where we put an olive tree, ohh get me (olive tree has since died!).
Now that the framework and decking had been completed all that was left to do was to clad the framework. I opted to use ‘log lap’ timber to do this which is widely available online.
One last thing that I wanted for the bench was to be able to use under the seats as storage. So for the tops of the seats I used decking boards that had been attached underneath together using another scrap of wood as a baton, so that the seats were removable. Now we can keep a range of cushions, brightly coloured plastic kids toys and the paddling pool with holes in well out of sight!
Shortly after building this we visited Edinburgh and climbed to the top of ‘Arthurs seat’ where the views over the city were amazing. But all the time that we were up there I couldn’t help wondering if one day people would be doing the same type of pilgrimage to ‘Adam’s bench’? I really doubt it somehow!
I hope you find this helpful in some way and one-day attempt at having your very own ‘Adam’s Bench’ in your sunniest spot.
Please send over any comments if you have additional questions I haven’t covered in the blog.