Building a “Lighthouse” Getaway – a Storage Shed with a Difference 1

Our Lookout

Our Lookout

We had just bought a 10 acre parcel of rolling prairie near Saskatoon and were having fun exploring it.  I was standing in a clearing and tried to look over the tree tops in the adjacent, heavily treed, hollow.  “If I was about 10 feet taller, I’d have a great view” I told my husband.

Always helpful, he got out a stepladder and I checked out what I could see from the top – I wasn’t quite up 10 feet, but the view was already pretty interesting as I looked out across the Saskatchewan River valley.

“What if we built an octagonal gazebo up on stilts, kind of like a fire lookout tower” I suggested.  “Sure,” he says, “we can do that.  We have the technology.”  And the knowhow, too – he’s a carpenter.   It seemed a shame, though, to waste the space underneath the gazebo – especially since we had no buildings on the acreage yet and could really use the storage space.

Friends helped us build our "Lighthouse"

Friends helped us build our "Lighthouse"

So we thought we’d close in the area underneath the gazebo and the next thing you know we are building a prairie lighthouse.  Our friends had a great time helping us!

We had planned to just use screens for the gazebo window openings but the constant winds made us change our mind and actually put in glass.  We added a door and a walkway all the way around the outside.  A trapdoor lets you into the gazebo from the storage area below.

Well one thing led to another.  We insulated the gazebo and finished it in pine, with a pine bench all around the walls under the windows.  We added electricity – run off a 50 Watt solar panel of course.  We put in a couple of lights and an outlet for a radio and CD player.  Then we thought outlining the octagon roof with blue LED lights and the railing with white ones would be a great idea.  It looks pretty interesting when you’re driving by!

Our Lookout has become our Getaway

Our Lookout has become our Getaway

We called the  lighthouse shed/gazebo our “Lookout”.  It’s the first building we built on the acreage and after we built our house it became a kind of getaway cabin.  We work from home so sometimes you just need to get away from the house.  You can go to the city or go on vacation or you can just spend a relaxing hour in the Lookout listening to music and walking around the deck enjoying the view.

Our Lookout sits in a natural prairie clearing with a treed hollow on one side and a shady grove of trembling aspen beside it.   On the other side is a rise covered with Saskatoon and chokecherry bushes.  Our solar house sits just on the other side of that rise.

As we were building our home, pounding nails on the roof, this was our view.

 

View from the top of our house

View from the top of our house

 

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