ON the 2nd of January this year I wedged open the rotten door to our courtyard lean-to and surveyed the junkpile. There were no windows, so it was hard to see the extent of the filth. It was so full of broken appliances, electronics, dusty boxes and various items of dubious origins that I couldn’t get inside.
Over the next few months I cleaned it out, knocked it down, smashed it up, and built a utopian writing shed in the shell of the old world. Here’s a short documentary about it, made by Andrew McDonald, filmmaker-cum-furniture maker extraordinaire.
It was so much fun that now – with my collaborator-builders Mike, Matt and Andrew, who star in the doco – I want to build them for other people. Tell me if you want one…
Journalist Michael Green fills his dodgy old backyard lean-to with a unique lath construction.