I have a friend living in Berlin at the moment – an Aussie boy used to living in a house, with a large kitted out shed out the back. Work has taken him across the sea and he has only good things to say about Berlin.
For starters, its costs less than half the price to live in Berlin than Sydney. Rent, food, transport is cheaper. The roads are rarely choked as berlin has an excellent public transport system, and network of cycle ways. The city is busy, with seemingly always some event or festival on. He is missing Aussie sport, but apparently caught Australia(losing) in the Davis Cup, Danieal Geale(winning) in a boxing match and goes to see high class football(the kicking on the ground variety) every month or so.
Summers are mild, winters are….. bloody cold.
He’s even got a shed! Now inner city Berlin has few houses, but scattered amongst the apartment buildings are blocks of sheds. OK, so it’s not necessarily connects to your house… but its likely to be a wooden charmer perhaps even with heating.
My friend’s is not so lucky with his shed though. No heating. It is however, well insulated from the cold so a small heater can warm it up in a few minutes. In Australia, he had the opposite problem. A hot shed. No shade. Hot climate
This is how he sorted it out.
- He added a false ceiling, on put insulation in it, and insulated the walls. Insulation not only keeps heat in, it keeps heat out.
- He wanted to go with air conditioning, but in the end couldn’t justify the expense, so he put a mister on the roof. Works like this. Mists the roof, the water evaporates, taking away heat, cooling down the roof.
- He added a temperature controlled fan. When the temperature of the shed gets over 32 degrees, a ceiling fan comes on, sucking out the hot air. This stops things cooking inside the shed, even when he’s not around to open a window. His shed was also the home brewery…. so reducing heat was critical!
- He made his own solar panels and added them to the roof(its surprisingly easy apparently and much cheaper than buying them. They are not powerful enough to run his tools of course, but they handle the lighting and the ceiling fan no problem.
- He had some drainage problems, so he dug a trench around his shed and filled it with small pebbles. Now when it rains, the water runs along this trench away from his shed instead of pooling and flooding it.
I’m still waiting to hear how he customizes his Berlin Shed. I was thinking a German Beer home brewery but apparently no point – beer in Germany is cheaper than water. He mentioned something about making a working model helicopter…..
Hope that heater works, he’s going to be shed bound for some time.,