Introducing “The She Shed”

Hello to my renovation buddies! Thanks for returning to my blog. For any who are new, my name is Jay Waters. I blog about renovation projects I’m working on. 

The project I’ve been working on lately is a Victorian house downtown. I’m converting the house into a space that will work for lawyers. Most of the offices in the area are law offices, so I thought that it would be smart to convert my Victorian into law offices.

The “She Shed”

Today, I’m talking about the shed behind the house. I was struggling for months to come up with an idea for the shed. Of course, I could always just make it a shed. But, how boring would that be? Lawyers don’t need as much storage space as a homeowner would, so I thought I would convert it into something more interesting.

I decided to turn it into a “she shed.” I got this idea from an NYC truck accident lawyer. I think it’s a fabulous idea. So, I started to think of a concept for the “she shed.” I thought, why not make it into an escape for female lawyers? Especially for female lawyers who are nursing and need to pump during business hours. 

Lawyering is a stressful job, so I wanted this space to feel peaceful. I started by painting the ceiling a nice pale blue, and I had an artist come in and paint clouds on the ceiling. Next, I painted the walls a pale cheerful green. I wanted someone to come into this space and feel like they are relaxing in a spring meadow. 

Next, I filled the space with as many fluffy armchairs and ottomans as I could find. At first, I was going to have all of the chairs match. But I thought that would be boring. If you don’t know by now, I don’t like boring. 

I found armchairs of all shapes, patterns, colors, and sizes and mismatched ottomans. Now, this might sound a bit stressful, but I made sure they complimented each other and felt cozy rather than overwhelming. A bit of organized chaos is sort of my design aesthetic. 

The end result is so gorgeous. I think the lady lawyers will never want to go back to work. They might just grab a few books, kick up their feet, and become women of leisure. 

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Each Stair Riser Represents a Different Legal Practice Area

Welcome back to my renovation blog! For those of you who are new, I’m Jay Waters. On this blog, I share renovation and design projects I’m working on. My latest project is a Victorian house that’s being converted into office space for lawyers to rent. The entire project has taken on the lawyer/legal theme. I can’t help myself!

I have been going over the top, and today’s post on the staircase project I’ve been working on is no exception. I can’t seem to prevent myself from going big with my lawyer/legal theme. 

About the Staircase Project

So . . . I have been focused on the gorgeous staircase in this Victorian. If you’re familiar with Victorian houses, they often have grand wooden staircases. These staircases are real showstoppers, but I wanted mine to be even more unique. 

What I did was sand the staircase railings and give them a nice dark stain (almost black) to give them the feel of an old English courtroom. Then, of course, I gave them a nice polish. But, it’s the stair risers that I’m really excited about. I came up with the idea of doing a stencil on each riser of the different types of legal practice areas. 

For instance, one stair riser reads: SEC whistleblower law. Another stair riser reads: criminal law. Another riser reads: personal injury law. Another reads: employment law. This goes on for fifteen stair risers. Who knew there were so many different types of legal practice areas out there? Corporate law, environmental law, family law, and on and on it goes!

I decided to keep the stair risers white and do a nice black stencil. Cursive writing, naturally. I did consider doing a typewriter-style font, but I ultimately decided on cursive. I really love the way that it turned out! 

If you are ever considering changing up your staircase, playing with the stair risers is a great place to start! You could do a unique color or pattern. It really is a wonderful way to change up your space.

Until Next Time!

You all are wonderful for checking in with me to see how my project is going. I hope that this blog gives you renovation and design ideas. As a design lover and renovation lover, I am always looking for inspiration. Hopefully this blog and my reno project is inspiring for you!


Each Office Has a Different Theme

Hello, renovation lovers! I’m Jay Waters, and I’m back to share some more progress on my Victorian renovation project. This is one of the best projects I’ve ever done, and I’m really using all of my creative energy.

I did get some advice from a personal injury lawyer in Richmond for the project I’m sharing today because I wanted to make sure that the space was beautiful but would also be useful for lawyers. Since I’m designing this project with attorneys in mind, getting advice from an attorney seemed like a smart idea.

The Design

So, I’ve been working on the office spaces in the upper level of my old Victorian house. Originally, the upper level was filled with bedrooms meant for sleeping in. I’ve decided to use these rooms as offices because I’m hoping to rent this building to attorneys in the downtown area, if you recall. 

I made sure to include the useful items my attorney friend recommended, but on this blog, we are going to discuss the FUN stuff!

This was such a fun project because I decided to do themes in each of the four “offices.” The first theme is a law theme, of course. I had so much fun with it. I brought in an artist to paint a four-wall mural of a courtroom complete with a jury box and a gallery full of angry people seeking justice. I had a chandelier custom-designed with the scales of justice on it.

In the second office space, I decided to do a travel theme. I’ve always wanted a room that felt like a British museum. I lined the walls with antique shelves and file cabinets and hung artwork that I found at a local antique store. The walls I painted in an aged yellow, as though they were once white and had slowly yellowed over time.

In the third office space, I chose to use a circus theme. Isn’t there something so magical about the circus? I even painted the ceiling in red and white stripes to look like a big top tent, and I did it myself! The walls are also striped red and white, and I found a fun chandelier with an elephant balancing on a ball. 

The fourth office space is my favorite. It’s in the design of a jungle. There is something very whimsical about being lost in the jungle. Jumanji is my favorite movie of all time, so you can understand why I chose this theme. 

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Thanks for visiting my blog again, fellow renovators. I hope you enjoyed hearing about how I designed the office spaces. I really love sharing this project with you all.

Progress on My Back Porch Library

Hi, friends! I’m Jay Waters. Thank you so much for returning to my blog. If you’re reading this, you probably know I’m working on a Victorian renovation downtown. I’m having so much fun with it. Today, I wanted to tell you all about the progress I’ve made on my back porch library. 

First, I’ll give you some information as to why I turned the back porch (of all places) into a library!

As you know, once I’m finished with this project, I’m planning on leasing the property to a law firm. I don’t know which one yet, but I thought that a law library would add value to the property and make it more likely to sell to a firm.

There are a lot of small legal practices in the area, so I thought that a law library would be a good addition to this renovation. I mean, just think of it. A lawyer who rents the place could move their books in and immediately start researching on injury claim laws in Arizona. The back porch was really the only place to squeeze in the library, so I had it enclosed and voila!

About My Colorful and Funky Back Porch Library

I never do any renovation or design in the usual way, and I always try to create a unique aesthetic for each room I design. For the library, I didn’t want to do boring brown bookshelves, so I wrapped the entire closed-in porch with teal shelving. Teal is such a fun, whimsical color. I really think it brightens the room and makes it a place where some serious law studies can get accomplished.

For the floors, I did go the traditional route and left the hardwood flooring in place. However, I added a painted harlequin pattern to the floors like this blogger did, and they are so much fun!

I really think a law firm is going to take a liking to this wonderful Victorian reno. 

I also plan to add a few ladders to the bookshelves and some incredible antique brass chandeliers. How fun would it be to study with a glorious chandelier overhead? Who says chandeliers only belong in ballrooms? I don’t think any legal professional will be able to resist renting this space when it’s complete!

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Thanks for visiting my blog, friends. If you think you might be interested in renovating a house some day, continue following along with my blog. I will share design ideas that will hopefully inspire you in your own design or home renovation projects.

What a Personal Injury Lawyer Thinks About My Victorian Reno Project

Hi! I’m Jay Waters. This is my blog where I talk a bit about the renovation and real estate projects I’m working on. Today, I wanted to share a little about my Victorian reno project that is my most recent design project. 

I received some high praise from an Albuquerque personal injury lawyer who said that they might be interested in renting the space when I’ve completed the renovation. I definitely think that I will only be willing to rent the building, because it’s simply too delicious to sell.

About My Whimsical and Colorful Historic Victorian Reno

So, my Victorian home was built in 1902 and sits in the heart of downtown. There isn’t much of a yard and no privacy, but the building is an absolute gem. It was in bad shape when I got my hands on it, though. The exterior was faded and the wood was deteriorated in some places. I was lucky to be able to save most of the exterior, only having to replace some of the wooden siding. The rest of the exterior was scraped and repainted a gorgeous ocean blue.

I didn’t change any of the original details of the exterior except I did add window boxes.

The interior is still under renovation, and I expect it will be another year or so before it is complete. At present, I am focused on the main level of the building (there are three levels). 

Since I know the home will most likely be used as office space, I have taken down several walls in the main living space. I’m keeping the kitchen as is for the moment, since most office spaces need a kitchen. I’m also keeping the fireplaces intact. 

So far, I’ve had drywall put up and I’ve picked out some wood-look plank flooring. It’s extremely durable and beautiful, and I can’t wait until it’s installed. Yeah, yeah, I know. What about the original wood floors? I intend to keep those in the upper level, but since the main level will be getting a lot of foot traffic, I think it’s more practical to install the wood-look tiles.

Next on my list is a closed in back porch that I intend to use as a sort of library or storage space. I’m going to be putting in built-in bookcases. No matter what type of renter I get, most businesses could use some built-in storage. I’ve already painted this room a cheery yellow.

Come Back Soon!

That’s it for now, friends. I promise to keep you all updated on the project. I know that most people love a good renovation. And if you’re like me, a Victorian reno in the heart of a downtown center? Dream come true!