Well now the summerhouse is built it’s time for the stressful bit. Begging for votes so I can win the contest.
You can vote for me here: http://tinyurl.com/7bc4sgx (link is to a facebook page). Make sure you hit the vote button and not just like (but you can like it too obviously).
Each person can vote once per day, and the voting is open for two weeks.
To be fair I think I have a good a case for your vote as any other of the contestants. Not only have I pored my blood sweat and tears into building this summerhouse/shed out unwanted pallets, reclaimed doors, and a few bits of long timber that I cheated and bought; but I did so by dragging them all up the bloody mountainside that is my garden.
And of course there’s also the fact that if I win I’m going to donate the £1,000 prize money to the Joseph Salmon Trust, a charity that provides financial support to parents who have lost a child by helping pay for funerals and headstones.
As far as I’m aware I don’t think any of the other contestants are planning on donating the prize money to charity, so this isn’t one of those cases where good causes are pitted against each other. It’s a pretty easy choice folks.
Just in case you need a reminder, here’s some photos of the summerhouse throughout it’s construction:
Even though I primarily used pallets destined for landfill, I’d be lying if I said the summerhouse was cheap to construct. The roof cost about £80, as did the windows. I spent about £40 on nails and screws and another £60 on timber long enough to act as joists and corner posts (however I could have save about £20 of that had I planned the roof properly). Plus there’s the cost of petrol used while scouring the neighbourhood for abandoned pallets, and then there’s a few tools that I bought.
All in all I think I spent about £250 – £300 on the summerhouse. Which isn’t a small amount of money, but considering for the same price I could have got something like this from ebay, complete with paper thin walls and plastic windows. I feel I’ve got a bit of a bargain.
So please vote for me. And in addition, any efforts to encourage others to vote too would be absolutely fantastic. All facbook shares, tweets and blog posts will be met by gushing gratitude and a little happy dance from myself.