Powering Up the Crafty Cottage with Electricity

Yes! We have power! The Crafty Cottage was ready to be powered up so this week we rented a Ditch Witch from a local hardware equipment rental and dug a trench from the back of the house to the side of the shed.

Digging the ditch was fun and Dad made it look so easy as he cut more than half the path. Then he showed Josh the controls, and of course, I had to jump in too, so we ended up digging the last bit together. You can see all of the adventure in this video:

ditch witch electrical | electricity prebuilt shedI like to think this is a funny metaphor for our marriage - Josh operating the clutch and muscling it around while I choose the speed and direction. Dad seemed to find it funny watching us in any case!

After digging the ditch, Dad wired up the RF cable starting at the shed and working up to the house. We shut off the power for just a few minutes today to get the final wires in place. Yes, my old fuse box is a mess and that's another project on my list to get an electrician out to work on.

wiring prebuilt shed | electrical boxIt ended up taking one day to dig the ditch, lay the wire, drill into our house and prepare the boxes both in the house and in the shed. The next morning Dad turned off the power to the whole house for just a few minutes in order to wire up the new box and then everything tested just fine.

Of course, if Dad didn't work for us, I would definitely have trusted this job to an electrician or contractor. My dad worked as a general contractor and even owned his own construction business for several years so we were able to do this step ourselves.

With the power on, I can definitely say the Crafty Cottage is looking more like a craft room than a prebuilt shed. We only have a few steps left to complete - priming, painting, and laying carpet tiles.

Click the articles below to learn more about how I converted a prebuilt shed into a finished craft room:

picking the shed for craft room
Picking the Shed
convert shed to craft room | shed delivery
Shed Delivery
insulating the shed floor
Insulating the Shed Floor
wiring, insulating, and paneling shed
Wiring & Paneling
running electricity to crafty cottage
Electricity!
paneling, painting, and carpeting shed
Paint, Lighting, and Carpet
organizing the craft room
Organizing the Craft Room
budget for craft room remodel
Budget