much bigger on the inside than you’d think.

Some writers have little writing shacks tucked into tranquil corners of their properties.  I’ve long been intrigued by the idea of a detached writing office without distractions, only to be used for cranking out pages.  Every time I go to Home Depot, I check out their pre-fabricated tool sheds, some of which are almost like houses in their own right.  I’ve also been browsing the Interwebs for inspiration and ideas.

Well, I think I’ve finally settled on the perfect design for the writing shack I want to build at the far end of the garden:

Construction will begin as soon as I can get my hands on a schematic for a 1950s English police box, and I figure out the exact Pantone value for the light blue color.  Oh, and I should probably level up my woodworking skills a bit…


14 thoughts on “much bigger on the inside than you’d think.

  1. OK, now I SO need one of those. And a hot companion. But who? Rose? Donna Noble? Nyssa of Traken? Decisions…

  2. Joe Allen says:

    You can buy an original for only $27,800. Plus shipping.

    Actually, that would be a cool writing space – if a little small. I’m sure there are plenty of plans available out there. Check out Replica Prop Forum if you get froggy and decide to make one.

  3. alan says:

    The shell is easy, the additional dimensions on the inside might take a little work.

  4. Al Terego says:

    Just call up your local Port-o-let jobber and he’ll drop one right where you want it.

    Looks the same, it’s a lot cheaper, and the built-in office chair doubles as a receptacle for all the crap.


  5. ZerCool says:

    Marko is the next Doctor!

  6. Glamdring says:


    Have you looked at these? They are really neat

    Most are build on a trailer to get around zoning laws. Some people do use them as office or extra bedroom.

    Tactical note: Shooting from the bed loft gives you very good plunging fire on entrance. Sorta like using top of stairs in split level house.

  7. og says:

    Very nice.

    You can get a Jotul woodburner the size of an ammo can that will heat that very comfortably, too. Plus boil water for tea. Couple of sticks of hardwood would keep you toasty warm all night long.

    The police box dimensions might have to be increased somewhat, but not an awful lot.

  8. MarkHB says:

    Smashing. Don’t forget to park it up against the back door so you can blow new visitor’s minds.

    Also, if you really need plans, my boss happens to have been doing VFX at the Beeb during the Blakes’ 7 era… plans aren’t a problem…. 😉

  9. aczarnowski says:

    If you actually pull this off please share details. I’ve wanted one since getting sucked into the “new doctor” a couple years ago. I’d love to see one actually come together with enough detail to know what’s hard, easy and in between.

  10. John Murphy says:

    I’ve always been jealous of Mark Twain’s octagonal writing hut. He built it at his sister’s house in Elmira, NY so that he could get work done while visiting. One presumes that the creepy mannequin was not in residence at that time.

  11. Scott Hraban says:

    This one is a little small, but it doesn’t require you to brush up on your woodworking skills 🙂

  12. Douglas2 says:

    If there is a fairly direct path to the location of this police box, begin your planning by staking your square at 45-degrees to the direction of approach. This gives the largest dimension of the square (the diagonal) as the visual profile, much like the photograph you show.

    Then you stake a point at the farthest point where you are likely to pay attention to the “tardis”.

    Then you stretch a rope from your perspective point to the left end of the diagonal and past it (in a straight line) to the property line (or required setback). Stretch another rope from that stake to the right end of that diagonal and past it to the setback line.

    Now you have mapped out with rope two of the five or six walls of your tardis. Two more are already known, they are the entrance-door and the adjacent side visible from the approach path. The other two are the property line, setback line, or wherever you decide to stop.

    When you walk up to it, it looks like it will have a square floor, but really it is a hexagonal floor that has two 90-degree corners, and all but two walls are invisible behind corners from the outside.

    What, you weren’t going to actually build it as a square, were you? A tardis?

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