After almost two weeks back in our shed home, we’ve brought it to a state where we can live comfortably in it as well as store our things while we’re away. Although we love our nomadic lifestyle, it’s wonderful to have a base camp — somewhere familiar where the girls can be reunited with treasured toys and David and I can just chill out.

This is what our shed looks like now as our base camp. It’s a huge warehouse, and when out of the country, we park our truck and trailer inside. So we’ve laid down a hodge-podge of floorcoverings that cover the concrete but can easily be rolled up to bring the vehicles inside.

We have taken all David’s tools up to the large mezzanine floor and have begun bringing down some of our household possessions to make the shed more “home-like”. We’ve been spending a lot of time re-thinking bed-spaces and are experimenting by sleeping ourselves and the girls in multifunctional areas.

Our shed home — base camp in Queensland, September 2011
This is the ultimate in open-plan living — we have plenty of room to ride bikes inside!

Our shed home — base camp in Queensland, September 2011
The far corner of the shed is our toy corner, and where David and I sleep. We open up the sofa-bed each night (after packing away any toys still laying about).

Our shed home — base camp in Queensland, September 2011
We use part of the space underneath the small mezzanine floor as storage, another level as a sleeping and playing space for the girls, and the top floor as storage.

Our shed home — base camp in Queensland, September 2011
We call this the "Clothes Corner". It holds our garments when we're not travelling. When we're ready to hit the road, we'll simply pack up the relevant baskets into the back of the truck and drive away.

We keep our camping toilet and the potty behind the privacy screen in the Clothes Corner. The house has a bathroom with an exterior door, so we have access to that, but sometimes it’s nice to use an “ensuite” — particularly in the middle of the night!

Our shed home — base camp in Queensland, September 2011
The storage boxes up the top of the small mezzanine represent the usual detritus of life that is really unnecessary but I can't bear to get rid of — yet.

Our shed home — base camp in Queensland, September 2011
Another corner is our electric-kitchen set-up. This complements the camp-kitchen we keep in the trailer.

We’re pleased to have set up our base camp. Now we can focus on fitting out the truck again (with a new perspective — travelling with less!), and we’d also like to have some friends over. So if you’re in the area, do pop in!

David and Lauren in our Queensland base camp, September 2011
Here we are! (Aisha took some of the photos in this article, including this one.) We have our trailer parked out the side of the shed — and soon we'll be packing up into it to head off on more adventures!