My current darkroom is in the basement of a typical period terraced house in the northwest of England. There I share the space with a laundry machine, some stinky mould and a discrete amount of arthropods which keep me company during my darkroom sessions. Despite this, the avalable space is generous. As all darkrooms it can be subdivided in two zones: a dry zone which is dedicated to the preparation of the negatives, the storage of the paper and the enlarger; and a wet zone which is generally a large sink/basin where the print are developed/treated and cleaned in special chemicals.
At the end of August I will move south (of England) for good and sadly there is neither a basement nor a spare room to outfit a darkroom. However, the place has a small garden, in which, after long negotiations with my wife, I can install a garden shed! A common garden shed can be a great darkroom, which essentially is no more than a room which can be made pitch dark. After some planning and sketching I can manage to fit all my equipment (enlarger, dry-mount press, sink…) into a 2.5m x 3m shed.
Being quite handy and with experience in a similar project, I am confident that I can carry out most of the construction work myself to keep costs down as much as possible. I am planning to provide good insulation to the shed in order to be able to work in winter and a good ventilation system indispensable when working with chemicals. However, for other works like water and power supply I will have to ask a technician. The estimated project budget is around £2,500.