Thursday, August 28, 2014

Shedworking in America


An excellent piece by Ann Handley looks at the prospective joys of garden offices in America. Here's a snippet:
"Inside, there’s a rich red-oak floor that reminds me of what I imagine the inside of a bourbon barrel might look like. The walls are still rough for now, because (as my artist-son Evan says), you have to work in a studio for a while before you recognize what you need it to give you."
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Candida Lycett Green: friend of Shedworking

As you'll have guessed by the lack of recent posts, the Shedworking staff has been on holiday. So we were particularly sad to return to the news that the author, television presenter and general allround good egg Candida Lycett Green (who was also the daughter of poet John Betjeman) died last week at the far too early age of 71. Candida regularly got in touch when she saw intriguing shedlike atmospheres and was very supportive when the garden at Shedworking HQ was badly flooded last summer. She will be much missed. -----------------------------------------------------
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Friday, August 01, 2014

A hut on the street




A shedlike meeting room from Japanese architect Tsubasa Iwahashi which is actually a communal space where people can relax rather than hanging around in their 'normal' offices, although it is also used as a meeting room. --------------------------------------------------------
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Dovecote Studio





Dovecote Studio, Haworth Tompkins's build on the Snape Maltings campus in Suffolk, has a won a roomful of awards for its loveliness. Built into the ruined dovecoate on site, the shedworking atmosphere for artists and musicians was craned in. Among the many delights is the mezzanine platform with a writing desk and window looking out over the marshes towards the sea.  Here's what they say about it:
"Only the minimum necessary brickwork repairs were carried out to stabilise the existing ruin prior to the new structure being inserted. Decaying existing windows were left alone and vegetation growing over the dovecote was protected to allow it to continue a natural process of ageing and decay. The interior walls and ceiling of the space are lined with spruce plywood to create a timber 'box' within the Cor-ten shell."
Lots more excellent photos at their site.
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

How sheds explain modern Russian life


A remarkable essay by Vitaly Kurennoj at the Calvert Journal which shows how in Russia "sheds and garages are more than just a handy storage space, they're a way of life". It's not the kind of garden office shedworking we normally showcase but it's a fascinating read with excellent photos. Here's a snippet:
"The garage is a huge fragment of Soviet culture that has survived in the modern-day Russian city. It is the most important element of a so-called dispersed way of life. Like the dacha, the garage divided the household between several living quarters. Simon Kordonsky,  the academic who introduced this concept of the dispersed way of life, sees the garage and the dacha as secret storage spaces, places where you can accumulate different supplies to guard yourself against any possible government repressions."
Well worth a browse. Photo: Vitaly Kurennoj. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Poetry cabin

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Shed of the Year on television tonight


First one tonight at 8pm on Channel 4, then next two Thursdays. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Garden offices add value to your property


Nice piece in the Daily Telegraph by Caroline McGhie argues - quite rightly - that not only is working from home an excellent idea, but that it also adds value to your home if you come to sell it (the figure often quoted rather vaguely is 5% and there's nothing more concrete here although there are a couple of examples of loft extensions). Although it looks at homeworking in general, there's plenty about shedworking in there too. Here's a snippet:
"So home offices are popping up in gardens and extensions all over the country. In London, where prices are sky-high and space is short, workspace adds to value and buyer-appeal... Home offices also make a house more flexible to changing family needs, known as “future-proofing”. They can be converted into granny flats or homes for boomerang children when the time comes"
Well worth a browse - it also includes a couple of galleries featuring marvellous garden offices and properties for sale with garden offices including Rose Cottage in Deal, Kent, pictured above, on with Bright & Bright for £385,000. ----------------------------------------------------
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tunsta: garden office + storage


Over the last few years, garden offices seem to have come increasingly frequently with traditional storage areas. Indeed, Garden2office has just introduced a new model, the Tunsta, to join its Sportskabin range. The buildings are an L-shape with the smaller 'leg' specifically set aside to be an insulated storage area. Almost any size and window lay-out can be made to order and fully installed models will cost from around £16,000. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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