Monday, February 20, 2017

Where are they now: Tent



In the first of a new irregular series taking a look at the progress of successful shedworkers, we revisit Northumberland-based brand, design and marketing agency Tent who we featured six years ago when Dominic and Sarah first began working in their garden office. Here's what they say about the whole experience:

We’re lucky enough to own our own studio and even luckier that it’s at the bottom of our garden. We built the Shed in January 2011 (well when we say ‘we’ we mean a local team of highly skilled tradesmen!) and it’s proved to be the perfect space for us to be.

Totally on brand (of course!) the shed has quirky and fun features such as astroturf flooring and vintage potting shed paraphernelia. With lots of natural light, peace and quiet and nature all around, it’s a great space for us to work and also for our clients to visit, whether just for a catch up, a business brainstorm or a marketing session.

There’s always fresh coffee (or a selection of teas!) on the go, often the wood burner is cracking away in the corner and sometimes there are even homemade cookies.
Visit Tent's website here.
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Friday, February 10, 2017

Shed Box of Delights: Crossroads Garden Shed


Every year the 'that's not a shed' cry can be heard on the interwebs when the Shed of the Year shortlistees are drawn up. So here's something to be going on with in the meantime which also falls neatly into our recent looks at shipping container sheds.

The Crossroads Garden Shed is part of a 49-acre development in Calgary with a community garden and around 100 raised planter beds. The shed which stores gardening tools and outdoor furniture designed by 5468796 Architecture which suggested the shed would make an ideal gathering space. It's made out of three shipping containers, Cor-Ten steel sheets in hexagonal shapes, and rusted metal mesh which fit together to give it a pavilion vibe.

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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

How to heat your garden office

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Monday, February 06, 2017

Shipping container garden office


East Anglia-based Timberpad design and build bespoke timber buildings and shipping container conversions - all their buildings are bespoke, there is no basic range. Following last week's theme, we're concentrating here on their shipping container office which as they say "looks right at home in any industrial setting until you open the container doors and see the contrast of the clean, contemporary interior".

All the conversions are fully insulated and potential features include glass sliding doors, oak flooring, underfloor heating. And of course it's easily transported. --------------------------------------------------------------------
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Thursday, February 02, 2017

The return of the shipping container garden office - Part 1


Using shipping containers as garden offices was very popular a few years ago and it seems to be on the way back into favour (see here for a recent example in York). An interesting article on the BBC site by Simon Fry - Boxing clever: The firms based in shipping containers - which concentrates largely on the 50 containers that make up Pop Brixton and Boxpark, both in London. Here's a snippet
Each offers start-up businesses a more affordable way to get a roof over their heads, and the opportunity to rub shoulders with other like-minded firms... In 2015, 2.48 million standard-size 40ft (12m) shipping containers arrived in the UK, but only 2.41 million left again, according to official figures from the Department for Transport. The ones that stay are typically retired from service due to wear and tear, and put up for sale. And if you fancy one as a large garden shed, you can pick one up for about £1,100.
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Wednesday, February 01, 2017

How to crane in a beach hut

http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/15027642.WATCH__This_is_how_you_crane_a_giant_beach_hut_into_position/


You can watch a fantastic video of how to crane a beach hut into a tricky position courtesy of the Bournemouth Echo here. It follows the installation of 15 new huts at Bosombe seafront. Each hut - which would make an evocative occasional shedworking space - can actually sleep six, and they all have hot showers, flushing lavatories and galley kitchens, as well as a living area and decking.
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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Garden office piano


A piano-shaped Nordic Noir model from Garden2Office (tapered at the back to fit the garden) for a professional pianist in Mornington Crescent, London. It features a grass roof and two layers of sound-bloc plasterboard with a sandwich of acoustic foam matting. The water butt is an old galvanised steel water tank planted with reeds and lillies. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Monday, January 30, 2017

Wheelless shepherds' huts


If you like the shepherds' hut curved roof vibe but don't actually want a shepherd's hut to work in as a garden office, then it's worth taking a look at this model from The English Shepherds Hut Company via its sister company Timberpad. Because hey don't have a wheeled chassis, there is more flexibility in terms of design possibiliteis. The one above has a 6m x 3m interior and, nice touch, a heated oak floor, the one below is for Norfolk textile specialists Textile Spirit, a workshop studio which needs particularly good storage, generous work space and worktops, and impressive lighting.



At the same time it's cleverly just small enough to avoid full building regulations high jinks and the curved roof also helps with Permitted Development issues.. Elsewhere there is a solid oak floor, double glazed French doors and two very large windows. --------------------------------------------------------------------
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Shedworking in iNews: The unusually creative ways people work from home


Shedworking was happy to help out iNews (the online branch of the 'i' newspaper for which our staff once worked) with this piece about the best places to work at home. Unsurprisingly, we went for garden offices. Also a nice mention for Archie Workman and his canal boat at Gamechanger. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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