Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Garden office designed to fit unusual space


This intriguing double L-shaped office was designed and built by eDEN Garden Rooms down the side of a home in Reigate.

"Our client came to us with a vision to turn the space at the side of their home into a multi-functional office," says Mia Walmsley from eDEN. "The beautiful ceiling-to-wall windows help to punctuate the shape of the garden room, and coupling these with large bi-fold doors ensures that light streams into an otherwise potentially dark room.

"As well as plenty of practical living and working space, we also included integrated storage at the far end of the garden room, which works neatly with the streamlined design, tucking away down the side of the main house. As you can see, although this project is built in relative proximity to this customer’s home, there is still plenty of access space around the garden room itself, which is accentuated by their large social patio area."

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Cressida Cowell's writing shed path


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Thursday, February 08, 2018

Garden office clad in burnt larch



An unusual and lovely exterior from Manchester-based Kabin Company. It's a triple-glazed home office clad in burnt larch with a sedum roof. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Sprout Up: Shedworkers


Sprout Up is a garden design, maintenance and advice service in south London run by former BBC television production manager (including Top Gear and various documentaries) Seonaid Royall. She works in a Garden Affairs flat roof model garden office with double doors and two long windows to the front. There is a nice Q&A with her on the site but here's a snippet to whet your appetite:
What made you decide to choose a garden room for your business?
When I set up my business I wanted to spend time getting to know my clients and their requirements so I could offer exactly what they needed. Expanding fast into an office space with rental fees wasn’t a sensible option. The garden room gave me the flexibility to grow successfully without paying overheads, while staying close to my family.

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Garden office ballet studio



After and before shots above of a build from eDEN Garden Rooms which is being used as a ballet studio, occasional office space and summer guest room. It is built boundary-to-boundary with an additional window on the left side for ventilation. At the front is a decked area with above overhang featuring LED spotlights. Other features include underfloor heating, recess lighting, and full plasterboard and paint finish on the walls as standard.

"By ensuring that lighting is recessed into the ceiling, this means the customer does not compromise on losing any internal height, which is extremely important when being used to practice ballet!" said eDEN spokeswoman Mia Walmsley. "One particularly interesting feature on this garden room is the use of horizontal cedar slatting to the right side of the decking area, which is both an aesthetically pleasing and practical addition. With bi-fold doors, there is the inevitable need for the doors to be stacked on one side when open. Rather than allow them just to ‘hang’, our customer wanted to come up with a quirky design feature to focus the eye away from the stacked doors and to create a stylish finish to the design. The horizontal slatting does just that, and contrasts beautifully with the vertical cladding and decking area, adding a fantastic personal touch to the design."

One of the members of the landscaping team which worked on the garden after the office was finished was so impressed with the build that they ordered an eDEN Garden Room for himself.


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Monday, February 05, 2018

Can I claim tax back on my garden office?


This evergreen question gets another look, this time by Helen Donkin, Director of Smart Spaces (one of their models is picture above). Writing on LinkedIn, she focuses on tax benefits including VAT and corporation tax, business rates and capital gains. Here's a snippet:
Can I offset the cost of my garden building against corporation tax?
As long as your garden building is not subject to planning permission and is considered to be a movable object, you may be able to offset the cost of purchase against corporation tax. All equipment that is bought for use within a business qualifies as capital allowance. And if the equipment qualifies as capital allowance, it can be classified as capital expenditure, which can be deducted from a business’s profits for the purposes of tax.
Well worth a read, though we would always recommend talking to your tax adviser before making any claims.
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Friday, February 02, 2018

Shepherd's hut for Much Ado Books


Much Ado Books in Alfriston, East Sussex, is one of the Shedworking staff's favourite bookshops so we were delighted to learn that they are adding a shedworkingesque element to their business in the form of a shepherd's hut (picture above). The shop is undergoing significant renovations at the moment and the hut will be filled with books. Much Ado is also becoming a Social Enterprise (read more about this on their Prospero's Project site). Here's what they say about one of the new developments:
Currently we are developing a project giving new books to clients of foodbanks. We think it vitally important to reach people who may not be in a position to own books – or even to reach a library – with books they can enjoy. So we’ve been supplying hundreds of books to foodbanks in Hailsham and Eastbourne, and hope to expand the number of foodbanks we work with – we recently began working with a foodbank in Newhaven. We are also working with local schools, including the Ringmer Academy. From helping supply books for their libraries to printing projects with the students, we hope to share the pleasures of reading.

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Amazon's Spheres garden office


As garden offies go, Amazon's Spheres project is quite something. An open-plan workplace for the company's employees in Seattle, it's inspired by conservatories such as those in Kew Gardens and has more than 40,000 individual plants, and over 300 plant species from more than 50 countries. The complex of three connected domes - which look a little like the Eden Project's main buildings - includes treehouse meeting rooms, river and waterfall features, and a four-story living wall.

“Our goal with The Spheres was to create a unique gathering place where employees could collaborate and innovate together, and where the Seattle community could gather to experience biodiversity in the center of the city,” said Vice President of Global Real Estate and Facilities, John Schoettler.

The largest dome is 27m tall and 39 metres in diameter.

Photos: Seattle City Council

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Zing Marketing: Shedworkers


A really nice video from Green Retreats focusing on Zing marketing, communications and digital specialists which uses one of their 7m x 3.5m Expression garden rooms as an office in a really quite idyllic woodland setting, not far from Shedworking HQ in sunny Hemel Hempstead.