Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Brid from Gillies & Mackay


You've got just under a week to get your hands on The Brid, the latest model from Perthshire-based  Gillies & Mackay which is only available until July 31. According to the company - whose positive motto is 'the best sheds in the world' (it's certainly the jolliest garden office website out there - look out for their useful videos on YouTube presented by their effervescent MD Cara Mackay). The Brid is "a prototype for a new business and is brought to you as a one off production. The price of The Brid is an introductory price and will not be on the market at this cost at re-release". 

At this stage it comes in two sizes, an 8' x 8' called The Wee ("perfect for one human and maybe one small sized obnoxious cat") and The Bonny ("perfect for one human and a medium sized dosey Lab, or two humans"). Features include a verandah with canopy, weatherboard profile Larch cladding and Ecotherm insulation, with options such as underfloor heating. Especially good for those in Scotland considering going down the shedworking path, though the company has plans to expand into England and further afield.

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    Monday, July 24, 2017

    George Bernard Shaw's writing shed




    The Shedworking staff made its annual summer pilgrimage to Shaw's Corner at the weekend and especially to George Bernard Shaw's writing hut. We're pleased to say it still looks in decent condition - maybe a little mossier on the roof - although we're once again wondering why visitors are not allowed inside... --------------------------------------------------------------------
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    Friday, July 21, 2017

    Garden offices add value to your property


    The new Strutt & Parker Housing Futures survey of around 2,000 people shows that the most desired garden feature is a walled garden. But just behind it is a garden office and similar shedlike structures.

    With moving house becoming more expensive and people spending longer in homes between moves, there’s a feeling that homeowners want to create something in their house that’s for them, not just to increase its value," said Stephanie McMahon, Head of Research at Strutt & Parker. "For people looking to make use of their garden all year round, extending the interior space into the garden is highly desirable -whether in the form of new weather-proof buildings or taking key items from inside and adapting them for your garden.

    "While swimming pools and hot tubs don’t represent good value or a sound investment, outside buildings like summer houses, pergolas and garden offices do. These can actually add value to your home, by boosting the floor space of a property and providing useful and versatile spaces that are huge selling features when done properly. These spaces aren’t like the conservatories of old, which basically just extended the inside living space. Summer houses and pergolas help people to create own little enclaves. These separate spaces allow people to go a bit crazy with their design as well as they’re not being used all the time.”

    And she also pointed out that as people move to more flexible working, they’re spending more time in the home office.

    "Now, a laptop at the dining table just doesn’t cut it for many," said Stephanie. "What they want is their own personal office space, mixing wifi with wildlife. Around a third of workers in rural areas do so from home, compared to just 12% in urban areas."

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    Thursday, July 20, 2017

    Living Hut by Plankbridge

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    Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    Business & Pleasure at RHS Tatton

    Continuing from today's earlier post, here is Jake Curley's Business & Pleasure garden which is not only a Gold winner but also:
    inspired by New York's rooftops and the High Line. Designed as a functional office space in a natural setting, the garden aims to enhance creativity and happiness throughout the working day. A long meeting table looks out over spectacular views, illustrating the juxtaposition of the space and its use.
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    Studio Unwired at RHS Tatton

    We did a preview last week of the garden offices at RHS Tatton and the first images of them in place are now coming through. Here is Ula Maria Bujauskaite's Studio Unwired which has deservedly won a Gold and the Best Young Designer. More winners later today. A reminder of what the RHS Young Designer of the Year competition is all about
    Our three young designer finalists will create their very first RHS Show Garden. Each will be judged for an RHS medal but only one will be crowned the RHS Young Designer 2017. This year the finalists have been asked to create a garden office – inspired by the idea of using gardens as a workspace, whether as a practical or quiet space, a place to hold meetings or a space within an urban setting.


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    Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    How to turn a shed into a studio

    Piano Raft - Workshop/Studio from Liverpool Leeds Canal #shedoftheyear
    For those looking to create or transform a garden shed, interior designers Nicole Salveson and Mary Graham of Salveson Graham have some advice: treat the space like a room in the house. By embracing the particulars of her garden's environment, Nicole's bespoke garden studio at her London home is both practical and beautiful.
     More tips at House & Garden
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    Monday, July 17, 2017

    Pyramid Pod garden office



    A marvellous garden office design from Echo Living run by designer Sam Booth with a very unusual triple pyramid roofing scheme. Built for shedworkers on the Isle of Wight, it also includes a kitchenette, woodburning stove, skylights, large double-glazed doors, and lavatory. The office was craned into the sloping site complete with all fixtures and fittings - it's insulated with sheep wool in walls, floor and ceiling but there is also underfloor heating for added comfort. The whole thing is clade in larch with oak floors and spruce panels inside. --------------------------------------------------------------------
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    Can you deliver a garden office through the house?


    Warwick Buildings answer just this question with the video above with a 2.4m x 3.8m music studio installation with a mono pitched roof. --------------------------------------------------------------------
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