Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Workplace Trends Conference 2017: Wellbeing & Productivity


Though not specifically for shedworkers, the Workplace Trends Conference always has sessions of interest to all those with garden offices (or who work remotely) and the concept of shedworking is often raised. This year the conference is focusing on wellbeing and productivity with various presentations from expert folk, plus good networking opportunities. Among the sessions are:

* Re-Thinking Nature for the Workplace - a look at how we can ‘learn from nature’ to come up with hi and low-tech solutions for workplaces

* Oliver Heath on Biophilic Design – how to improve our connection with nature in the workplace

* Friend of Shedworking Nigel Oseland on Creating Environments for Collaboration, Creativity and Concentration

And another FoS, Su Butcher from Just Practising, will be live tweeting the whole thing at #wtrends

It's all happening at Kings Place in London, on March 22 from 10am to 5.30pm. Click here for details. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Monday, January 23, 2017

Wikkelhouse: Garden office made out of recycled cardboard



The Wikkelhouse (from the Dutch for 'wrapping') comes from Amsterdam-based Fiction Factory and is made from virgin fiber paperboard, dozens of layers of recycled corrugated cardboard which are wrapped around special moulds. On top of this is a shell of wooden slats. It's strong, it's long-lasting, and it doesn't get soggy if it drizzles. There's a modular element too so it's easy to adjust the size - the smaller versions are specifically targeted at the garden office and shedworking market, but larger ones can incorporate kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms for tiny living.


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Friday, January 20, 2017

Shed Box of Delights: Concrete dovecote/children's playhouse


This week's little beauty is a former concrete dovecote repurposed by AZO Sequeira Arquitectos Associados into a playhouse for children. More photos at the link. --------------------------------------------------------
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

A guide to garden office wall thickness


 Hard on the heels of this guide to garden office timber, comes a similar brief look at the importance of wall thickness and how much you need from Garden Life Cabins. It looks at five options
  • 19mm - 28mm thick
  • 34mm - 44mm
  • 70mm thick
  • 44mm + and 70mm + (customisable)
  • Quick Fit (18mm + frame)
Here's a snippet:
The basic rule with wall thickness is the thicker the timber, the better the insulation and durability. So, a year-round garden office generally needs thicker logs than a summer house you’ll use only in high summer. Please note that insulation and heat loss are not only dependent on the thickness of the walls: windows make a difference too.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

ABC Cinema shed

Abc Cinema - Pub/Entertainment from garden #shedoftheyear This remarkable build by Anderson 'Andy' Jones must be an early frontrunner for shed of the year 2017. A recreation of a typical 1970s/80s cinema, it has original seats, signings, foyer, and display boards as well as a traditional 35mm projector. Up to 34 people can watch films inside the 'cinema' which took Andy more than four years to build. More photos and details at readersheds.co.uk and there's a nice piece about it on Movieweb. ----------------------------------------------------
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Visible Shed - composting lavatory


For a long time back in the 2008s we ran a weekly series looking at outhouse sheds. We're not bringing that back a la Shed Box of Delights, but we do keep an eye out for interesting shedlike structures. Here is a lovely one from Invisible Studio, a timber lavatory for their Visible Studio which we've featured before here. Its a composting one built from "waste or scavenged" material, cost nothing and they say has no environmental impact. You can see other clever timber shelters from them here. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Monday, January 16, 2017

Pop-up retail sheds


An intriguing article in Mlive by Lynne Moore about new shopping plans for Muskegon, Michigan, where plans are in place to use nine sheds as temporary retail units in vacant lots later this spring and hopefully at holiday times, such as Christmas. According to the story "The portable sheds could be incubators for retailers looking to establish more permanent sites downtown... Tenants would pay a small fee and would be required to commit to regular business hours. Ideally, the tenants would sell unique, handmade items."

Here's an especially interesting quote from city Manager Frank Peterson:
"The goal isn't to make money on those. The goal is to get people in there five, six days a week. They'd have to commit to being there, especially during the peak season."

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Box of Delights: John Jones, 18th century shedworker


For this week's Box of Delights, we bring you the historic octagonal garden office in South Salem, New Jersey, built by lawyer John Jones in 1735. Brick built (Flemish bond), it claims to be the oldest surviving law office in the United States. Inside there is just one room which has a vaulted ceiling.
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Inside Roald Dahl's Writing Hut - the book


If you like Roald Dahl's writing hut, then this is the paperback book for you. Produced by the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden (just round the corner from Shedworking HQ), it is a 95-page breezy look at the building and history of the hut and how Dahl very much put his personal imprint on it. And at only £4 it's a snip.

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