Saturday, October 21, 2017

Arctic Cabins: Christmas advert


The annual John Lewis/M&S/ Sainsbury's Christmas ads have become something of a festive tradition so we're delighted to see that Arctic Cabins is striking a blow for the garden room market by releasing their own. 


Here's what they say:
"Sorry to mention Christmas when it is only October, but we have to let you know that we are fast running out of installation dates for this year. With several teams out fitting daily we now have just 30 places available for installation before Christmas. If you would like to secure one of those places please give us a call or drop us an email urgently. You and your family could wake up to this amazing piece of Christmas on December 25th."


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Friday, October 20, 2017

Tripod garden office


If you're looking for an unusually-shaped garden office, the Tripod from Woodwork Designs run by furniture designer and builder Barry Feldman could be just the thing. It's made from six triangualar panels which can be transported and erected on site


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Roald Dahl on his writing shed (plus sausages and snooker)

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Which city is the UK’s shed capital?


Peterborough appears to be the shed capital of the UK according to garden building specialists GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk who have compiled the top 20 cities in the UK for shed ownership.

A survey of their customer base indicates that Peterborough has more sheds than any other city, with almost half a shed per person on average. Norwich came in second with an average ownership level of 33% i.e. every third person in the city has a shed.

A spokesperson for GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk said: “Sheds can be an underappreciated part of the home, so we thought it’s time to celebrate them by seeing which town loves them the most. Perhaps unsurprisingly, rural parts of the country provided the highest figures for shed ownership, as having that extra outdoors space affords you the room for more gardening equipment. Usually we expect to see the major cities like London and Birmingham leading the way, but with less garden space compared to rural areas a shed might be too much of a luxury."

The top 20 cities of shed ownership


Position
City
Shed Ownership Per Person
1
Peterborough
41%
2
Norwich
33%
3
Cambridge
24%
4
Southampton
24%
5
Nottingham
23%
6
Bristol
23%
7
Colchester
18%
8
Swindon
18%
9
Northampton
17%
10
Lincoln
16%
11
Reading
16%
12
Leicester
15%
13
Derby
14%
14
Milton Keynes
13%
15
Manchester
12%
16
Sheffield
8%
17
London
8%
18
Glasgow
7%
19
Leeds
6%
20
Birmingham
6%

A sketch of Virginia Woolf's writing shed

A sketch of Dylan Thomas’s writing shed in Laugharne

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Christi Daugherty: Shedworker

Christi (CJ) Daugherty, beststelling author of Night School and The Echo Killing, has just joined the growing ranks of shedworkers.

Raise high the roof beam, carpenters! #writingshed #goingup

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In praise of log cabins



This is a guest post by Vicky Fisher of Wonkee Donkee Forest Garden

Watching bits of our neighbour’s shed roof whistle over our fence at the height of Tropical Storm Ophelia, I couldn’t help feeling: a) glad I don’t work in a treehouse like the trendy folk at Microsoft (see Alex’s post from Monday), and b) just a little bit smug that our own wooden garden building didn’t lose so much as a splinter.

That’s because when I started working part-time from home and needed my own space, we plumped for a log cabin instead of one of the more fashionable garden offices that seem to be springing up all over the place.


What’s so great about log cabins? Well, they may not come with their own compost toilets, built-in filing cabinets or cup-holders for your skinny lattes, but they are solid, comfortable, and macho enough to see off any storm. There are lots of different types out there, too – from traditional chalets that look like skiing lodges, to cool modern designs ideal for the aspiring executive.

I wouldn’t go for just any cabin though. Some aren’t much better than sheds. The most important criteria in my opinion are:
Walls – The thicker the better. Our cabin, the Melbury, has 44mm thick walls made from kiln dried timber, which apparently is the best kind as it’s less likely to warp.
Roof – Unlike our neighbour’s shed, the roof on our cabin is almost 8 inches thick, so is unlikely to go anywhere in a hurry.
Floor – Go for a good solid one. It’s tempting to skimp on this to save money, but a thin floor doesn’t provide much insulation and can allow damp to spread up from the ground. Our cabin’s floor is 28mm thick and feels nice and solid, great for pacing around while waiting for inspiration to strike.
Windows – Natural light is really important to me, so we picked a cabin with particularly large windows and glass doors. And as I was intending to work out there all year round, double glazing was a must.

I love my log cabin. Most of all, I enjoy the underlying woody fragrance that wafts around the room while I’m working – I’m sure it makes me just as creative as the Microsoft crowd, but without having to spend millions of dollars. Not that I’m jealous…

Now you’ll have to excuse me, but I need to go and help my neighbour retrieve the rest of his shed roof. Without looking too smug, of course.
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Henhouse converted into garden office



An  unusual conversion with pine interior cladding in the back garden of a Berlin home by Büros für Konstruktivismus. The original Hühnerhaus dates back to the late 1940s. Photos by Martin Eberle and more information (plus images) from the architects Sandra Bartoli and Silvan Linden at dezeen.  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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