Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Improbable Libraries

A video clip of me talking about my new book Improbable Libraries on the BBC flagship news programme Today earlier this morning. The book is officially published on April 6 and features a shed library (as well as elephant ones, bike ones, undergound ones and many more).

Monday, March 23, 2015

Design a shed for the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

An exciting new feature called ‘Garden Hideaways’ will be established at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2015, 22-26 July. It’s all about turning a shed into a beautiful and innovatively decorated hideaway.

"We give you a 6x4ft Shed," says Isobel Coulter, Assistant Show Manager. "You have ultimate creative power to transform the shed into a wondrous creation that no gardener has ever seen before.  The sheds should be designed as a haven at the bottom of your garden for sanctuary and creativity, a place that showcases your passions and interests.

"All designs must link in some way to gardening so that means there must be plants involved either in, around or all over your shed. You get to keep the shed afterwards or you can donate it to the RHS to find it a suitable home in the local community."

You can download an application form here and the factsheet is below.
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Monday, March 09, 2015

Garden office pod build (video)

A nice video from Garden Fortress featuring a build in Banstead, Surrey. Also a great soundtrack. Lots of similar ones on their YouTube page. --------------------------------------------------------------------
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Thursday, March 05, 2015

Rural homeworking: latest figures

According to the latest report from Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of the 24.9 million people in work in England in 2013, 3.5 million were homeworkers (those who usually spend at least half of their work time using their home, either within their grounds or in different places or using it as a base).

The highest rate of homeworkers is in rural hamlets and dispersed areas, at 33 per cent, compared with 12 per cent in urban areas. Overall rural areas had a higher rate of homeworking compared with urban areas, says the report - in 2013, there were 994,000 homeworkers in rural areas and 2,490,000 in urban ones.

Between 2006 and 2013, the rate of homeworking increased faster in all rural areas compared with urban ones. The highest increase was in rural hamlets and 'dispersed areas' at 4.7 per cent.

According to the Office for National Statistics, homeworkers are more likely to be working in higher skilled roles and earn on average a higher hourly wage.
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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Garden office: audio dictionary definition (video)

To the point, if unlikely to be nominated for an Oscar.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Bespoke music studio

Built by Tinyhouse UK for a composer near Guildford, it has six inch thick walls providing additional soundproofing and high ceilings. Features include a cedar roof and extrior walls in Waney Edge. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Monday, March 02, 2015

Nuclear bunker garden office


It needs some slight refurbishment, but if you've ever fancied working in a former nuclear bunker, here's the very thing, on with Clive Emson Auctioneers to be sold by public auction on March 23 (guide price £10,000-£15,000).

The bunker is on the Peninsula Way (A228), close to Hoo villae, Rochester, Kent. It is around 7’ x 15’ with access from ground level down a vertical ladder. According to the auctioneers, it was once manned by two or three people (so adequate room for a shedworker) and was one of 1,500 similar underground monitoring posts around the UK build in the 1950s to report a nuclear attack and monitor the fall-out. This one up for sale was a master post which served other local ones nearby and like them was closed down in 1991.
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Vittra School Brotorp: Interior shedworking for children

Rosan Bosch's new design for a school in Stockholm features a variety of interesting learning spaces and what they describe as "small niches for concentration and contemplation" including these marvellous shedlike structures pictured above.
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Perfect Commute: Show Garden for Malvern Spring Festival 2015

Almost certainly the most shedworkingy of this year's show gardens will be The Perfect Commute, designed by Deborah Bird from Beholder's Eye at this year's Malvern Spring Festival. Here's how she described what looks like a must-see garden specially for Shedworking readers:

"The Perfect Commute is being created for a designer who runs a consultancy from their home. They have allocated a space at the end of their garden for their working area. The design is to be imagined as part of a larger space, sectioned off with a low boundary to demarcate the area from the rest of the domestic garden.  It has a sheltered indoor working area in the form of a building being supplied by The Posh Shed Company.  This is mirrored by a sunken seating area for relaxing and meeting clients.  The garden is bounded by Jacksons Venetian fencing, sat on top of steel gabions which will be backed with natural materials.

"A focal point of the design will be a metalwork sculpture by Paul Margetts, a sculptor from Worcestershire. This piece is called ‘Focus’ and will be positioned in a raised bed and surrounded by multi-stem birch trees and soft planting. Throughout the design, planting has been chosen for year-round structure with an emphasis on spring/summer flowering specimens for the show.

"The design was inspired by a desire to minimize the daily commute, an escape from rush hour queues and the encasement of fluorescently lit office blocks. (Truth be told, it’s me building my own personal fantasy)."

Inspiration for some of the design elements is detailed on a Pinterest page set up by Deborah and she will be writing a blog during the build and run up to the show.  The garden also has a twitter page @perfect_commute

I know there are many of you who like a full breakdown of garden details so here it is:

Deborah Bird, Beholder's Eye, Birmingham, 07931 728 007, beholders_eye@outlook.com
Diploma in Garden Design (Pickard School of Garden Design) | MA in Garden Design (Staffordshire University)
Previous awards: 2 x Bronze Medals at Malvern Autumns Shows; 2 x Silver Medals at Malvern Spring Shows and one ‘Best Border in Show’

The Posh Shed Company, Eardisland, Herefordshire
Paul Margetts Sculpture and Metal-Work, Belbroughton, Worcestershire
Jacksons Fencing, Ashford, Kent
Nature First, Down Hatherley, Gloucester