Friday, August 26, 2016

Garden office holidays: Virginia Woolf's Monk's House



As well as visiting Virginia Woolf's garden office courtesy of the National Trust, why not stay there too? You can't actually snooze at her desk, but the next best thing is the studio next to it (built over the Woolfs' garage which was also previously a forge) which not only has cracking views, but allows you exclusive access to the garden when Monk's House is closed to the general public (i.e. first thing at morning and after 5.30pm). Sleeps two. No dogs. Details here. --------------------------------------------------------
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Off grid garden office



Russell Graves has put together an excellent blog post detailing how he has put together his off grid home office. The whole thing is well worth reading but here is a snippet:
A few months ago, I moved to a beautiful rural location in sunny farm country, and I work from home. I do some generic tech work, some battery pack rebuilding, and some teardown/analysis/reverse engineering of various gizmos. A standalone structure gives me space to work that's separate from the house.  This is important to me for several reasons:
  • If I share work and home space, I have a very hard time separating work from "not-work."  I've learned this lesson in the past, and don't care to repeat it.
  • I prefer quiet spaces, suited to concentration, for working.  A house with a wife and kid isn't this.  On other occasions, aggressive symphonic metal at high volumes is useful.  I've worn headphones for a lot of my working life, and don't want to wear them if I don't have to.
  • Some of my work involves fumes - soldering, spot welding, adhesives, etc.  I don't want these in the house.
  • I play with high energy battery packs.  A 500Wh pack shorting out is very exciting - I want a separate space for this.
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Monday, August 22, 2016

Summer holiday



In the true spirit of Christmas, we've given the staff a couple days off and they've all headed for the beach. See you again on Thursday.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Indoor garden office


"A design commissioned by Atelier Rijksbouwmeester for the Utrecht tax office. This project takes the idea of an indoor garden quite literally: an abundance of green placed inside breathes new life into the office environment. The verdant patios of southern Europe were the inspiration for this concept. Countless terracotta pots filled with plants of all types and sizes adorn specially designed furniture of powder-coated steel reminiscent of what you might find in a park. Here you can get in touch with nature without even having to leave the building."
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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Reading huts





Westgarth Primary School in Marske-on-Sea near Redcar has four Reading Huts near the Year 3/4 yard, and Year 5/6 yard. They are named after authors Roald Dahl, Michael Morpurgo, JK Rowling and Dick King Smith. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

What colour should you paint your garden office?


Once upon a time, most garden offices were painted green but nowadays they are pretty much any colour (including a vogue for black for a long time). The fine folk at Cuprinol have been posting on Twitter and showing sheds with specific colour designs which is very helpful if you're wondering which way to go. Here are a couple below: ----------------------------------------------------
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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

New Tiny House cabin build in Shepperton (video)


A jolly video, but don't have your volume up too high... -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Monday, August 15, 2016

Garden office by iDraw Architecture

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Friday, August 12, 2016

A guide to garden office wood


An interesting post on the blog of garden office specialist Spacetwo takes a quick look at the different kinds of wood used in the making of wooden workplaces. Here's a snippet:
CEDAR:
PROS: Cedar is a knotty softwood which has a red-brown color with light streaks which gives it a beautiful and distinctive appearance. Over time it weathers to a natural Silvery Grey. Due to its tight ring growth and very high resin content it means that it is one of the most durable woods available. It is also very resistant to insects, which makes it an excellent choice for external uses like cladding.
CONS: Cedar is a desirable wood for building which makes it expensive so if using it for a large area it will increase your budget considerably. Because of its strong Red appearance it doesn’t make it the perfect choice if you want a painted finish because it is mahogany colour is hard to cover.
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