Monday, October 20, 2014

Dylan Thomas shed celebrations


As we've mentioned before on Shedworking, a pop-up version of Dylan Thomas’ writing shed is on the road and this week it's in London for a week of celebrations of the writer's time in the capital. Events include A Shed of One's Own, a photographic celebration of shed at The Buildings Centre in Store Street, WC1E. The nicely recreated shed will also be there if you fancy a look around (there's a nice piece about its time in Leicester here).

Shedworking factfans will also be interested to discover that while Thomas lived in a flat in Delancey Street in Camden, he wrote in a caravan which was parked at the end of the garden, a kind of trial garden office for his writing shed near the Boathouse in Laugharne (although he found the caravan a bit cold and damp apparently). It's not clear whether it's still in situ but it certainly was as recently as 1983 when a Blue Plaque was set up at the address.


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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Backyard Buildings




I've been chatting recently to Jeanie and David Stiles, known to many of you for their excellent shedlike designs and most recently their latest book Backyard Building which I can't recommend too strongly. Here are some examples from it, above, described by the Stileses themselves.

1.  Irish Garden Shed
We saw this shed while bicycling through the British Isles.  Like most things in Europe, it was built to last for centuries; it was probably used to store farming tools, but it makes a great little space for a garden shed or small office. The original was thatched, but on Long Island, New York we substituted hand-split cedar shakes; the logs are locust, from trees brought down by a hurricane.  We decided to put in a brick floor - the textures of wood & brick complement each other beautifully.  For more information and plans, go to www.stilesdesigns.com

2.  The Perfect Shed has classic, functional proportions (10' x 12') versatile enough to be a guest cottage, playhouse, studio or home office - the relatively square floorspace enables maximum use of the space.  A full set of plans (50 pages) is available at www.stilesdesigns.com

3.  The A-Frame (designed by Deek Diedricksen) is compact, affordable, and quick & easy to build.  With recycled materials, you could build this tiny house for less than $1,000.  The basic design can be customised, enlarged & altered in countless ways - for example, to include more space, a larger loft, add an extension or even a bathroom.  Details, ideas & inspiration and comprehensive plans at www.stilesdesigns.com

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Composers' rooms


Composers' rooms is a great series on BBC Radio 3 which interviews composers about the rooms in which they work (Mozart, Mahler, Britten, and Grieg are among the many other bighitters already featured on Shedworking). Naturally, some of them do this in garden offices such as Sir Harrison Birtwistle (pictured above) Roxanna Panufnik, Rolf Wallin and Robin Holloway (a snippet of which is below). There are other soundclouds from the show here --------------------------------------------------------------------
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Thursday, October 09, 2014

Roomworks' Podlets


The interesting new garden office - 'Portable micro-rooms for work and play' - which Roomworks has unveiled at this year's Grand Designs Live show in Birmingham. More details shortly. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Shedworking in the Netherlands




The Bussum Garden Studio by Serge Schoemaker Architects is a rather lovely garden office which doubles as guest accommodation. Completely clad in 2,000 black-varnished red cedar shingles, it also has an attractive transparent corner and built-in desk. The interior on the other hand is transparent white-lacquered birch plywood. According to the architects: "The lightness of the material creates a calming atmosphere and its restrained, continuous finish emphasises the sculptural quality of the space."
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Monday, October 06, 2014

Sheds and working from home: latest report


A new report from Lloyds Bank Insurance (who interviewed 2,000 UK adult homeowners) reveals some interesting statistics.

For example, 28 per cent now have a home office but did not in the home in which they grew up ( nearly half had a pantry in their childhood home, but not in their current one too, though not sure this is related), while 20 per cent no longer have a shed or greenhouse despite enjoying these shedlike joys as a junior. Around 27 per cent even remember having an 'outhouse', not something that now features on their present floorplan.

On the other hand, seven per cent of people said they had a study/home office in their childhood home but do not have one where they live now. Make of that what you will.

The study shows that we spend an average of £368 a year on our study/home office, and it is worth an average of £3,083.

Professor Barrie Gunter, author of ‘Psychology of the Home’ and Professor of Mass Communications, Leicester University, said: "Modern day homes have changed to reflect changing lifestyles. In their early adult life people are making greater commitments to their careers and delaying settling down and having their own families. More are working from home, so it is not only the place where they live but becoming more integrated with their working lives. Where they live must not only cater to their needs for shelter, security and comfort, but also provide a space that serves as an effective working environment." --------------------------------------------------------------------
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Thursday, October 02, 2014

The Garden Office on Channel 4


Last year The Garden Office featured on season two of Sarah Beeny’s home improvement show Double Your House for Half the Money. They were on again last night in the new season three, putting together a garden office for Birmingham-based Paul and Andrea (a 3.8m  x 3.6m model with western red cedar cladding, decking and a contemporary slatted side cheek, with a 2.4m graphite sliding door set and corner window).

"We intend to use the lovely garden building as an office," said Paul. "As we have one daughter and another baby on the way, space and peace and quiet is running low in the home! The garden office provides myself or Andrea with some much sought after serenity to conduct business/personal affairs. I am also fighting the urge to put a beer fridge in the corner..."

The Garden Office is also currently offering a £200 discount to all visitors to its all-weather purpose built indoor showroom, which features an extensive range of different garden buildings. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pink sheds: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

View Original Version here (via Easy Shed) Easyshed are raising awareness and funds to support Breast Cancer Care. Firstly they are donating £200 directly to the charity, but they are also running a ‘Pink Shed’ campaign and aim to get a picture they have created of a pink shed shared 10,000 times on Facebook. If they achieve this they will create a new pink shed range, available for the public to buy directly from their website. "We feel this is a brilliant way of raising awareness," says Matt from easyshed, "and helps the shed market branch out because sheds shouldn’t just be for men! More details at their site here. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Monday, September 29, 2014

George Clarke's shed

George Clarke - who has been doing so much in recent years for shedlike structures on his Amazing Spaces and Shed of the Year programmes on Channel 4 - has been shedsharing on the Instagram. Hat tip to Uncle Wilco. --------------------------------------------------------------------
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