Friday, February 16, 2007
Jeanette Winterson writes nicely about her garden office/outbuilding in today's edition of The Times. Her piece, Free space for the mind, focuses on her 'shoffice', planning permission and her general enjoyment of her outbuilding. "For me, an outbuilding is an essential part of life," she writes. "I do not care if it is a shed or a caravan, a cabin or a beach hut...There is romance in an outbuilding, perhaps because it is nondomestic space, and perhaps because you can make it your own without being too sensible or practical. If you want state-of-the-art, fine, but anything between a plasma wall and a cave is good. An outbuilding can be very basic or very fancy. It is free space for your mind." Her 'shed' was built by Courtyard Designs. It's a nice article and, like everything she writes, well worth reading.