Saturday, June 06, 2009

Help to design the new Shedworking HQ

It has been suggested that we run a competition inviting readers of Shedworking to design a new HQ for the Shedworking empire. So here goes...

The rules are:
1) It must be big enough for a freelance journalist to work in, as well as storing lots of books, a cider press and some boxes of stuff which should really be in the house
2) It should be reasonably eco-friendly
3) It should be unique (see the Heath Robinson inspiration above)
4) Entries must be received by the end of June-ish

Please be as imaginative as you like. It doesn't matter if you are a designer or not, I'll put up all the suggestions emailed to me (or if you put it up on your blog, I'll link to it that way). If sketching a design is not your thing, do feel free to simply send me a description in words. Have fun! (just to clarify, there's no actual prize to be won, it's solely the Olympian joy of competing)

12 comments:

  1. You know I'm all over it Alex!

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  2. OK... a couple questions:

    - Any height, width restrictions we need to know about?
    - How big is the cider press?
    - Any other furniture we should account for?

    -Michael

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  3. Height - there are building regulations to consider, but as long as it's not excessively tall, that should be ok. I'm 6ft tall. No width restrictions

    Cider press - it's quite small, say the size of 15 coffee table books stacked up. I used it more as an illustration of the bits of clutter I also have in the garden office

    Furniture - just the normal stuff for an office, though if there could be somewhere to store actual gardening equipment, that would be smashing

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  4. So, what exactly qualifies as a shed? Is it more suitability to its purpose or more about size? Must it be portable?

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  5. It's both really, I suppose: small enough to be fairly discreet, but large enough to be useful as a garden office. It doesn't have to be portable.

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  6. What is the date by which the design have to be entered?

    Wonderful, fun idea BTW.

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  7. Very good point Matt. Let's say end of June. I'll amend the post

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  8. Also, what's the budget we're
    looking at to work with :)

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  9. Re. budget, I wouldn't worry too much about that. If you're planning a realistic garden office, then something reasonable, but by all means go for something horribly over the top that costs a fortune

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  10. Anonymous3:24 PM

    The planning constraint is 4m which is about 13 feet in old money

    As for the size the main consideration is as long as its not more than 50% of the garden... Being a journo i am guessing you earn a bomb (read paid a bomb even if you dont really earn it... :) ) so you probably ahve a sizable garden, which means a 3m x 4m 'shed' would be acceptable.

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  11. Yes, I am paid quite absurd amounts of money as a journalist (a profession well known for its high earning capacity) which helps with my international jetset lifestyle and live in a palatial setup so size is no object.

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