Saturday, July 31, 2010

Famous sheds of history tea towel

By Simon Drew. Available at Sugarbowl Gifts.


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Friday, July 30, 2010

How shedworking brings you closer to nature...

Working from a garden office, one realises there is more to insect world than flys+bees. There are strange creatures, all shapes, they bite.less than a minute ago via web




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Shedworking in the Evening Standard


ES Homes and Property
28 Jul 2010
The Shedworking book (and this site) got a nice write-up in London's Evening Standard. Click the image to read the article in their e-newspaper version.




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His and hers shedworking

A nice example of dual shedworking from Cabin Living whose Aylesbury log cabin model is being used by a couple who work from home some of the time in the Argyll forest in the west of Scotland. This garden office gives them two separate spaces as you can see from the top photo.


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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Blueprint Home Offices: a wide range of shedworkers

If you still need convincing about the range of jobs which you can do in a garden office, Sussex-based Blueprint Home Offices has an impressive list of satisfied shedworkers which is well worth a browse. These include writer Vitali Vitaliev; Su Jones (who works with three other people in her garden office); Philip and Sarah who run a recruitment business, based in London; Kirsten Dhar, who has a medical clinic in the garden of her north west London home; Mike Kyne (whose garden office is pictured above), owner of a Medical Import and Distribution Company; Michael Cox, who runs a speciality spectacle lenses business; and Colin Russell, a lawyer working in the local community in Surrey. And here's what Vitaliev says about shedworking:
You know what's the most difficult thing about being a writer? It is getting up every morning, trudging to your desk and forcing yourself to write (all writers hate the process of putting words to paper). With the garden office, however, I don't have to force myself any longer. On the contrary, I look forward to getting there and writing. Quite unbelievable. In a way, you've helped me overcome one of the main obstacles in my work for which I am eternally grateful.


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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Battersea Courtyard Office

A rather interesting feasibility study by Shape Architecture at the end of a London mews hidden behind a garden wall. Here's how they describe it:
A lightweight glazed canopy structure sits on the other side of the garden gate linking the new office with an existing office. Leading off the glazed entrance area is a courtyard garden. The composition of the building is defined by its key views from the neighbouring houses and realised as a sedum roof with various planted spaces around it. Beneath which a simple office building sits.


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Shed gym

The Shed Gym from Feix & Merlin is under construction for a client's Grade II listed Georgian Town House in Kennington, London. It has a partly open timber-clad deck which slides to provide access to the gym area - click the image above to see it move (opens in a different window). The exterior is clad in black mirror finish stainless steel or as they put it "a black pearl nestled underneath the dense cover of the existing vegetation of the garden". Feix & Merlin were also responsible for one of the most intriguing of the Bathing Beauties beach huts project, Eyes Wide sHut.


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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Elektron: luxury duplexes with designer sheds

The Elektron is a 25-storey Barratt development close to Canary Wharf in London Docklands with hundreds of one and two-bedroom apartments, rooftop turbines and solar energy collectors. It also has two luxury duplexes on the 20th and 21st floors with cracking views of the Thames and the city and, best of all, large terraces with what Barratt call "a designer shed".


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Castles Carey

Castles Carey is run by Jeffrey Carey, ex Queens Dragoon Guard, Cliveden marketing director and picture framer. Their specialism is treehouse structures such as the shedlike atmosphere above, an 8ft square summerhouse raised off the ground 9ft with a balcony all the way round, clay tile roof and two sleeping platforms. They also offer specific garden office designs too such as the one below.


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Monday, July 26, 2010

Natasha Solomons: shedworker

Writer Natasha Solomons is a shedworker whose successful first novel is Mr Rosenblum’s List or Friendly Guidance for the Aspiring Englishman (in the US it’s Mr Rosenblum Dreams in English). Here's what she says about her Dorset garden office:
From the moment when the first daffodils appear, I can be found in the summerhouse at the bottom of the garden. It has no electricity and I listen to a wind-up radio for entertainment – but this is my favourite place to write. My closest neighbour is a rather bumptious pheasant who comes to sit on the step and check up on me.
And as this post reveals, she also has an interest in shepherds' huts.


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Free Life Center

Free Life Center at Gallery Hijinks from Gallery Hijinks on Vimeo.

The Free Life Center is a handmade shedlike touring art installation by Seth Neefus and Mark Warren Jacques. Built out of reclaimed and salvaged materials, the tour runs from Vancouver to LA and at each stop Seth and Mark showcase their own work and curate performances of music, dance, skateboard jams and general artistic endeavour. Here's what they say:
Within the building viewers are encouraged to explore every nook and cranny; finding that each element (painting, drawing, video projection, sound, performance) has been considered as a part of the construction and experience in whole. From the structure itself, to the art, inspiration, and experimental bliss of their newest project, Mark and Seth hope to spread ideas that inspire a more healthy, happy, and creative free life.
The structure is 10ft X 15ft X 10ft with a 25 person capacity but because it's modular it can also be shrunk to 5ft X 7ft. They also have a rather natty ezine here and future tour dates here.


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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Children need sheds too - Spindle Cottage

Spindle Cottage is a rather lovely self catering Holiday Cottage on the Mendip Hills which also opens as part of the National Gardens Scheme charity. It also features three spectacular children's playsheds as they explain:
First is Ruth’s Cottage, gothic in style with a tiny cast iron stove, wooden table, chairs and a dresser. Tom’s Lodge is an Elizabethan thatch cottage, with a tiny stair case to the upper room. Lastly you will find Charlotte’s Post Office, a Victorian shop. Filled with fruit and vegetables, cakes and tins, a little cash till and a post box.
Via Malvernmeet on Twitter


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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Speelhuis by Laszlo Balog

The indoor shed Speelhuise by Laszlo Balog for his Famunka label is part of a range of children's wooden furniture.


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Friday, July 23, 2010

Tour of JPN Mobile Disco DJ's' garden office studio (video)


A look behind the scenes at JPN Mobile Disco DJ's' garden office. The service covers the Essex and London regions providing a bespoke music service for schools discos, birthday parties, children's parties, and outdoor events.


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Thursday, July 22, 2010

James McConnachie: shedworker

James McConnachie is the author of The Rough Guide to Sex which Zoe Strimpel in The Observer called “a comprehensive, fearless book, part socio-history and part manual… One of the most refreshing, and valuable, aspects of the book is its feminism”. In an interview with Tanya Enberg in the London Free Press McConnachie, who has also written about Nepal and France, talks about the process of putting the book together. Indeed, Enberg says that: McConnachie spent long hours writing alone in his garden office, which one friend promptly dubbed "the masturbatorium."


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Win a gypsy caravan

Dorset Cereals is running a competition to win one of two rather splendid gypsy caravans made by The Gypsy Caravan Company: you need to buy a pack of their muesli and inside is a code which tells you immediately if you've won (there are lots of other, smaller, prizes too). The main prizes are traditional, hand-built gypsy caravans worth £15,000 known as the Reading style after the town where they were first made. The front axle is steerable which means they can be moved around the garden though probably not so great on the road. Click here for more details.


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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Nicky Coutts' shed tower at Tatton Park

We mentioned Nicky Coutts marvellous shed tower at Tatton Park two years ago but recently realised we'd never shown you the whole marvellous design. So, on the 'better late than never' basis, here it is.
Photo by dullhunk


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Atelier underfloor heating offer

Atelier Garden Studios have a nice offer which runs until the end of this month: place an order before July 31 and get a free underfloor heating system for your Atelier structure. The system is designed to fit below Atelier standard engineered Oak flooring but it may be possible to install it with other floor coverings. Click here for more details.


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Urban Pod from bespace

The Urban Pod from Birmingham-based brothers Mark and Neil Warburton who run bespace is currently available at £9.995 + vat. Bespace also have a range of 'garden cubes' built using SIPs and featuring a range of interior finishes including birch plywood panels and recycled rubber flooring. The cladding outside is our old friend Western Red Cedar and optional extras include kitchenettes, shower rooms, cloakrooms (with lavatory and hand basin) and roof lights. Every garden office is bespoke.


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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Yurtworking: Laurel Nest Yurts

There's a section in the Shedworking book about working in a yurt because there's something very appealing about this kind of garden office. Laurel Nest Yurts are particularly attractive, come in various sizes (above are the 18', 12' and 'yurtle' on wheels) and the (eco)friendly owners even offer DIY help as well as classes. The 18' - which they call the 'studio' model - is a two-person shedworking space which also works as a small classroom while the 12' (actually it's 11’9”) is their most popular yurt in urban areas.
Via Tiny House Blog


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Monday, July 19, 2010

Mobile coffeeworking

A lovely shedworkingesque design by Bobby Lowe called the “Nescafe Nomadic Cafe Center” - it's a coffee shop in a shed on wheels. What's not to like?
Via the design blog



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