Monday, January 31, 2011

Not all garden offices have to be at the bottom of the garden...

A nice example of fitting a garden office into a tight space, a Smart Duo in Reading from Smart Garden Offices (who have recently updated their branding) with some slight modifications to the roofline.
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The Shed Office


Dr George Grant is pastor of East Parish Presbyterian Church, Tennessee, president of the King's Meadow Study Center, founder of Franklin Classical School, and chancellor of New College Franklin. He is also a shedworker and has a very pleasant collection of photos of his garden office on his Eleventary blog.


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Sunday, January 30, 2011

My Generation garden studio


Booths Garden Studios will be launching the My Generation (MG) range in June and the video above talks us through the design concept (it's aimed at anybody who needs extra facilities such as lavatories, showers and kitchens).
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Holy Grail of the shepherd's hut world

The fine folk at Plankbridge are very excited as they have tracked down some historic 1905 blueprints of huts made by local firm Lott and Warne - which they describe as "like finding the holy grail of the shepherds hut world" including all the materials, measurements and methods of making their huts. Plankbridge is now working on their first, authentic copy of a Lott and Warne hut for a holiday site in Hampshire.

Pictured above is a recent restoration project undertaken by Plankbridge built as a Devon salmon fishing hut built on a gypsy wagon or gun carriage chassis. Read more about this on their restoration page where there are many more wonderful examples.
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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Google's new shedlike offices in London

Designed by architects Scott Brownrigg , the new London offices of Google have a distinctive shedlike interior feel, deliberately designed using beach hut facades (and associated seaside elements such as dodgem cars and wallpaper with seaside images). The 40,000 sq ft office also features sheddish meeting rooms and individual video conference booths.
Via dezeen
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Friday, January 28, 2011

Henry Williamson: shedworker


Tarka the Otter's success in winning the Hawthornden Prize provided Henry Williamson with enough money (£100) to buy his own writing hut in 1928 at Ox's Cross in Devon, close to his family house at Georgeham. The hut - known as The Field - is now a museum and contains a selection of her personal effects, clothes and indeed his writing desk. The hut provides a major focus for the annual autumn meeting of the Henry Williamson Society as it did for Williamson himself who wrote his A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight series of novels inside it.

Pictured below outside Williamson's hut are schoolchildren from Georgeham Primary School in Devon on a field trip.
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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Lance Armstrong Foundation Headquarters


The interior of the Lance Armstrong Foundation's new HQ in a warehouse in East Austin has a very definite shedworkingesque feel to it. It was designed by Lake Flato and The Bommarito Group.


Photos by Hester + Hardaway
Via archdaily. Thanks to Lloyd Alter for the alert
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

See an Oazis garden office being built

You can watch how the the fine folk at Oazis Garden Studios turn what they call "a pallet of precision cut components" which weighs over two tonnes into an Oazis garden office at one of their new show sites which are opening in February in Tunbridge Wells and Knockholt near Sevenoaks. They are planning more show sites around the UK and you can also catch up with them at their stand at The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show at the NEC Birmingham at the end of March. Contact Oazis for more details here or ring 0845 0707 313.

Pictured above is an early concept sketch for an Oazis garden office designed by Veljko Linta. More details about it here.
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Amicus: Roger Gale's bookshop shed

Many readers will enjoy the twin delights of a shedworking business which sells books. Roger Gale runs his Amicus bookshop in Western Canada, specialising in antiquarian travel books and ephemera, from a 240 square foot refurbished garage in which he has installed floor-to-ceiling shelving and artifacts. You can read an excellent interview with him online at Westworld. Amicus is open by appointment only.
Thanks to Fiona Gilsenan for the alert
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A gallery of shedlike atmospheres

There's a lovely gallery of garden office and potting shed ideas at Better Homes and Garden including this marvellous two storey shedworking atmosphere.
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Monday, January 24, 2011

Potting Shed by Silver Cocoon




A lovely potting shed/garden office by architects, jewellers and interior designers Silver Cocoon
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Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Longhirst Project: garden office

 A lovely garden office designed and built in South London by The Longhirst Project (whose website has some other marvellous shedlike structures) for a shedworker who runs a print management business. The original spec included a bicycle store, fully opening corner bi-folding doors, cantilevered (and green) roof and a large deck/seating area. The whole building is clad in tropical hardwood IPE and among the features are an electric roof vent to help with extra ventilation on warmer days, and state of the art electric underfloor heating. Lots more photos at their Flickr site here.

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Australian floods move shed

Floodwaters moved a shed across the road in Glamorganvale, near Ipswich, Australia, according to an ABC report by Brett Williamson. Local resident Mike Skerry explains how the local Fire Service's equipment shed (and its concrete slab base) was shifted to the other side of the main road. Impressively, the shed was undamaged and the concrete slab uncracked.  "When the shed floated through, you sort of sit there and go ... 'Am I seeing right?' he said.
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Friday, January 21, 2011

Western Australia recycled shedworking

George, a reader of Shedworking from Western Australia, has sent in details of a garden office he built for his eldest son who runs his electronic repair business inside it. Here's what George says:
"I used to drive an old pick up. Whenever I saw anything useful, I would pick it up and store it at home. Off cuts of limestone blocks from building site rubbish piles, old window frames from the local tip shop and or demolitions yards. The local rubbish tips, like many tips around the world today, have tip shops where you are able to buy building materials, old furniture and the like, that people where going to throw out. Less stuff goes to land fill and it is a good source of materials.

The floor is recycled bricks that I collected over the past few years. The windows are from demolitions and the tip. The small back wall is from limestone blocks left over from other jobs or again ex demolition. Some of the wood from the frame is from a neighbours demolished pergola and the rest is plantation timber pine. In Western Australia it gets hot in summer so keeping heat out is a problem at times. I insulated the wall cavities with insulation made from recycled glass. It is very effective, but horrible stuff to use, even with gloves. The roof is white colourbond which helps reflect the sun. All the walls and roof have a layer of reflective sarking under the outer panelling which also helps keep the heat out. Painting the whole thing white also helps.

I drew up the plans based on the idea of an old bathing hut. The floor plan is shaped to fit the area of the garden the shed sits in. It is now powered and quite functional."
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Thursday, January 20, 2011

0% finance on Home Office Company garden offices

You can get 24 months interest-free credit with The Home Office Company on purchases up to £20,000 or 36 months on those above £20,000. So, for example a garden office at £15,000 would require an initial deposit of £1,500 and then 24 monthly payments of £562.50. It's all subject to the normal acceptance/some further conditions apply stuff but if you're interestedy you can contact the Home Office Company on 0333 800 5050 for more details.
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Shed of the Year 2011: categories finalised

The annual Shed of the Year extravaganza is now on the horizon and Uncle Wilco has all the details over at Shed Blog. The whittled-down list now looks like this:
Normal Shed
Eco Shed
Garden Office
Cabin/Summerhouse
Workshop/Studio
Pub ShedTardis
Unique Shed (some of which are pictured above)

If you haven't shared your shed to enter the competition, nip along now and upload a photo now (if you're already up there, add a couple more) for a chance to win £1,000 of Cuprinol products. There are also some great new features on the site including SHEDTAGS to be followed by a SHEDCLOUD
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Interior glass shedworking: Smog

Another one for the 'Interior shedworking' folder, here is the Smog motion graphics studio in Santiago, Chile, designed by Sebastian Bravo on the top floor of a building which was once textile workshops. Pictured is the lovely glass cubicle for meetings and here's what they say about it:
"The strategy was to locate the only private part of the studio — an enclosed conference room — in the center of the space. Reception, dining area, bathroom, kitchen and a large work area would revolve around it."
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Shedworking atmospheres on Pinterest

Pinterest calls itself a "social catalog service" or virtual pinboard — essentially, it's a marvellous collection of images under a huge range of headings. It's well worth a browse, for instance if you're interested in photos of sheds, shacks, huts, garden offices or microarchitecture in general.
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Monday, January 17, 2011

Rustic meets modern

The new trim style for 2011 at Studio Shed.
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