Thursday, April 27, 2017

She-shed makeover (video)


A marvellous garden office makeover video by Jenny Kakoudakis with step-by-step descriptions at her Seasons in Colour site. Here's what she says:
This is a place where you can get really creative (so many sheds are used as artist studios), play or simply relax. It could be your reading nook, a yoga studio, it can even be a guest room (mine definitely fits a single bed nicely and it comes with electricity supply so you can have an electric heater in it). Whatever you want it to be, you are only limited by your imagination.
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

New Linea garden rooms range from Garden Affairs



Garden Affairs has released a new design of garden offices and rooms, Linea, a contemporary range focused on dealing with space constraints, especially in city gardens, in Scandinavian style.

"We are genuinely buzzing about Linea" says Richard Squire, Managing Director of Garden Affairs, "We know from long experience that clients want spacious garden rooms but often want to place them close to a boundary wall or fence".


They are built in durable larch with flat roofs under 2.5m height to comply with planning guidelines even when placed right next to a boundary. And cleverly, rain drainage is incorporated within the walls of the building so there is no need for overhanging eaves/gutters.

"Linea is unashamedly modern," says Richard, "with a clean Scandinavian feel. The larch exterior is available in either grooved horizontal or vertical cladding and even with a striking flash of aluminium. A warm tongue & groove timber lining gives the building a sleek interior finish. Timber buildings should be healthy places to work and play."

There are various sizes, shapes, and colours of Linea models, all with double-glazed windows, excellent insulation and options including eco-friendly sedum roofs.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Multi-functional training facility garden office



An interesting build by Garden Spaces for Chelmsford Counselling Federation providing additional space for their work in the form of a large training and counselling room for individuals and families. Garden Spaces fitted in the tailormade garden office in the garden at the back of the main office building. Measuring 5.6m by 5.1m, features inclued a balustraded ramp access, bi-fold doors, integral blinds, and a Fujitsu climate control condenser unit.
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Monday, April 24, 2017

Small garden office in Saltaire



When the Shedworking staff meet people at parties, we are often told that 'We'd love a garden office but our garden is too small for one'. While sometimes this is undoubtedly true, it is amazing what you can squeeze into a small space without being too cramped. A perfect example is pictured above from The Stable Company, one of their  Eco garden room designs in use as a garden office, specifically bespoked to fit into a bijou corner area. It's 1.84m x 1.36 deep internally, and 2.13m wide x 1.65m externally and also features an eco-friendly sedum roof plus birch plywood interior. --------------------------------------------------------------------
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Friday, April 21, 2017

Shed Box of Delights: Cork study




A marvellous unique garden office by Surman Weston for a co-shedworking musician and seamstress couple in London. The whold thing is clad in eco-friendly cork which is not only waterproof but also keeps everything cosy and soundproofed. As the architects say: "The natural earthy quality of the thick cork combined with wild flower roof also helps nestle the building into its organic green surroundings." The interior is lined with birch plywood which has also been used to make the furniture while a clever large sliding door opens onto the garden.

Via Treehugger

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Beach Huts by Karen Averby


A nice addition to any shedworker's bookshelf, Beach Huts by architectural historian Karen Averby is a short history from Amberley Publishing about everybody's favourite seaside shedlike atmosphere. Here's what the publishers say about it:
The humble and colourful beach hut can be seen up and down Britain’s coastline. Now something of an architectural icon, the beach hut seems as though it has been around forever although it is an invention of the twentieth century. From the eighteenth century the beach changed from a place for fishermen and smugglers to a fashionable place where the wealthy could recover from illness. In the nineteenth century the coming of the railways and the introduction of holidays for workers made the coast increasingly popular. A growing demand for entertainment and accommodation led to the birth of the seaside resort and, with it, the development of the seaside that we know and love today.
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Garden office with a view

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Mobitecture




Another book for the Shedworker's Bookshelf, Mobitecture by Rebecca Roke (you may know her as the author of Nanotecture, also published by Phaidon) contains plenty of mobile/movable shedlike structures such as The Mailroom in the USA pictured above Here's what the publishers say about the book:
Celebrate mobile architecture in all its forms with this visual ode to life on the move. Ranging from quirky to sensible and from rustic to deluxe, featured projects include houseboats, huts, and tricked-out caravans, alongside disaster shelters, wearable structures, and futuristic prototypes. This compactly designed package features more than 250 colour photographs and a smart, engaging layout that will appeal to anyone who appreciates the power of good design.
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Shedworking : Et si on travaillait mieux au fond du jardin ?


An interesting piece about Shedworking and garden offices in France (and all in French) including quotes from me in GA Smart Building. Here is a snippet of me in action:
"La révolution industrielle a transformé l’organisation du travail. Aujourd’hui, la majorité d’entre nous est contrainte de se déplacer tous les jours pour se rendre dans des « bureaux-usines » avant de rentrer chez so. Le shedworking est selon moi un retour à une tradition du travail à la maison et des industries familiales qui existaient auparavant... Cela permet d’avoir un espace à soi et d’éviter que la famille et les animaux n’envahissent votre lieu de travail. Psychologiquement, cela instaure une vraie distinction entre la vie professionnelle et personnelle et c’est bien plus amusant de choisir à quoi ressemblera son bureau et d’être libre de s’y rendre habillé comme on le souhaite. Le bureau de jardin est une sorte de sanctuaire qui libère des pressions de la vie moderne!"
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Joolz: Interior garden office


A remarkable interior shedworking environment at Amsterdam-based pushchair specialists Joolz by Space Encounters inside an old machine factory. Part of the major renovation works included the introduction of three large garden spaces inside the offices which are populated by trees, plants, birds and fish. They not only improve the general feel of the space, but really put the 'garden' into 'garden office'.



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Monday, April 10, 2017

How to turn your shed into a workshop


If you're thinking of turning your shed into a workshop, Waltons has just produced a useful practical guide to help you get started. Here's what they say:
Having a dedicated workshop at home is the dream of many a hobbyist and professional alike, and with this guide you can make it a reality. A garden shed is the ideal place for a workshop. With a solid base, damp-proofing, power and heating, the garden shed can be transformed into a safe, warm and dry workshop fit for any metalworker, carpenter, mechanic or tinkerer.
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Friday, April 07, 2017

Shed Box of Delights: Rooftop garden office

Also worth taking a look at this article about urban office garden design on 20six which mention's Facebook's cracking rooftop office space in their Seattle building.

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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Garden office in mid-air: Létající černý dům


If shedworking on terra firma is a bit tame for you, take a leaf out of Czech architects H3T's book and go for a garden office suspended in mid-air. It's called Létající černý dům or Flying Black House and is set up under the arch of on old railway bridge. Inside, there's a stove and a sleeping loft. As H3T put it: "It attracts attention, invites you to visit and raises questions."


Photos: BoysPlayNice


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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Collaborative shedworking

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Monday, April 03, 2017

Shedworkers avoid getting permission for building work, claims new survey


Around 15% of homeowners are unsure if they got the correct permissions for their garden offices and other home improvements, according to a new study by Co-op Insurance. Of these, nearly a third said they risked it because they knew they’d get away with it, while a further fifth didn’t let their insurers know about the changes. A quarter said getting permissions would only slow the work down.

Of the UK homeowners unsure if they got the correct consent for their building work which included garden offices, extensions, conservatories, loft conversions and garages, 14% said it simply didn't cross their minds and a similar figuresaid they didn’t bother as they thought it would cost them money.

Just over 40% of homeowners are planning on future building work says the report which also reveals that women are more likely than men to get the relevant consent for their buildings work.
Caroline Hunter, Head of Home Insurance for Co-op Insurance said: “It’s really important that homeowners get the correct permissions and let their insurers know when extensive building work is taking place. That way, if anything was to go wrong with the property, either while the building work is ongoing or once it’s completed, it will be covered by their insurer.” --------------------------------------------------------------------
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Friday, March 31, 2017

Shed Box of Delights: Studio Unwired at Tatton Park Flower Show

RHS Young Designer of the Year nominee Ula Bujauskaite has come up with a lovely garden office design - ‘Studio Unwired’ - for July's RHS Flower Show in Tatton Park. She describes her garden as "a contemporary outdoor hot-desk office for an urban setting" which features a pergola divided into various open, semi-sheltered and enclosed workspaces with desks and seating so people can enjoy the delights of shedworking. There are also decked areas, gnarled pine trees, a pond, and - my favourite feature - dunes planted with flowers and grasses inspired by the coastal hinterlands of the designer's Baltic upbringing.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Brexit and the shed industry


It's not a vast survey, but every little helps. To find out what the effects of Brexit might be for the garden buildings market, WhatShed.co.uk spoke to Mercia Garden Products and Shire Garden Buildings to ask for their views. According to WhatShed, both manufacturers supply a significant percentage of the total volume of garden buildings sold in the UK both online and via ‘Blue Chip’ high street retailers.
 
Here are their findings:

    •    Currency swings following decision to leave EU (21% drop in value) have seen large increases in imported raw materials. Imported timber/materials typically make up 66% of the final costs the consumer pays.
    •    Currency fluctuations have caused a typical 14% cost increase to manufactures.
    •    To date the manufacturers have absorbed the costs, due to many ‘Blue Chip’ retailers who had fixed price agreements in place. To date this has insulated consumers from any price rises.
    •    Price increases will now be passed on to consumers starting in April 2017. “As the dust has settled, and reality set in, this has now led to ‘Blue Chip’ customers accepting cost price increases, albeit very reluctantly,” said Terry Waldron, MD for Mercia Garden Products.
    •    Price rises consumers are likely to see in 2017 will range from an 8% to 10% increase.
    •    Manufacturers are actively working hard to reduce capital projects intended to reduce costs to combat the remaining effects of the increases. This means potential job freezes or cuts are likely.

"On a positive note, overall, sales of buildings have risen over the last two years and it appears that this is continuing for 2017," said a spokesman for WhatShed. "The focus is once again on staying at home and improving all aspects of it. More people are expected to have 'staycations' this year due to the weak pound, so they are more likely to make the most of their gardens and garden buildings. The continues a growing trend for bespoke buildings and this again still appears to be strong in 2017. This aids the UK manufacturers due to higher margins.
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Garden office view (video)

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Nook pod: Interior shedworking


The folder marked 'Interior shedworking' continues to expand. Here is the Nook pod in action, an "enclosure for working, meeting, eating [in] and relaxing". Single units are designed for one or two people but they can obviously be lined up or even turned into little sheds if you place them side by side (they are on castors so easy to wheel around). They come fully built or in flatpack form

It's already up and running at various locations including the Engine Shed in Bristol. Below is a video of a Nook pod in action using clever 360 degree surround video thingy technology so you can use your cursor to explore it all.


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Monday, March 27, 2017

WoHo homeworker app needs your vote


I've been happy to help friend of Shedworking and homeworking analyst Dr Frances Holliss (Emeritus Reader in Architecture, Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture & Design, London Metropolitan University) and her students in the initiall setting up of the WoHo home-based workers' app project. It's now a finalist (one of 12 out of 370 entrants) in a Big Idea competition and it really needs your vote now to take it to the next level. Here's what Frances says about it:
"Did you know that one in seven in the UK now works from home, and that this is on a massive upturn globally? These people are often super-connected digitally, but invisible in their neighbourhoods - and lonely. Jim’s a freelance accountant who works at his kitchen table all day; he struggles with his mental health as a result of this social isolation. And he’s not alone. There’s an estimated half a billion home-based workers worldwide and problems impacting on wellbeing are common.

"Until now. WoHo is a web-based platform that solves this by enabling home-based workers all over the world to connect with each other, in their community, by putting themselves onto a map of their neighbourhood. This makes it easy for people like Jim to meet each other, socially and professionally.

"It’s free - but makes money through relevant advertising and by charging for premium features. I have been investigating this field for 15 years; the rest of the team have the design and tech skills and experience to bring this Big Idea to life. With your vote, WoHo will build community, bust social isolation, and boost business, globally."
Please consider voting for it here.

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