Friday, September 22, 2017

Mini Living Urban Cabin


The dividing line between garden offices and tiny homes is decreasing all the time, and the blur between where we work and where we live continues to grow (but in a good way). This compact micro-house from Mini Living measures 15 sqm and has been one of the hit talking points of the 2017 London Design Festival this week. According to the designers "the design is inspired by London’s rich history of geometric facades" and their goal was "to create a house with limited space that is inspired by local surroundings. The general idea behind the cabin is to help address the need to live in a constantly growing city without having to compromise on quality or a unique urban landscape". They continue:
The kitchen for example, a space where people come together and traditions thrive, has been created with London’s food markets in mind, aiming to bring their culture and diversity into the home. It has been designed with versatility in mind; the table can spontaneously be moved outside to take advantage of warmer weather.
Built by Aldworth James & Bond and designed by architect Sam Jacob it also has its own microlibrary because according to Jacob: “London is a city of books before it is a city of architecture. We created this library as an extension to domestic space that contains a certain spirit of the city. Recalling the grand libraries as well as the book-lined studies of domestic life.”

The next Urban Cabin will be unveiled in October in New York, where it will be home to various events and workshops looking at the development of the Urban Cabin into an inhabitable concept for major cities in 2018.


Photography by Tom Donald

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Team UnLimbited: Shedworkers


The Shed of the Year competition throws up some amazing builds. It also brings some even more astonishing shed-based stories to a wider public eye. And this year, it's the story behind Team UnLimbited and the selfless work of Drew Murray and Stephen Davies, winners of the workshop and studio category.
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A garden office you can live in


The Nugget micro home from Modern Tiny Living is not strictly a garden office, but if you want something portable that you can work in with added extras, this is probably about as small as you would want to get (at 102 sq ft or 9.5 sq m on a 12ft trailer). Inside there's a composting toilet and 30 inch x 30 inch shower, a mini-fridge and hickory butcher block countertops. It's designed to be off-grid with a 100 gallon fresh water tank solar batteries/panels, and a propane tankless water heater. Marketed more as a "weekend getaway or travel companion", living here full time (especially without a cooker) would be tricky.


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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Black garden office



Black is an unusual colour for a garden office but the Sportskabin range is proving popular among customers of Garden2office. "This one has a sedum roof, a store room and  triple glazing," explains Garden2office's owner Mark Ramuz. "The client imports Scandinavian crafts, so specified a stripped back interior to complete the Nordic look."

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How your garden office could earn you money


An interesting piece by eDEN Garden Rooms suggests that one way of making money from your garden room/office is simply renting it out, not for business using sites such as Vrumi or SpaceHop, but as a holiday let. Here's a snippet about the rent-a-room tax free allowance
By signing up to the rent-a-room scheme, you not only make money on your rental, but you are also eligible to earn up to £7,500 per year, tax free. Remember, before you decide to proceed that being part of the scheme means that you are not able to claim any expenses related to the letting. You should therefore make sure that you do some calculations beforehand on any possible maintenance and general upkeep that may be required, to check whether you’d be better-off financially in or out of the scheme. Before you take a lodger in, you should always check with your mortgage provider and home insurer to make sure that you are keeping within the terms of any existing contracts. If you rent, you’ll also need to check that your lease allows you to take on a lodger.
eDEN do point out that you need to think it all through carefully e.g. getting planning permission for an ‘independent separate dwelling’, ensuring you have full building regulations in place, etc.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Caitlin Moran: Shedworker


Memoirist, novelist and cultural commentator Caitlin Moran is also a shedworker (you can see her garden office in the background of the photo above). Here she is talking about it in The Guardian:
I finally “invested” in an office/shed at the bottom of the garden, which is where I now spend most of my day. Before, I used to work on the patio, because of the smoking. Man, I have sat out there in some grim weathers... After a long day of work, it’s great to give my arse a break by walking from the bottom of the garden to the front room, and then sitting on the sofa until 10pm.
And this week in The Times (paywall, sorry):
Downstairs in the sweet September morning, cup of tea in hand, open the back door, head to the writing shed, everything to live for, and WHAMMO. Spider in the face. A 12ft web around the head, tea everywhere and eight arachnid eyes peevishly staring into mine, going, “I’m sorry. Did you want to use that door? It’s just I thought I’d pop a face trap over it. Because it’s spider-in-the-face season.”
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Early years school shedworking


As we frequently say on Shedworking, children need sheds too. Here's a lovely example from Rotunda Roundhouses, a 6.5m Rotunda with sedum roof that will be used at an early years school. Already christened 'Saplings', it took just seven days to get into place and Rotunda used social media to chart the build (we've put them in reverse order).
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Shed of the year 2017: The Mushroom Shed


To the online shouts of 'But that's not a shed', this year's Shed of the Year has been announced after nearly 3,000 entries and 27,000 votes - Ben Swanborough’s kind of tree house The Mushroom Shed from Surrey was awarded the prize after his young daughter gave him £500 of her own money to make a hang-out space in the shape of a mushroom.

Uncle Wilco, founder of Shed of the Year said: “The bar was set really high this year, from entire train carriages to a miniature chapel and a replica cinema. With strong contenders winning all eight category awards it was a really tough decision for me and my fellow judges. Ben’s dedication to his daughter and the quirky design details he created really stood out above the rest and he thoroughly deserves the title!”

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Is it worth getting a garden office?


Each week in The Guardian newspaper's 'Money' section, a reader asks a question and other readers respond to it to help them out. This week's is 'Is it worth getting a garden shed?' and replies will be printed in next week's issue. The full question is:
I want to spend about £25,000 on a garden office, which I’ll use for freelance work and as a place for hobbies. My wife thinks it’s a silly price for a shed that will take a chunk of the garden; I think it will add value. Do those with a studio regret it or love it?
You can let the Guardian know your thoughts at money@theguardian.com

Image: Booths Garden Studios
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Friday, September 15, 2017

Diocese of Westminster's garden office


An interesting build by The Stable Company for the Diocese of Westminster which was keen to rebuild lecture rooms at its Allen Hall Seminary in Chelsea. The work required the demolition of the former 35-year prefabs on the site and the addition of new foundations - the whole project, including putting up the buildings, took six weeks. Here's what they say about it:
The building was required to deliver flexible teaching space that could meet the needs of varied group sizes. A single storey design was created to ensure no change of outlook for the other nearby buildings and the exterior was clad in vertical and horizontal cedar weather boards, which provided a stunning, natural appearance for the garden setting.
Other features include a sliding, folding, sound-proofed partition, so that the whole building can be opened up into one large space or  kept as separate lecture rooms.
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Guide to garden rooms (infographic)


Modern Garden Rooms has put together an interesting infographic about all aspects of garden offices and other shedlike atmospheres. You can see a much bigger/readable version here. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Roald Dahl Day: Moving the writing hut


It's Roald Dahl Day today, arguably the most famous modern shedworker, so we thought we'd take a look at how his hut was transferred from his garden at Gypsy House to the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden (if you can get along this afternoon, entrance is free).


The work was carried out by Outside Studios. Here's what they say about it:
We built a millimetre-perfect replica of the inner writing room and hinged a whole section of the structure; when the Museum is quiet, the hut can be closed for maximum, spine-tingling impact. The gallery couldn't hold the whole hut, but the 'magic' door and aquajet-cut lino patterns mark out the full area with quotes and stories... The hut’s contents were moved forensically, right down to the dirt on the floor and the tobacco-stained polystyrene wall insulation. Every photograph, paperclip and hip bone (yes, really) was carefully recorded, checked and conserved before the display was recreated in its new, museum-grade enclosure, covered with illustrated roses setting out Roald Dahl's writing process.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Cabin Master Family Fun Day


Cabin Master is running a Family Fun Day this Sunday, September 17 at their show site in Nottingham (just off the A52 at the Toton Lane Tram Site) with plenty for children to do while prospective shedworkers have a look around their cabins and spas. Free things on site include a bouncy castle and slide, face painting, balloon models, and a treasure hunt, plus crazy ice-creams and the Palmer's Diner food van. Naturally there will be offers on the BBQ cabins, garden rooms and spas with plenty of Cabin Master expert staff on hand to answer any shedlike queries.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Garden office with home cinema


A 28 square metre garden office build from Rubicon Garden Rooms that will leave many readers very envious. During the day it is used for normal working purposes by shedworking owner financial planner Paul Williams, but whenever necessary he (and his wife Caroline and young son Tommy) can also take advantage of the 100 inch screen  on one wall. Here's what he says
“We had two choices – add an extension on to the house or build something separate in the garden and, given the difference in cost, this seemed like a sensible compromise. One wall is painted dark grey, which is the best for projecting on to, and I’ve got an HD projector, surround sound with six speakers and a big sub-woofer – it’s perfect really.”
And here's Paul talking about it all.

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Friday, September 08, 2017

Zedbox


We've talked about Zedbox before on Shedworking, the new micro home design from the people who also bring you Smart Garden Offices and here's a new video from them showing you around inside and out. Well worth 38 seconds of your time. --------------------------------------------------------
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Thursday, September 07, 2017

Garden room with toilet


An interesting 'before' and 'after' from eDEN Garden Rooms in Teddington. Here's what they say about it:
As our client needed their garden room to be 3m in height, the project required planning permission which the eDEN team helped to obtain. The room was designed to be at least 1m from all boundaries, and due to this, planning permission was successfully granted without any amendments. Before the build could begin, the eDEN team spent an initial two days clearing the site of trees and shrubs and levelling the ground, to create a clear environment for build to take place.

The build measures 7m by 4.7m, clad with our old friend western red cedar, with a 4-door bifold and has a large deck. Inside, there's a skylight in the roof  as well as a separate store room and eco-toilet, fast becoming the most fashionable add-on feature of 2017.


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Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Music studio garden office soundproofing


An interesting section on the Garden2Office site about how effective soundproofing can be and which materials they use to achieve their successful sound insulation on their own bespoke sound studios. First, here's the video showing what can be done:


It's worth clicking the link for exact details about what they use, but in short they add to the already insulated standard wall units by adding sound-absorbing bars pre-plasterboarding, making use of acoustic rock wool insulation, putting in an eco-friendly sound insulating board, and installing an acoustic barrier mat between the first and second layer of acoustic plasterboard. -----------------------------------------------------------
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Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Turning a shed into a garden office


There's an excellent step-by-step and photo-by-photo account of turning a shed into a garden office by Claire Douglas at At Claire's House. Here's a snippet:
So there were a few stipulations for the office space; electrics must remain as they were, the same with lighting and most of all it most cost NEXT TO NOTHING…argh! This meant using furniture and shelving we already had and any accessories being home made or super cheap.
And there's an earlier post on the site about working with OSB (Oriented strand board), very like chipboard which is also well worth a read.

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Monday, September 04, 2017

Literary shed decor ideas from famous writers' bedrooms


An interesting little thing. HomeAdvisor.com has put together a video of famous writers' workspaces and bedrooms. "If anyone is looking to renovate their garden office", a spokeswoman told Shedworking, "they should consider drawing inspiration from their favourite iconic author's decorative style." The video features Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, Flannery O'Connor, Henry David Thoreau, Victor Hugo, Emily Dickinson, Marcel Proust, and William Faulkner.

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Friday, September 01, 2017

The Smart Garden Offices story


A nice piece in the East Anglian Daily Times looks at how Charlie Dalton and Smart Garden Offices have grown their shedworking, and now micro home, business. “A garden office should feel just like a room in your house," he says. "Warm, comfortable, safe, secure, robust and filled with natural light." Here's a snippet:
Last year the company launched the Smart Academy – an apprenticeship training programme for young recruits in partnership with West Suffolk College. Charlie said: “We train, develop and retain every member of the Academy, to create the craftsmen of tomorrow. Whilst this is good business, it’s also a personal belief – encouraging youngsters with the opportunity to grow and thrive as craft professionals is hugely rewarding.”
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