Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Escape Pod garden office


For those who like their shedworking elliptical, here is The Escape Pod from Gloucestershire-based Podmakers run by furniture maker Dominic Ash and treehouse engineer specialist Jeremy Fitter It's made out of birch ply and oak then clad in cedar shingles and, best of all, can be rotated as it is built onto a platform 50cm off the ground. Each one is built in the workshop then craned/forklifted into place in situ. Other features include an aircraft style plug door and rounded windows, optional underfloor heating or woodburner


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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Shedworking: Lavoro e buen retiro in giardino


 Brush up your Italian with this nice little piece about garden offices in Viva Italiani. Here's a snippet:
Lavorare a casa, magari in giardino circondati dal verde e dalle proprie cose. Un sogno che diventa realtà e adesso tendenza in Inghilterra, Usa, Germania, Paesi Bassi ma anche in Giappone. Il termine giusto è “Shedworking” che sta a significare lavorare in giardino, precisamente nel casotto degli attrezzi... Shed in inglese vuol dire proprio “capanna”, “baracca” e nel senso dato al termine di cui parliamo “casotto”.
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Writer's studio


An impressive 450 sq ft studio for a writer by Dencity who say it was designed to be a "remote, quiet, meditative space for family members to get away from the daily rigor". Features include a sitting room, office area, and small library, plus a wraparound covered deck and, Shedworking's favourite element of all, a lookout roof deck.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

CAD drawing office


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David Solomons: Shedworker


Dorset-based writer David Solomons (screenplay for Five Children and It, and more recently My Brother is a Superhero, My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord, and My Evil Twin is a Supervillain) is also a shedworker, as is his novelist wife Natasha Solomons. Here he is talking about his splending writing shed, pictured above, to the equally splendid Book Trust:
'Some writers will tell you that working in a room with a view is a very bad idea. How can you possibly concentrate with herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically outside your window? While I am sympathetic, I confess that I've always craved a glassy, airy, minimalist space with the kind of view to get an estate agent thumbing frantically through his thesaurus. Since our children came along, the minimalist bit has taken a battering, but I'm not complaining. In My Brother is a Superhero, the narrator, Luke, regards his tree house as his sanctuary. This is mine.'

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Music studio with stage



A marvellous garden office music teaching studio with additional performance space in Newcastle, Australia, by m3architecture.This is what they say about it:
We took inspiration from a method of teaching, founded in Finland. When considering Finland and music, we couldn’t help but think of architect Alvar Aalto and Finlandia Hall. This precedent provided a glimmer of a studio – a light filled space, with timber stage, white backdrop and blue audience zones compressed into a small studio. The design creates a unique backyard pedagogy – a spatial environment that enables students to drift in and out of practice and performance. The duality of the concept hybridises two worlds – the high architecture of a public building, and the DIY approach of a backyard.


Photographs:  Brett Boardman
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Friday, November 17, 2017

A House for Edwin Denby


Regular Shedworking reader Arne König writes from Sweden that the Thoreau inspired cabin featured on the site earlier this week made him think of this cabin in southern Swede. It's an art installation by Robert Wilson called A House for Edwin Denby which is sited in the sculpture park at the Wanås Konst – Center for Art & Learning in Skåne. A celebration of the life and work of the Amerian poet and critic, it has a simple Shaker feel but as you approach loudspeakers relay a text of Wilson reading a text. You can't actually go into the building, but you can peer through to see a chair and table.

Photo: Anders Norrsell

A House for Edwin Denby av Robert Wilson from Ljudplanering on Vimeo.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Cabin for Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park (video)


Mark Burton from Tiny House UK has been busy this week in London's Hyde Park building a cabin for the Winter Wonderland celebrations which open tomorrow. The video below shows the team at work.

Cabin Kit Build at Winter Wonderland, Hyde park London from Mark Burton on Vimeo.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Urban Botanics - garden office gardening


Research consistently shows that greenery in the workplace - however small that may be - is good for our health. Indeed, many shedworkers are also keen gardeners. But whether you're already pretty experienced with a trug or just wondering what might work in the limited space inside your garden office, Urban Botanics by Emma Sibley (Aurum Press) is well worth a look and certainly worthy of a place on your shed bookshelf.
Essentially it's a lovely plant guide, with atmospheric full page illustrations over its 150 pages by Maaike Koster  (to be honest, it's quite relaxing simply looking at her art work) and very readable text by Emma Sibley, founder of London Terrariums. They have picked 70 different plants including succulents, cacti, flowering and foliage plants so there will be something for whatever size garden office you work in. Among the choices are the Bunny Ears Cactus, Copper Pinwheel, and Swiss Cheese Plant. Each one gets a double page spread with enough relevant information about what it is and how to look after it without vast quantities of text to wade through. Recommended.
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Nomad Cabin


With a strong nod to the Godfather of shedworking Henry Thoreau and his Walden project, Out of the Valley design and build what they call 'environmentally sensitive spaces' using a mixture of traditional craftsmanship and modern construction techniques, as well as local materials and timber - these would be ideal as garden offices. As they say: "Simple modest living brings qualities to life that often we can not name. Our rural studio and workshop designs and builds places to dwell and nourish, preserve and enhance." The cabins are off-grid and use solar power.


Pictured above and below in the video is the mobile Nomad Cabin but there are several other designs including:

* Oak Cabin - with oak flooring and verandah, bi-fold doors, canvas awning, king size bed and mezzanine

* Estuary Cabin - clad in charred larch with oak interior, and woodburning stove

* Larch Shelter - birch ply vaulted ceiling and walls

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Monday, November 13, 2017

The Alfresco Pod



Here is the Alfresco Pod from Landpod, coming in at 1.5m x 3m x 2.5. It's roomy enough to seat six and is made from timber and weatherproof green cotton canvas. Features include a wine rack, table, motion sensor LED light, and two porthole windows. Extras include additional bench seats and a larch cladded roof. Its adjustable legs mean it does not need to be sited on flat ground or require foundations. And here it is in action below:
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The joy of garden offices

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Garden room workshop for a jewellery maker


Here's a rather nice garden room workshop that Miniature Manors built for a jewellery maker in Sussex. The structure is clad in cedar externally and has OSB walls internally. As all of their designs are bespoke, MM chose the OSB as it is a good material for hiding dirt in a workshop and also looks great in a workshop environment. The client was renting a workshop, but opted to have one of MM's garden rooms at home as a long-term, cost effective solution.

The full spec:
  • 6.2 metre by 4.5 metre garden workshop
  • Height of 2.5 metres 
  • Concrete base
  • Flat EPDM rubber roof
  • Walls, floor and ceiling fully insulated with 50mm celotex
  • Tyvek breathable membrane wrapped around structure for ventiliation
  • External walls vertically cladded in red western cedar sourced from sustainable forests
  • Internal walls boarded with OSB 
  • Electrics including 8 double sockets, internal & external spotlights
  • Electrical connection to the house
  • Guttering connected to water butt 
  • Double-glazed uPVC French Doors
  • Three double-glazed uPVC windows
  • Mositure-resistant laminate flooring

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Thursday, November 09, 2017

Shed holiday in Cornwall


The Edge is built on the edge of a cliff at Whitsand Bay, Cornwall. Designed by local architect Robert Woffende, the  beach hut-esque cabin has one bedroom across its 30 m2 floor space as well as living room and kitchen, all with underfloor heating and bi-fold doors. You can rent it through Unique Home Stays (more photos at the link).


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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Dance and music studio


A major shedworking structure from The Stable Company for Orchards School, West Sussex, this took eight weeks to complete. The school is particularly strong on sport and music/drama and needed a standalone bespoke building in their grounds as a dedicated space for the children. The brief was "an inspirational, flexible space that would allow pupils to celebrate their performative strengths, doubling-up as a great practice space throughout the day to improve upon their existing skills". Most importantly, it needed to be large and light with plenty of storage as well as toilets. The exterior entrance was also surrounded with purple slate and garden boxes.


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Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Dylan Thomas' writing shed features in new Goldie Lookin Chain video


Humorous Welsh rappers Goldie Lookin Chain have turned to a garden office maestro for their latest release. The chaps from Newport sing out about the joys of Wales in their new work, Fear of a Welsh Planet, and take in the delights of the country including Blaenau Ffestiniog, Joe Calzaghe and Dylan Thomas' writing shed in Laugharne which appears around the two minute mark... The full video is below and there is occasional strong languag.

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Monday, November 06, 2017

Garden office installed in four hours


Family-run, Gosport-based CS Garden Offices are proud of their speed in putting together timberless garden offices, most recently a 2.6m x 2.4m one done from start to finish in under four hours (more photos here). Here's what they say about their construction techniques:
Coldstream use 75mm thick foam injected polyurethane insulated panels for our garden offices manufactured in high pressure presses, exclusively within our own factory here in the UK. The polyurethane core in addition to providing very high insulation does not absorb water, is rot proof and vermin proof! The very high insulation value of Coldstream buildings brings major cost savings on heating in the winter and gives a comfortable environment on hot summer days. The Coldstream cam locking panels can be easily dismantled and re-erected in another location if required.
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A Book of Book Lists


Slightly off topic this morning, but if you liked my previous books - Shedworking (of course!), Bookshelf (inspired by my Bookshelf blog) and Improbable Libraries - then I am quietly confident you will like my latest one too, A Book of Book Lists which has just been published by The British Library (keenly priced at just £7.99). Here is the official bumph:
This is a book of book lists. Not of the ‘1,001 Books You MUST Read Before You Die’ variety but lists that tell stories. Lists that make you smile, make you wonder, and see titles together in entirely new ways. From Bin Laden’s bookshelf to the books most frequently left in hotels, from prisoners’ favourite books to MPs’ most borrowed books, these lists are proof that a person’s bookcase tells you everything you need to know about them, and sometimes more besides.Perfect for bibliophiles looking to expand their bookshelves or to learn what their bookcase says about them.
It's already had positive mentions in the Times Literary Supplement and The Idler magazine ("amusing and enlightening") and is available from all the usual places, but ideally from your local independent bookshop or The British Library. Dare I say, it's the ideal Christmas present? --------------------------------------------------------------------
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Saturday, November 04, 2017

Alex Kiszczuk: shedworker


London-based Architect Alex Kiszczuk was a first time entrant to this year's Shed of the Year competition (you can see more photos of his garden office at readersheds.co.uk). Using SIPS clad in recycled pallet wood, the shedworking environment was also featured in Country Life where he said: "Getting to create my own shed was a major incentive for setting up my own architect’s practice two years ago. It’s great to be able to work so close to my wife and children, but also to be detached from the family home. It’s my place of work, so I didn’t want it to be too comfortable." (although it does have underfloor heating, sofa bed and a dartboard). The verandah is made of old railway sleepers.

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