Friday, February 24, 2017

Storm Doris vs garden offices and sheds

High winds are always a bit unnerving for shedworkers... And indeed for all shedowners generally as this marvellous roundup from that Uncle Wilco shows below. --------------------------------------------------------
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

'Garden office' coworking space: Second Home, Lisbon



Putting the 'garden' in 'garden office' is Second Home's new coworking space in Lisbon, put together by architects SelgasCano, the folk behind this stylish forest shedworking project. At 1,115 square metres it's a little bigger than your normal garden office since it's inside the old 19th century Mercado Da Ribeira market and it features more than 1,000 potplants, trees, and other greenery.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Can I claim tax relief for a garden office?


A useful short guide to this thorny subject is available at Northamptonshire-based KRW Accountants' website but in summary they argue that:
  1. Tax relief cannot usually be claimed on the cost of a garden office building
  2. However, tax relief can be claimed on furnishings and equipment used in the building
  3. Capital allowances can also be claimed on thermal insulation and some wiring/plumbing
  4. Tax relief can be claimed on running costs, such as heating, lighting and repairs
  5. VAT can be reclaimed on the costs of the building itself and the ongoing running costs
Well worth a browse.

Image: Bespoke garden office courtesy of Alfresco Arch ----------------------------------------------------
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Shed of the Year 2017: Entries open


It's that time again. The annual Shed of the Year competition is now open for entries (closing date May 15) - you need to send in at least two images and a few words about your shedlike atmosphere and be a resident of the UK, although there is an International Shed of the Year title too. As in previous years, judges will pick a shortlist which is then voted for by the public for category winners and the over winner is finally selected by the judges. If your shed is already on the site and fulfils the above requirements it will be automatically entered into the 2017 competition.

Pictured below is the marvellous winner of last year's event, The West Wing. We particularly like the secret bookcase feature.

More details and the signing up form are here.




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Monday, February 20, 2017

Where are they now: Tent



In the first of a new irregular series taking a look at the progress of successful shedworkers, we revisit Northumberland-based brand, design and marketing agency Tent who we featured six years ago when Dominic and Sarah first began working in their garden office. Here's what they say about the whole experience:

We’re lucky enough to own our own studio and even luckier that it’s at the bottom of our garden. We built the Shed in January 2011 (well when we say ‘we’ we mean a local team of highly skilled tradesmen!) and it’s proved to be the perfect space for us to be.

Totally on brand (of course!) the shed has quirky and fun features such as astroturf flooring and vintage potting shed paraphernelia. With lots of natural light, peace and quiet and nature all around, it’s a great space for us to work and also for our clients to visit, whether just for a catch up, a business brainstorm or a marketing session.

There’s always fresh coffee (or a selection of teas!) on the go, often the wood burner is cracking away in the corner and sometimes there are even homemade cookies.
Visit Tent's website here.
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Friday, February 10, 2017

Shed Box of Delights: Crossroads Garden Shed


Every year the 'that's not a shed' cry can be heard on the interwebs when the Shed of the Year shortlistees are drawn up. So here's something to be going on with in the meantime which also falls neatly into our recent looks at shipping container sheds.

The Crossroads Garden Shed is part of a 49-acre development in Calgary with a community garden and around 100 raised planter beds. The shed which stores gardening tools and outdoor furniture designed by 5468796 Architecture which suggested the shed would make an ideal gathering space. It's made out of three shipping containers, Cor-Ten steel sheets in hexagonal shapes, and rusted metal mesh which fit together to give it a pavilion vibe.

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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

How to heat your garden office

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Monday, February 06, 2017

Shipping container garden office


East Anglia-based Timberpad design and build bespoke timber buildings and shipping container conversions - all their buildings are bespoke, there is no basic range. Following last week's theme, we're concentrating here on their shipping container office which as they say "looks right at home in any industrial setting until you open the container doors and see the contrast of the clean, contemporary interior".

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Thursday, February 02, 2017

The return of the shipping container garden office - Part 1


Using shipping containers as garden offices was very popular a few years ago and it seems to be on the way back into favour (see here for a recent example in York). An interesting article on the BBC site by Simon Fry - Boxing clever: The firms based in shipping containers - which concentrates largely on the 50 containers that make up Pop Brixton and Boxpark, both in London. Here's a snippet
Each offers start-up businesses a more affordable way to get a roof over their heads, and the opportunity to rub shoulders with other like-minded firms... In 2015, 2.48 million standard-size 40ft (12m) shipping containers arrived in the UK, but only 2.41 million left again, according to official figures from the Department for Transport. The ones that stay are typically retired from service due to wear and tear, and put up for sale. And if you fancy one as a large garden shed, you can pick one up for about £1,100.
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Wednesday, February 01, 2017

How to crane in a beach hut

http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/15027642.WATCH__This_is_how_you_crane_a_giant_beach_hut_into_position/


You can watch a fantastic video of how to crane a beach hut into a tricky position courtesy of the Bournemouth Echo here. It follows the installation of 15 new huts at Bosombe seafront. Each hut - which would make an evocative occasional shedworking space - can actually sleep six, and they all have hot showers, flushing lavatories and galley kitchens, as well as a living area and decking.
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