Saturday, May 21, 2022

Godalming garden office

A brief pictorial essay this lovely Saturday, a newly-finished Archipod garden office build in Godalming, Surrey, with desk and underfloor heating.


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Friday, May 20, 2022

Meg Mason: shedworker

Australian novelist Meg Mason, author most recently of the acclaimed Sorrow and Bliss which is shortlisted for this year's Women's Prize for Fiction, is also a shedworker, as she revealed in a recent Guardian interview ("I have had a copy of Fox 8 by George Saunders within reaching distance in my writing shed since I first read it, in 2013"). There's also an excellently detailed interview with her in Toast in which she discusses her daily shed-based writing routine, roughly 8.30am- 5pm-ish. Here's a snippet:

It’s a real shed. We built it when we bought the house and it's a little weatherboard thing, painted a smoky grey colour. I tell people it’s small, and they’re like, ‘oh right okay.’ And then they come and see it and they’re like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ I say to my husband that you would not want to go in there with anyone you were not in love with. It’s maybe six feet by four so perfect for one lady.

But I’m really grateful to have somewhere to go that’s separate from the house.

Well worth a read.


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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Garden office ground screw foundations

Ground screw foundations seem to be increasingly popular for garden office use. Here's a fine example from experts No More Digging for a Scottish Garden Rooms build. Pictured above is the installation of 39 RADIX PRO ground screws to pave the way for solid and level bases for a 3.2m x 2.6m garden office with 4.8m decking and a separate 6.4m x 4m garden gym.


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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

SMART Garden Building Competition returns

One of the more niche - but none the worse for that - shedlike competitions is back, the SMART Garden Building Competition. It's open to anybody who had a SMART garden room installed in 2021 (the 2020 competition was won by Paul and Katharine Stone's build, pictured above). Here's what SMART say:

We are always thrilled to see how our installations are customised to suit our customer’s needs, and how each building is uniquely designed to reflect their requirements. No two garden buildings are the same, and we would love to see how our 2021 SMART Spaces have been transformed!

Full details at the link above, but essentially you need to email them at attaching portrait and landscape photos of the interior and exterior of your garden room, and in a sentence explain what you use it for and why you like it.There's £100 for the overall winner, plus £50 for each of the category winners (garden office, gym, art/craft/hobby, business, leisure, unique). 


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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Man Shed at the Edinburgh Fringe 2022

The number of plays with sheds as their focus continues to grow with the happy news that the bitter-sweet one-man work Man Shed from Right Lines Productions by Euan Martin starring Ron Emslie will be on at the Pleasance during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August. Here's the spiel:

Can a man find his purpose when he grows older and all the major life events come thick and fast? Should he retire to the solitude of The Shed and escape from the world, or get out and try something new? When familiar rules no longer apply, is it too late to change the habits of a lifetime?

Inspired by the work of the Scottish Men's Sheds Association, Man Shed is a one-man theatre piece by Right Lines Productions which explores the joy of sheds, the pain of loss and the comfort of friendship.

The hour-long play has been inspired in general by the international Men’s Sheds network, but in particular the Scottish Men’s Sheds Association. It was due to appear two years ago but pandemic.

Man Shed previews on August 3 and 4, then continues until August 29 apart from August 10, 15, and 22. Tickets available from


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Monday, May 16, 2022

Watch me work in Nigel Nicolson's gazebo

Sissinghurst's best known writing space is Vita Sackville-West's writing tower but it is also home to her son Nigel's splendid writing gazebo (pictured above on a recent visit), next to the moat and  which has quite lovely views over the surrounding Kent countryside. He built it in 1969 as a memorial to his father, Harold, to the same spec as the Apollo 11 lunar module, and wrote his famous Portrait of a Marriage there. "This is my summer office," he wrote of it at the start of his book Long Life, "but an office without telephone, light or heat, so I cannot use it in the winter." 

It's still without all those things - though there is plenty of light thanks to the large windows - and to celebrate it and him, Sissinghurst is running an 'off the grid' workspace project for writers, artists, and creatives this summer, giving them the chance to work from the gazebo all day, from before visitors arrive to when everybody goes home. And I'm delighted that they have asked me since it coincides with the publication of my new book Rooms of Their Own. So this means that on June 18 I'll be working all day inside Nigel Nicolson's marvellous gazebo in the garden's grounds. Although I'll be working, I'll also be very happy to be distracted so do come and have a chat! And I'll probably be signing copies of my book in the shop at some point.


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Saturday, May 14, 2022

Garden office with wrap decking

A rather nice garden room in Dorset by Dorset-based designers and craftspeople James Gray, a bespoke 4m x 5m build with wrap decking, underfloor heating, and birch ply custom shelving, all clad in the exterior treatment of the moment, Wabi Shou Ban.


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