Thursday, January 17, 2019

The rise of gardens in the office


An interesting article in the New York Times asks (and then answers) The Next Frontier in Office Space? The Outdoors. Journalist Jane Margolies argues that outdoor work areas are the logical next step in the evolution of flexible offices and writes:
Employers with suburban campuses have long turned swaths of blank lawn into furnished outdoor areas where workers can meet with colleagues, work alone or simply take a break from their computer screens. Now, developers and owners of urban office buildings are adding terraces and transforming once-barren rooftops into parklike settings, where workers can plant vegetables, unfurl yoga mats or swing in a hammock.
Among the examples she gives is CookFox Architects (who themselves grow kale and keep an apiary on their own office terraces) who have recently completed an office building which has nearly 17,000 square feet of terraces featuring native grasses and trees. Well worth a read.

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Garden office translation shed



A very atmospheric garden office by Ridge and Furrow for literary translator Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp which also doubles as a bike shed. Originally it was a concrete bunker with an asbestos roof so they've done some extremely good work. Features included reclaimed double garage doors, sheepswool insulation, and lime-rendered/limewashed walls. Windows and floor are reclaimed oak and there is a lovely verandah with gutters connected to water butts. There are also two skylights. We'll bring you another Ridge and Furrow build tomorrow.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Wooden garden office built around brick shed


A very clever build by Rotterdam-based architects Open Kaart - it's a painting studio built of wood wrapped around an existing brick shed and used by the clients as a painting studio with storage space and an upper floor. More images at the link above and an interview with its creator at dezeen. ------------------------------------------
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Temple

The Temple - Kirkharle - Northumberland - Historic from Kirkharle - Northumberland - UK #shedoftheyear

In this first of an occasional series, we're going to start highlighting our favourite entries for Shed of the Year 2019. So here is The Temple in Northumberland which belongs to plantsman and historian Angus McTavish (Thompson). A labour of love which took half a year to build, using mainly salvaged timber. More details at the link above.
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How to build a garden office: Parts 5 and 6 (video)


Richard Fearon started this series of videos about building a garden office back in November (you can see them all collected here) and in the latest two episodes he looks at repairing rotten doors for his shedworking construction plus some cold painting work. Both are well worth a look and quite brief.


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Monday, January 14, 2019

Joel Bird's allotment roof shed mark II


Readers will be familiar with Joel Bird's awardwinning Shed of the Year shed in 2014 as well as his excellent book The Book of Shed (and his marvellous new one just out called The Table Maker). He is now at work on a new shed build as his social media feeds show.


You can see more details of the build at his instagram feed here which also includes the electrics for his speakers and an interesting stair feature. -------------------------------------------------
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Sunday, January 13, 2019

The sermon of the garden shed


An intriguing 'sermon' by Rev Andrew Watson, minister of the Presbyterian congregations in Dunfanaghy and Carrigart in Co Donegal, in The Irish News takes as its starting point the delights of sheds. Rev Watson searches for the lessons to be learnt from shed ownership including "Firstly, if we think of the old shed, its timber rotten and its frame ready to collapse, we have our first lesson - the limitations of a patch job." An unusual take on the world of sheds and worth a quick look. ------------------------------------
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Friday, January 11, 2019

Entries are open for Shed of the Year 2019

 
A quick note to remind you that entries are now open for Shed of the Year 2019. You need to send in/upload at least two photos of your shed, an inside and an outside one, plus some details about it. Sadly, if you don't have an image with your entry, you can't win the top prize. Or indeed any of the prizes. You also need to be living in the UK/Ireland, although there is an international title at stake too for those outside the UK. As before, judges will select a shortlist of the best, the public will decide on category winners, and the judges will then pick the overall best in show. Entries from previous years will roll over although you can add new images. Good luck!
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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Sheds in The Idler


The latest issue of The Idler is out now with my usual column about sheds inside (and also about snooker for those of you interested in baizecraft). It's a look at Shed lit, the books that every shedworker and shedowner will want to have handily on his or her bookshelf featuring the likes of Jane-Field Lewis, Sally Coulthard, Kathryn Ferry, Joel Bird, and Michael Pollan. Click the link above to find out more and subscribe. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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