Tuesday, January 21, 2020

A year of garden offices

Swift Garden Rooms have put together a kind of 2019 Greatest Hits of their builds from last year. Here are our three favourites from that list, starting with the art studio of  Rachel Camilleri above.

Next is this intriguingly designed garden building with an unusual facade which contains a pool table and gym equipment but doubles as a bedroom for guests.

And finally, another all-purpose garden room, again with attractive bespoke exterior design features.
Tuesday posts are sponsored by Garden Spaces, suppliers of contemporary garden buildings, offices, gyms and studios, many of which do not require planning

Monday, January 20, 2020

Yoga Dojo

A beautiful yoga dojo from MW Architects which has three distinct spaces for yoga and meditation  with exposed brickwork internatlly as well as exteranally. Features include an exposed metalwork grid roof open to the main space, outside hot tub in the courtyard, and separate lavatory. Lots more luscious photos here.  -------------------------------------------------
Monday posts are sponsored by garden2office, the Swedish garden office specialists. Click here for more details.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Garden office and family room combined

An interesting L-shaped garden office build from Vivid Green which works both as a working space in the front left corner and family space to the back, particularly popular with the teenagers of the family. Features include a matching grey composite decking area, toilet and washbasin, programmable underfloor heating. The whole thing is clad with our old friend Western Red Cedar except to the rear where they used cement particle board painted in grey weather shield paint instead to comply with fire regulations (it's very close to a boundary fence).
Friday posts are sponsored by Warwick Buildings, manufacturers of outstanding quality timber buildings. Click here for more information.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Garden office home gym pods

New Year, new shedlike fitness resolution? Home gyms are one of the shedworkingesque success stories of the last decade and grown in popularity throughout whatever we're calling the 2010s. Jordan Caulfield from Green Retreats (which has two showrooms in Westcott and Twickenham, no appointments needed, examples pictured above) is a big believer in insulated and durable home gyms at the end of the garden.

"Incorporating a healthier lifestyle with regular visits to the gym has never been so easy," he says. "Installed in the garden, home gyms are private and allow for intense gym sessions without having to extend homes or travel to and from a public gym. Garden gyms take minimal time to construct, and cause no disruption to home life. Bring the gym environment to your home, and make keeping in shape simple.

"Just a short walk down the garden, our home gyms are changing the fitness world by promoting fitness at home. Those who avoid attending busy local gyms now have a solution to exercise in privacy with peace and quiet for an affordable price."

Thursday posts are sponsored by Cabin Master: garden offices and studios to fit any size garden. Top quality contemporary or traditional buildings.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

She Shed Living

One of the most positive elements of shedworking that we always emphasise when interviewed is that it has welcomed women into what had previously been a very male-dominated shed world. The concept of 'she sheds' has really come of age in the last few years and so we're delighted to point readers towards California-based She Shed Living, run by Erika Kotite (author of She Sheds: A Room of Your Own and She Sheds Style: Make Your Space Your Own) and designer Sabrina Contreras.  Here's what they say about their mission
She Shed Living is about enjoying a place that is all yours, an escape from your hectic life. Whether it’s a pretty shed, a sunny greenhouse or a private backyard arbor, women’s personal spaces are sacred and essential in their chronically busy lives. We’ve built a website filled with stories, projects, tips and uniquely wonderful products especially for those who seek solace after working and caring for others. Here you’ll find inspiration to build, design and decorate a unique studio or shed. You’re able to connect with kindred spirits – women like you as well as interesting people completely different from you. Sharing and celebrating the backyard/outdoor life is firmly encouraged!
They also have their own range of sheds produced in collaboration with A Place to Grow (pictured above). Well worth a long browse.

Wednesday’s posts are sponsored by Norwegian Log Buildings  - Log cabins and garden buildings for a better quality of life. Click here for more details.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Garden room with curved glass sliding doors


Here's an early look at the designs for an intriguing new garden office build from Rotunda Roundhouses. Founder and spatial designer Gemma Roe explains the details:

"A client of ours in Sussex has commissioned us to design and build an incredible Rotunda 6m Garden Room for entertaining and dinner events. The building itself has a composite slate terracotta roof and deep canopy. Built with an en-suite w/c and finished with underfloor heating and a bespoke paint finish, this is set to be one of our most glamorous garden buildings yet."

The glass has now arrived from Balconette Window Systems and been very carefully stored. Below is an example from Balconette of how curved glass doors look in real life. We look forward to bringing you photos from the Rotunda build later in the year on Shedworking.


Tuesday posts are sponsored by Garden Spaces, suppliers of contemporary garden buildings, offices, gyms and studios, many of which do not require planning

Monday, January 13, 2020

Garden office before and after (videos)

It's been a while since we've had a time lapse garden office build, so here's a really nice one, a build in seven minutes.

And that's followed by an equally nice, though normal speed, before and after of the same build. Well worth a watch also.
Monday posts are sponsored by garden2office, the Swedish garden office specialists. Click here for more details.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Children's steam engine play shed

As the hunt for Shed of the Year 2020 gets underway, one of the early frontrunners already must be this marvellous wooden steam train playhouse which comes with its own narrow gauge railway tracks. The whole build is largely recycled wood, old cable drums, and sleepers.


Sunday posts are sponsored by eDEN Garden Rooms. Stunning, bespoke high quality garden rooms, to suit your unique space and style

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Garden office 3D virtual showroom

We always recommend taking a look at a showroom or at another shedworker's build before taking the plunge into paying for a new garden office. Sometimes though, that's just not practical, so virtual  3D showrooms are another good bet. Here's a great new one from Norwegian Log, pictured above in a more static state, with 360 degree tours of various buildings, including log homes, an annexe and two garden office models, 6m x 4m and 7m x4m. Click the link above to see it in action (works best on a phone or tablet).
Saturday posts are sponsored by iHUS Projects, specialists in the design and build of granny annexes for elderly and disabled care.