Thursday, February 25, 2021

Expensive beach hut klaxon

With the coming of the warmer weather, as sure as eggs is eggs, the media start looking around for very expensive beach huts. Once again the Mudeford Sandbank at Christchurch in Dorset provides a reliable source. The 16ft by 10ft one pictured is on the market with Denisons for £325,000 plus £4,500 rates a year (more photos at the link) but is one of the few in which you can sleep in overnight (March to October), and can technically accommodate up to seven people thanks to a sleeping loft. It also has a nice kitchen, running water and 12 volt power. On the downside, it doesn't actually face the sea, only to the lagoon nearby.


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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

How to build a pallet garden office


Here's a remarkable step-by-step guide by Roger who runs the Life of Tech website and who built a garden office out of wooden pallets during the first 2020 lockdown. It's a remarkable story and video below, particularly as Roger is by no means an experienced builder or DIY enthusiast. He brought the whole thing in for about £850. A strongly recommended read and watch.


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Monday, February 22, 2021

Coffee shop sounds for the new shedworker

I've spoken to several new shedworkers over recent months who said they're delighted with the move to a garden office, but sometimes feel a bit, not exactly lonely, but lacking in other people around them. If you don't want to play music, then how about this, very mild and quiet sounds from a café.


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Saturday, February 20, 2021

More than three quarters of people are unhappy with their work space at home

A whopping 77% of people working from home are unhappy with their ‘home office’ set-up and only 1 in 5 currently have a dedicated at homework space according to new research by Irish builders' merchants Chadwicks.

The survey of 928 people reveals that 1 in 4 enjoy working from home while half would like to see a mix of office and remote working in the future.

According to the Chadwicks survey, most households do not have a dedicated office space. A quarter say they have taken over a spare room, 17% have relocated to the kitchen, 11% are working from their bedroom while 2% have taken over the garden shed.

Although many of those polled have been working from home for almost a year, over half (56%) say they still don’t have the right office equipment. 72% admit to using common household items to help with their office set up including using their kitchen table as a desk (49%), using a dining room chair instead of work chair (53%) and over a third (34%) using books to prop up their computer. Six people polled even admit to using an ironing board as a desk.

With working from home now the ‘new normal’, it’s perhaps no surprise that almost two thirds (65%) intend to create a dedicated home office in 2021.


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Friday, February 19, 2021

Blue Forest launch new Down to Earth garden office range

Blue Forest is a treehouse specialist but they have now launched a new ground-based range of buildings targeting the rapidly growing garden office market. Its Down to Earth Collection includes models based on their treehouse designs and are all available in bespoke formats. Pictured above is The Cabin, with an interior of 18m2 and high beamed ceilings, clad in cedar with a cedar shingle roof. Below is The Oast. This comes in at 11m2, with cedar shingle turrets and a reading nook.

A third design, The Chalet, is a kind of combination of the two, and below is their largest offering, The Studio, coming in at a whopping 22m2.


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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Roald Dahl's writing shed in new film biopic

Out tomorrow is Sky Cinema's biopic To Olivia featuring Hugh Bonneville as Roald Dahl and Keeley Hawes as his wife Patricia Neal as they go through the heartbreak of losing their daughter. It's based on Stephen Michael Shearer's biography about Neal, An Unquiet Life and features Geoffrey Palmer in his last film appearance. If the trailer is anything to go by, then there will be plenty of footage of his recreated shed, interior and exterior.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Shed of the Year 2021 entries open

Cuprinol Shed Of The Year is back for another lockdown incarnation of the longrunning competition. More than 100 people have already entered their sheds ahead of the official launch of the 15th shed-off.

Entrants can submit their creations in one of the seven categories for the chance to win the prize of  £1,000 and £100 worth of Cuprinol products. This includes the new Lockdown category introduced last year to recognise the incredible shed-based efforts seen during 2020.

Last year’s winner Daniel Holloway impressed judges with his nature-inspired refuge Bedouin Tree-Shed built around two tree trunks in his back garden and decorated with vintage etchings and specimens of butterflies. Daniel gave his £1,000 prize money to environmental charity Trees for Cities and since winning has continued to develop his shed, using Victorian quarry tiles for a patio, connecting the shed to an area used as a fire pit.


Founder and Head Judge, Andrew Wilcox known more informally to the shed world as Uncle Wilco, said: “Since the competition started, we’ve seen some brilliantly creative uses of sheds across the UK. Over the past year, we’ve seen people retreat to their sheds as a place of respite and sanctuary and the imagination going into them has been particularly impressive. We cannot wait to see the amazing ways people have used their sheds this year.”

Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director at Cuprinol, adds: “Our garden sheds are more than just a place to put our tools - they are a wonderful creative outlet for an individual’s unique artistic vision. Over the years, sheds have become an extension of the home and one of the most important rooms in the house. And this past year we’ve seen people transcend the boundaries of what we think a shed could be and working on them has a much-needed passion project during a time of uncertainty and instability.”

This year’s categories are:

  • Budget 

  • Cabin/Summerhouse 

  • Pub & Entertainment 

  • Unexpected / Unique 

  • Workshop/Studio

  • Nature’s Haven 

  • Lockdown

Entries can be submitted via up to April 12. The shortlist will then be selected by a panel of judges before the public vote opens to select the nation’s favourite shed for 2021. 


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