Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Garden office for an accountant

When Shedworking started 15 years ago, most garden offices were owned by those in creative industries (writers, artists, etc) or in IT. But times have changed and while those types of shedworkers are still very well represented, garden offices have become the workplaces for people in a very wide range of jobs. In the last couple of years, we've noticed increasing numbers of accountants going down the garden office route, and here's an example from eDEN Garden Rooms.

Pre-garden office, Daren had worked from a box room at home and done a lot of commuting, but the new build in unused space at the side of his house has fixed those problems, and indeed has been able to grow the business. Features include a lavatory and a kitchenette with space for two desks plus storage. Here's what he says about it:

"My wife works at home too and it’s so nice on a Friday to shut up the office and switch off of work for the weekend when I am able to. It really allows you to split home and work. I now also have the option to bring the more local clients to my office, which I would never have done in the box room, and I know they will be wowed by the space.”


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Monday, July 26, 2021

Soundproofed music studio

The third and final in our little mini-series of posts about building garden studios for musicians. The soundproofing for this garden office in Leicestershire was carried out by Quietco, a specialist soundproofing/sound reduction manufacturer and installer.

The actual build is rather attractive from the outside wiith Iroko horizontal wooden cladding and slate pillars. But the real magic is inside where the sounds of the guitars and drums setup have been kept entirely within the build. You can read more about the technical details here but here's a snippet: 

One of the most important aspects of any soundproof studio in the garden is the roof. Look at the thickness of the roof on this soundproof studio in this garden. This roof was designed by Jim Prior the founder of Quietco. It has three 0% condensation risk assessments approved by two major insulation companies as well as the top brass at the NFRC (National Federation of Roofing Contractors) who also approved and praised the design. It comprises of our TPS80C trademark ceiling system installed beneath 10-inch rafters and even has a meadow grass sedum roof on the top.

Well worth a browse. 


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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Ming Dynasty garden studio

A lovely little snippet from Smarthistory, a river landscape by master painter Shen Zhou (1427 - 1509) called A Spring Gathering (detail above) which is owned by the Smithsonian in Washington DC. More details at the link about the artist and the work, but this is the section that caught our eye:

Artists during the Ming Dynsaty (1368–1644) often honored their patrons by portraying them in a garden studio, thus commenting on the owner’s character and aesthetic taste. The painting here should not be taken as a realistic depiction of either Hua Fang or his property. Rather, Shen was suggesting Hua as a cultivated host in a well-designed, natural-looking garden.



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Friday, July 23, 2021

Two garden office music studios

An excellent podcast from Tonebenders called Building A Backyard Studio Roundtable looks at how two professional sound editors have put together impressive garden office setups. Al Sirkett (Bohemian Rhapsody, Swallows and Amazons, Les Misérables), whose build is pictured top, and Lucy Mitchell (EastEnders, Derry Girls, Death in Paradise), who runs LJ Studios (interior pictured above) talk about all the important aspects of why and how to set up a studio in the back garden. It's not a short listen but it's well worth it if this is something you are thinking about as these two really know their stuff.


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Thursday, July 22, 2021

Garden office studio for music producer

The first of two music-related garden office builds (the next one tomorrow), here is one for a music producer Alan by eDEN Garden Rooms. In fact it's the second one Alan has bought from eDEN - he bought his first in 2013 but then moved house some years later.

This second one with bifold doors and integrated shed store is 4.35m x 3m and as well as the normal office elements such as a desk, it is also home to various instruments including a keyboard and drum kit.  

“If we moved again, we would certainly need another garden office," said Alan. "It’s difficult to imagine life without it. I consider it to be an investment over the years, and it has paid for itself when you compare it to renting the equivalent space, with the added convenience of it being at home.”


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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

The rise and rise of the beach hut

A nice piece in The Guardian by Sirin Kale - Sun, swimming, smoking and seagulls: a day in the life of beach hut Britain - takes a stroll along the prom in Brighton and Hove and includes chats with plenty of beach hut owners, largely about the problems of locks. Some lovely photos and it gives a real sense of why people love their huts so much. Well worth a read.

Image courtesy Brighton & Hove-based Scott Jardine, the selfstyled Beach Hut Man who builds, repairs and paints beach huts.


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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

CARRavan: towable writing cabin

Life Space Cabins produce bespoke shedlike atmospheres for a wide variety of purposes. Our eye was paraticularly caught by this one, the Carravan, which was designed and constructed during lockdown. Built for a writer, it's a moveable cabin - a steel structure on a hand-built chassis with large double-glazed aluminium windows/doors, clad in angled slatted larch painted black - that can be towed by a tractor around the client's large farm in Sussex. The large amount of glass used in the build helps to, as they say, "bring the outside in" and it's also off-grid, with two drop down shutters that turn into decks. Features include a small kitchen and bathroom, but our favourite touch is a mirror on the skirt of the cabin that hides the chassis and reflects the grass it stands on. Lots more photos and details here.


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