Sunday, July 21, 2019

Garden office feature of the week: store deck and ladder

Time for a new regular feature to invigorate Sunday posts. Welcome then 'Garden office feature of the week' in which we will post some of our favourite garden office features that don't always come as standard. First out of the blocks is this store deck and ladder setup from Homestead Garden Rooms (the company behind the first Shedworking HQ) who point out that: "With any small business, storage can be an issue very quickly. With a store deck and ladder, you’ll instantly gain that much-needed storage space for any equipment or stock you may have." ---------------------------------------

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Black garden office

We've looked at black garden offices before on Shedworking as they seem to be gaining in popularity. Here's another one, owned by Emma who lives in a ground floor flat in London which happily has a decent-sized garden in which to locate this garden office from Malvern Garden Buildings. It's a workspace for her to work on her illustrations and her partner to play the guitar, plus the occasional spot of entertaining friends. Here's what she says about it:
"I think the dark makes it blend in to the garden but also look smart and sophisticated. The garden itself goes from English country garden to tropical around the seating area in front of the garden room. With our love of the sea and surf, we wanted the garden room to be a little beachy pocket of our house, we went with a modern approach and chose a bohemian, scandi style with beach hut influences."

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Friday, July 19, 2019

What is your ideal garden office?

Although there are many ways of making your garden office feel exactly like home, we're all slightly constrained by the circumstances of our back gardens. In an interview with, Helen Peters talks about her excellent new book Anna at War and was also asked about her garden office wishlist...
Q: Can you describe your ideal writers' shed, and where it would be?

A: This is something I think about a lot! Whenever I visit a stately home with a beautiful summerhouse in the garden, I redecorate it in my imagination as my writing shed.

So my ideal writing shed wouldn't really be a shed at all, but a grand summerhouse with brick walls, tiled floors and a high ceiling. All along the front wall would be floor-to-ceiling French windows, and the other walls would be lined with books. I would have a big table facing the windows, and a fireplace in one wall, so I could keep cosy with a log fire in the winter.

The summerhouse would be in a garden full of flowers and fruit trees and singing birds, and all around the garden would be woods and hills. The garden would be walled on three sides, but at the front it would open out on to a lake. When I needed a break from writing, I would swim in the lake or walk in the woods and hills. 

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Building a garden office: Part 7

One of the garden office builds we've been following this year is nearing completion. Web designer and developer Jack McConnell is now at stage 7 of the build (you can see the others here) and the video below shows him building and insulating the roof, adding OSB boards to his side walls, and weatherproofing the whole build. There's a very nice surprise right at the end of the video...

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Holloway Lightbox

A great design and build by London-based architects Studio Bark in Leyton, London, called Holloway Lightbox. This garden office is used as a photography studio, an office for a screenwriter, and also as occasional extra family space. The 1,200 handmade coloured tiles took three weeks to make and are a nod to the digital age, representing a pixelated facade. Here's what they say about it:
"This modern yet sustainable skin [made using waste timber fibres] presents an emphatic juxtaposition between new and old, incorporating chalky surface tones, helping to complement the rigid Victorian masonry adjacent."
The final design features an asymetrical pitched roof and a fixed rooflight. It's also available as an Air bnb rental.

Photos by Jon Holloway.

Holloway Lightbox from ALVIN HUNG on Vimeo.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Musician's garden studio: before and after

Here's a fascinating 'before and after' 15sqm garden office build by architectural design studio made with volume for a jazz pianist in Forest Gate, east London. Above is how it looks now and below is the garden shed they had to work with...

Here's what they say about it: "We kept what was salvageable from the dilapidated existing structure and created a highly insulated space for our client to compose, arrange and relax from. Not a bad spot to work from! We have approached the project with a sensibility in terms of budget and materials that will allow the client to undertake some works themselves with some external help. The project involves upgrading the existing structure and replace elements that are either damaged or not fit for purpose."

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

Monday, July 15, 2019

Garden office counselling room

A counselling room designed and built by Garden Affairs in Hove, East Sussex. It's one of their Linea garden room range coming in at 3m x 2m, is fully insulated, double-glazed, has paint-stained walls and painted doors/windows.  -------------------------------------------------
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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Thoreau's Walden Pond cabin: stud sections and nails

Some fascinating artefacts from the godfather of shedworking Henry David Thoreau's famous cabin. The block of wood above measures 10 x 23 x 10 cm and the two nails approximately 8 and 16 cm. -----------------------------------
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Friday, July 12, 2019

Allotment shed roof

Here is former Shed of the Year winner Joel Bird enjoying his new shed roof allotment. Pictured below are more images of him setting up its irrigation system as he admits that the roof gets quite hot and dry plus a plan of what crops he plans to grow. If you're planning something similar, remember that it's going to be pretty heavy - here's a good guide to green roof weights.

Below is a reminder of his original 2014-awardwinning Shed of the Year design with fellow shedworker George Clarke.

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