Friday, May 07, 2021

Modulr Space: Sustainable garden offices

Modulr Space is a new garden office supplier, based in Hertfordshire and run by Jo van Riemsdijk as a sideshoot from the FDArchitecture architectural practice which specialises in luxury retail and commercial projects for clients such as Rothys, Selfridges, and Versace.

As well as looking particularly lovely, they are very keen to emphasise the environmentally-friendly elements of the buildings, using expanded cork (carbon negative), Accoya cladding (FSC Gold), EPDM, SMILE plastics (recycled plastic waste, 100% recycled and 100% recyclable), and SUNFLEX UK aluminium glazing system. 

"The use of natural materials such as cork help out units blend into the natural environment, and we don’t use concrete, we use ground screws for our foundations, " Jo told Shedworking. "We have an in house interior designer who will work with clients to help them personalise their space. The unit walls internally are covered with Camira or Kvadrat fabrics which are very sustainable and we offer a series of colourways. We will be adding to our range consistently with new and innovative designs that embrace biophilic ideologies." 


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Thursday, May 06, 2021

His and hers artists studios

Two impressive garden studios for a painter and a sculptor couple in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, from Soup Architects (which won them the RIBA East award) who describe them as "configured to create a tranquil, contemplative space in the garden". The 40sq/m and 60sq/m spaces replaced an old workshop and garage and include plenty of insulation, electric panel heaters, and a system for diverting rainwater to the nearby pond. Each studio has a timber and steel frame and is clad in corrugated fibre cement, while the interiors have painted chipboard linings. Other features include slanted roofs and plenty of skylights plus a small decking between the two studios.

Photos: Peter Cook


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Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Mökki garden offices

Mökki is the garden office sideshoot of Totnes-based Field Studio Architects who have been in the shedworking business for a decade. There are 20 layout/size variations on the main shape, all fully insulated and double glazed, and take two days to erect on site (including foundations). As well as nicely designed, all timber comes from FSC certified plantations, their building boards have zero formaldehyde content, and all their Osmo finishing products have low volatile organic compounds (VOC) content. Structural panels and windows are made with spruce plywood which offers an interesting interior feel, while the exterior cladding is Siberian Larch which weathers nicely to grey. 


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Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Hexagonal garden office on stilts

Some marvellous eye candy for Tuesday. These marvellous garden pods and treehouses are designed and built by the family-run Somerset-based Tre3dom as garden offices or of course the usual multitude of uses. Strongly influenced and inspired by naturally-occuring hexagonal and pentagonal shapes, they are clad in larch and include various add-ons such as underfloor heating as well as all the usual must-haves in terms of insulation, lighting, electrics, etc. Of course you don't have to have them on stilts if you'd rather be on terra firma.


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Monday, May 03, 2021

Home Office of the Year 2021

Shed of the Year run by is obviously the Oscars of the industry, but there are also some great BAFTAs and Golden Globes equiavalents. Brand new on the block is Wickes Home Office Awards 2021 sponsored by the wellknown home improvement retailer, hard on the back of its recently launched new fitted Home Office range in March this year.

There will be two rounds to the Wickes Home Office Awards resulting in five shortlisted winners (£150 voucher each) and one overall winner (£1,000 Wickes vouchers). These are the categories:

● The Minimalist Master Award – for best use of limited space, such as the bedroom wardrobe, under the stairs, making use of alcoves, and transformer furniture

● Best Interior and Mindful Design Award – the home office which is the most stylish with colour and fun accessories yet bears in mind comfort and wellbeing

● Cleaning Up in the Kitchen Award – a home office in the kitchen area

● The Sensational Shed Award – a garden office/studio, converted shed or any general external space outside of the home

● The Savviest Set-Up – a productive working space designed and created on a tight budget

The judges are television presenter and property experts Phil Spencer, interior designer Ben Hillman, and buyers for Wickes’ new Home Office and Hub Garden range. 

Phil Spencer said: “If lockdown has taught us anything, it’s how to make the most of the space we have. For many, that has meant getting creative to provide a suitable place to work and separate it from our home life. I’ve seen some amazing examples of this and as homeworking continues to increase, a home office space is likely to become as sought after as an en suite or garage."

To enter visit Wickes Facebook, Instagram or Twitter page and follow the instructions to share a picture of you in your working from home space using the hashtag #WickesHomeOfficeAwards. Entries are open until 17 May and entrants must live in the UK and be over 18. 

Image courtesy Plankbridge


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Sunday, May 02, 2021

Claire & Tom’s garden studio

A joyous garden office studio in Walthamstow, London, for young couple Claire and Tom by Zminkowska De Boise Architects, used in particular to work from home by Claire, a clinical neuropsychologist, but also by Tom, a building services designer. Regular readers of Shedworking know that the stuff love any kind of underground build and this studio is sunk several steps below ground level to fit perfectly into its surroundings.

The timber-framed garden office itself is clad in dark green steel cladding sheets, with a lacquered oak door and yellow powder-coated aluminium window (with matching hammock), all giving a deliberate old fashioned mixed media feel. The floor is blue terrazzo-patterned sheet rubber, while the walls and ceiling are lined with oiled birch plywood. Other features include a sedum roof, built-in flower bed, patio, and low level walls.

Photos:Tom Cronin


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Friday, April 30, 2021

Shed names in new Idler magazine

The latest issue of the Idler magazine is out featuring my regular column on the world of garden offices and microarchitecture in general - this time I look at the names people call their sheds. If you want to find out what Sally Coulthard, author of Shed Chic, Shed Decor, and How to Build a Shed, calls hers, you'll have to buy a copy (ideally on subscription)... And for those who also like snooker, I focus my cue on the importance of keeping fit to perform on the green baize.


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