Wednesday, July 08, 2020

How to build a musician's garden office


A marvellous detailed article at Production Expert by freelance dubbing mixer Graham Kirkman about how he moved his Luminol Audio studio from his attice into a Dolby Atmos-equipped garden studio. Here's a snippet:

To be honest my loft studio was almost perfect. No-one else used the space, it was big, it sounded great. So why did I build a new studio in my garden? Well - you’ll have noticed that I said it was ‘almost’ perfect. In the winter I could hardly feel my fingers and in the summer it was like sitting on the surface of the sun. Add to that that the boss (read wife) told me she wanted to turn it into an upstairs extension!!! So I needed a new space. Garden studio it is then…
This is one for music professionals and if that's you, then this is a must read.

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Tuesday, July 07, 2020

George Bernard Shaw's writing hut in the latest issue of the Idler


The latest issue of the Idler magazine is now out. It has my usual columns on sheds (and snooker) including a look at how George Bernard Shaw used his garden office to promote his own campaigns. Here's a snippet:
Thus, in August 1929, Shaw stood in front of his hut for a photo for Modern Mechanics & Inventions magazine to promote the idea of sunlight as a healing agent (the dramatic postures he effected for these shots were also in line with his interest in eurhythmics, the concept of developing one’s sense of rhythm through movement). He also had windows installed that were made from Vitaglass, a recent invention that allowed UV rays to come through, letting, the makers said, “health into the building”. That move, which was also picked up by newspapers, and indeed his very ownership of a hut with a turntable, placed him in the vanguard of medical thought, since rotating summerhouses were used to treat people suffering from tuberculosis.
You can read the rest - for free! - at this link.
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Monday, July 06, 2020

Garden office green roof





If you're contemplating whether or not to put a green sedum roof on top of your garden office, here's a fine example of what it can look like, courtesy devine1974.  -------------------------------------------------
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Sunday, July 05, 2020

Standen Bothy



The Shedworking staff are all members of the National Trust and spent a pleasant Saturday at Wimpole Hall in Cambridgeshire, walking the parkland and admiring the marvellous folly. Here's another wonderful example, a bothy built by the highly talented designer Will Shannon at the NT's Standen House as a tribute to the modern Arts & Crafts movement. Constructed from sandstone, Sussex bricks, handmade clay tiles and local sustainable timber, you can find it in the grounds of the property in West Sussex (booking currently required during this phase of lockdown).




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Friday, July 03, 2020

How to build a garden office by yourself (video)


It's been a while since we've had one of these speeded-up shed build videos and since it's Friday, it seems like a good day for another. Enjoy!

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Thursday, July 02, 2020

Brickwork studio


A rather impressive garden studio (the home of First World Records record label) by Somerset and south east London-based Trew Turner with an especially attractive facade produced via efflorescence using the natural salt in the bricks for the lighter colour effect. Outside it has London Yellow Stock bricks with thermalite blocks on the inside which with insulation makes it very snug. It also features an increasing popular Crittall style window and an oak herringbone floor. All the fitted furniture - bench, desk, turntable units - was made from Birch ply
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Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Tiny Salon


Tiny Salon is a marvellous moveable shedlike business, a mobile hair salon in a VW Luton Box Van operated by Laura Snellgrove in the Winchester/Southampton area. Inside the 3m x 2m internal space, it's all kitted out to a high standard (with eco-friendly haircutting features) and according to Laura replicates the full salon experience. Interestingly, Laura lives in a tiny house with her partner which they built last year




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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Cressida Cowell's path to the writing shed in June


Regular readers will have enjoyed the regular updates of the path to her garden shed of children's novelist, current Children's Laureate, and contributor to my latest bookCressida Cowell. For those new to the ongoing series, Cressida takes photos of the path to her writing shed garden office almost every month throughout the year. Pictured above is this month's late June example (see what it looked like for example in February, May and October last year).

And as a bonus, here is Felicite-Perpetue rambling over Monty Don's writing shed.


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Monday, June 29, 2020

The Home Office Pod


Another example of the way that the coronavirus effect will affect how we work comes thanks to the launch of new garden office suppliers The Home Office Pod, based in Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire just up the road from Shedworking HQ, a sister brand to Synergy Commercial Lighting.

The design itself is an attractive, 2.4m x 1.8m x 2.1m, self-assembly flat-pack 'plug and play' garden office. According to the makers, it takes two people up to five hours to build and comes complete with electrics + USB sockets, insulation, soundproofing, carpet and LED lighting.

But what's interesting is that front and centre in their marketing is that they are targeting companies who "need garden office pods for your management team". They go on to say: "Find out how much you could save with your teams working from home". Home Office Pod point to three ways that their garden offices are attractive to management:

* Maintain your office culture by providing the same experience for employees working from home
* Meet your duty of care by providing proper equipment for your staff to work safely, comfortably and efficiently
* Reduce cost significantly with your staff spending less time and money on travelling and less time being distracted whilst at home

On top of which they will help with surveying the workforce and offering tailormade solutions, plus offering various buying ranges including leasing and short term hire.

The effects of lockdown are noticeable elsewhere in the marketing literature. "Our in-grained passion for cool offices," they say, "is burning stronger than ever and if you are no longer going into the physical workplace as much then we will bring your cool office to you."  -------------------------------------------------
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