Friday, August 03, 2018

Annual holidays

The Shedworking staff have awarded themselves a holiday and scarpared off to the seaside for a paddle, a nice sit down in a beach hut, and an ice cream. Normal service will be resumed shortly.

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Cynan Jones: Shedworker

Author Cynan Jones (The Dig, Cove, The Edge Of The Shoal, BBC National Short Story Award Winner) lives and works in Aberaeron, Wales. He is also a shedworker. Here's how he describes his working environment to electric literature:
"I have a shed. I came home to write from Glasgow where I’d been working for five years as a copywriter. I promised myself I’d come home when I was twenty-eight and give myself two years to write a book. I lived in a shed in my Mum’s garden, which I still work in. I also built a writing room into our house. They are sacrosanct places. No one else goes in them. There’s nothing particular I have to have (other than pens, blank paper and a window) but I am incredibly protective of my writing space."
He also lives in a log cabin which he built himself. Here's what he told the BBC:
"When I am in need of inspiration for my writing, I step out of mother's shed and walk 50 metres to the edge of a cliff where I can be immersed in this extraordinary Cardigan Bay landscape," says Jones."
There's an excellent podcast of him recorded last month talking about "'the square mile' in Welsh culture, the experience of re-telling stories, and the spark that sends him to the writing shed to get a pending novel down on the page" at the Royal Literary Fund site here.

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Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Kudvha makes Wood Awards 2018 shortlist

The excellent Wood Awards which aims 'to recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood' has announced its 2018 shortlist. Among them is the marvellous wilderness cabin Kudvha, designed by New British Design.

Kudhva means ‘hideout’ in Cornish and these cabins in Tintagel, Cornwall, are the start of a larger project looking at micro architecture. Ideal as an off-grid shedworkingesque office, they each sleep two, are 7m tall, and are made from pine, larch, rubber, steel and glass.

Here's what the judges say about it in the shortlisting:
The Kudhva are a physical manifestation of the client’s approach to natural living. The cabins are made predominately from wood, chosen to act as a lightweight counter to the site’s industrial past. The natural habitat is ecologically rich, therefore the cabins have been designed to touch lightly on the land. The cabins have been designed to be totally off-grid and are temporary structures that can be moved around the site or removed in years to come.
Best of all you can stay in one and here's an account of what it's like.

Kudhva: Installation/Occupation Edit#2 from ben huggins on Vimeo. ------------------------------------------
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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Garden office research and development

An interesting short piece by Charlie Dalton of Smart Garden Offices and micro living specialists Zedbox about investment in the future, R&D tax credits, and government support packages. Here's a snippet:
We've always been tech-led, and new product development has been core to our astronomical growth over the last few years (Smart has quadrupled in size in just 4 years) but it had always been incidental to the business and, in truth, rather ad-hoc. We started our concerted R&D programme quite gently with an in house team and small barn separate from our main factory in late 2016, but by mid 2017 it became quite apparent that we needed to create more resource to accommodate our internal demand. Hence we created our own high-tech resource and recruited an exceptional team of individuals to propel and improve our products to become world class
Well worth a read, whether you're a supplier or a shedworker. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Monday, July 30, 2018

Garden office covered with ivy

A lovely garden office writing studio designed by Matt Gibson Architecture and Interior Design Studio from Melbourne, Australia, in conjuntion with Ben Scott Garden Design. Covered with Boston Ivy, it is 107 sq ft, run using solar power, and built using sustainably sourced wood. Inside, the walls are covered with special plywood panels. Here's what the architects say about it:
"The notion of the Writer's Shed holds a particularly romantic allure for many - at once, a specific and mysterious realm of creative and imaginative conception. It provides a sanctuary away from the distractions of the world - both the physical and mental space for a wandering mind to roam."
Images by Shannon McGrath and more images here. -------------------------------------------------
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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Free tickets for The London Homebuilding & Renovating Show

The London Homebuilding & Renovating Show is returning to ExCeL (September 21 - 23),  sponsored this year by Checkatrade and Nethouseprices. Across three full days, visitors can speak to over 500 exhibitors and access free advice sessions, seminars and masterclasses on essential topics which can tackle any problem, from implementing the latest intelligent security systems to funding a remodelling project.

We've arranged that all readers of Shedworking can claim a free pair of tickets. Simply click and follow the instructions. Please note that tickets must be redeemed before on 3pm on 20 September 2018 and see the Terms and Conditions below.

1. A pair of tickets is worth £16 based on the advanced ticket price and £24 on the door. Tickets are valid for entry on one day of the exhibition. Children aged 16 years and under are able to attend free of charge.

2. Please note that the free daily seminars and masterclasses can’t be booked in advance but visitors should arrive early to each slot to guarantee a seat. Please see more about seminar and workshop timetable via the show website here

3. The one-on-one appointments can only be booked on entry to the show and are offered on a first come first served basis. Arrive early to avoid disappointment.

To retrieve their tickets, readers must click on the link, fill out their details and print off their tickets to take to the show. Tickets must be redeemed before the link expires on 3pm the day before each event. ------------------------------------
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Friday, July 27, 2018

The Cave Company

Building garden rooms using former shipping containers became very popular half a dozen years ago and Wetherby-based The Cave Company speciailises in doing just that. Obviously made of metal, they come with fully-insulated walls, roofs and flolors, built-in vapour barriers and a de-humidfier. Because they can be easily craned in and out, you can take them with you if you move home. Optional extras include wooden decking, green roof, and sun awnings.
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Thursday, July 26, 2018

How to build a timber-framed yurt

If you like yurts and fancy building your own, Rotunda Roundhouses has an interesting case study on their site following the progress of Paul Irish from Somerset-based The Yurt Retreat.

"His vision was for a Roundhouse he could design and build himself to the standards and aesthetics which would tie in with his existing style," says Gemma Roe, owner of Rotunda. His site already had four luxury 20ft yurts (not to mention a treehouse, luxury shepherds huts and boutique barn conversions), so Paul was after something that would fit well among that selection.

"Guided by his requirements, Rotunda designed and built the cassettes only, the structural framework, and provided him with the  walls and the roof panels which cleverly slot into their positions and bolt onto the structural steelwork at the dome aperture," explains Gemma. "As with all of our self-build kits, we always install the structure and leave it watertight prior to handing it over to the client on site. In this instance, we erected the walls and roof. We gave him the bolt-on service of  tiling the roof with the 100% recycled flexible eco-slates and then left Paul and his team to work their magic."

Click the link at the top of this post for more details and photos of the build.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Art studio

It's nice to see shots of a garden office in situ to give some idea of how they look in the real world outside the loveliness of brochures. Here's a good example of an art studio in Sussex belonging to artist Vivienne Shanahan, built by Green Studios, and overlooking the rest of the garden and house. Originally she had been using the dining room as a work area but realised that she needed a separate space.

The spec included natural cedar wood flooring, open board cladding, and sliding doors, the whole build requiring planning permission because of its location in a national park.


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