Sunday, June 24, 2018

Temple Folly


Here's the new Temple Folly range from Smart Garden Offices. Above is the smallest, the Micro, at
2.8m x 2.8m (one day installation), and below is the Quinto at a much less micro 7.1m x 3.9m (two to three days installation). There are three more sizes between them, with full or half New England panelling a new feature in addition to all the usual fixtures and fittings.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Shed Series


UK readers will be familiar with Songs from the Shed, Jon Earl's marvellous acoustic recording sessions in his North Somerset shed, but may not be aware that there is a similar project in Mancester, Alabama in the USA called The Shed Series.

It's run by Axel and Susan Barron from the shed in their backyard in the Avondale area right next to a centurion oak tree (shades of Folk by the Oak). Musicians are personally invited to play monthly from April to October and perform on the porch/stage. It's as intimate and atmospheric a concert venue as you could possibly wish for.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Arrow-shaped garden room


Here's an interesting arrow-shaped garden room in Rickmansworth from eDEN Garden Rooms for a keen gardener and their multi-generational family who wanted a shedlike atmosphere to follow the line of the trees.

Features include a large deck, double sliding doors, eco-toilet, and small portable kitchenette, as well as an artificial turf roof. There's also a large built-in store shed for gardening equipment.

"As the garden room was to be built in a spot near to a tree with a preservation order, our client therefore needed to gain planning permission," says eDEN's Mia Walmsley. "Our knowledgeable team put the client in touch with an arborist to ensure proper procedure was taken to protect the tree, and we obtained full planning permission on behalf of our client."
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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Garden office case studies: artist's studio, writing shed, craft room, ceramic workshop


A nice piece about the varied shedworkers working in Garden Affairs buildings in The Bristol Magazine. Above is Max Ryan's Studio 61 workspace and here's a snippet from the article:
Max Ryan wanted a studio where she could run art classes and operate her picture framing and photography business. She didn’t want the expense and hassle of having to rent a studio, which she would have to commute to, so talked to Garden Affairs about installing a large log cabin in her garden in Frome. Max chose a substantial cabin, nine metres wide and four metres deep, with windows and three additional skylights. Inside, along with the main studio space, two smaller rooms were created for a cloakroom and a private office. Max’s business Studio 61 is now well established and she says she relishes the short commute and the fact that she can take Howard her dog to work with her. The studio is so warm and comfortable that she has even been able to run life-drawing classes for her students.
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Monday, June 18, 2018

The rise of the shoffice


Sharon Dale, the best property writer in the UK, has put together a nice piece in the Yorkshire Post about shedworking, garden offices, and the rise of the shoffice. There are plenty of quotes from me about the whole issue as well as from Sheree Foy, a property consultant and buying agent who runs Source Harrogate – The Property Finders who is a recent convert to shedworking and now recommends it to clients. Here's what she told Sharon:
“Clients often ask me for advice when looking to buy a home that just needs a little more accommodation or if their existing houses need a bit of a space injection. I ask if they have thought about a garden office, gym or chillout space. The looks on people’s faces tell me that an image of a shed has sprung to mind – damp and freezing in winter and hot and humid in summer.”

To remove this notion, she shows them her Shoffice, constructed in western red cedar. Built by Ripon-based Oeco Garden Rooms, it measures five metres by four metres and costs £22,000 after she specified a number of upgrades including inset LED lights plus acoustic slab insulation in the walls and floor, acoustic plasterboard and acoustic Planitherm glass, which reduces noise from outside.
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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Dylan Thomas's Boat House writing shed

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Temple Folly


Smart Garden Offices are about to unveil their new Temple Folly range which will be available in seven sizes, with unlimited windows, full insulation and built using the company's trademarked TuSc construction method. It will be added to Smart Garden Offices catalogue in August and you can get a peak of it here on Shedworking and on Smart's website on June 22. There will also be an exclusive introductory offer.

Smart are also celebrating as they have just been confirmed as finalists for the Medium Business of the year in the Suffolk Business Awards 2018.
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Thursday, June 14, 2018

The rise of the shoffice super-shed


"Step into my shoffice!" gasps the Daily Mail in their follow-up to a similar story in The Times (both hard on the heels of the Telegraph's piece last month). "£70,000 super-sheds where you can ditch the commute to work from home replace mega-basements as the latest must-have." Lots of great images at both links and interesting that Robin Chatwin from Savills Estate Agents tells the Thunderer: "Being a temporary structure, it won't command the same value per square foot as the house but it could up the value of a property by about £50,000."

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

IKEA'S new RUMTID range: designs for small spaces


Of interest to shedworkers will be IKEA's new collection (named RUMTID) which will be launching in 2020 and aims to "explore the future needs of urban, small space living". The first products feature an all new lightweight material, and air purifiers (as well as a mini-garden, pictured top) and have a space theme.

“We want to learn from extreme scenarios and connect them back to Earth, focusing on urbanization and small space living”, said Siri Skillgate, one of five designers involved in the range who have examined capsule hotels and urban small space living for their inspiration, especially in terms of storage.

The new lightweight material is made of veneer rolled into hollow tubes (pictured above, and as a shelf). By cutting the tubes into different lengths and clamping them together, the designers say that they can build just about anything, from sofas and wardrobes to beds (and perhaps garden offices?).

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