Friday, April 20, 2018

Bringing the garden into the garden office


An interesting build for tourism specialists Evolable Asia in Ho Chi Minh City designed by  07 Beach and Studio Happ to provide a relaxing environment conducive to working by incorporating garden-like indoor green spaces elements including plant-lined walls, 'turf' carpets, and gazebos. According to Evolable: "The lawn mound works as seats at an event, lounge to relax and meeting place in an intimate atmosphere.. The undulating lawn ground and living plants stand up from it gives a sense as if being in a park or a field."
 




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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Urban shedworking


Spotted just off Savile Row in London by the eagle-eyed Guy Boulton. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Dylan Thomas' Writing Shed as wall art, t-shirt, duvet cover and drawstring bag


Photographer Steve Purnell has turned his smashing shot taken through the window of the famous writing shed in Laugharne and turned it into all manner of things to buy at his Redbubble site here. ---------------------------------------------------------
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Monday, April 16, 2018

Pamela Butchart: (Secret Seven) Shedworker

Dundee-based author Pamela Butchart already has more than a dozen novels under her belt but the next one is especially keenly-anticipated since it is a continuation of Enid Blyton's Secret Seven series which she has written in her own writing shed. Here's what she told the Scottish Sun about it:
“It took me until the age of 34, but I finally got a garden shed just like the young detectives... Growing up, I always lived in council tenement flats and all I ever wanted was my own garden and Secret Seven shed... But the shed I use now is a bit pimped up. It has underfloor heating and all of my Secret Seven books are lined up.”
The Mystery of the Skull is published in July and you can see lots more photos of Pamela in her shed - including some ginger beer - at photographer Michael Schofield's site here. -------------------------------------------------
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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Working from home is less stressful: New report


 New research conducted from Canada Life Group Insurance suggests that shedworking and working from home generally offers a far less stressful work environment than more 'traditional' approaches.

The study indicates that nearly 10 million workers suffer from workplace-related stress and anxiety - most importantly, a third of workers in cubicles and open plan offices are regularly affected by workplace stress compared to one in six of those who work from home. Moreover, more than three quarters of people who are offered and take flexible working options say that their productivity has increased as a result.
 
“It is important to keep in mind that not everybody operates in the same way and being flexible with your staff can often mean creating a better working environment and increased engagement," said Paul Avis, Marketing Director of Canada Life. "For example, flexible working not only has the benefit of improving work-life balance but can also have a positive influence on overall employee health. People want to give their best, but we are all leading increasingly busy and “always-on” lives. Allowing employees to fit in time to exercise, drop off and collect their children from school or start/finish earlier or later can make an enormous difference to productivity. It also demonstrates that employers care about their staff and are prepared to move beyond a one-size-fits-all approach to ensure employees work at their best, which can only be a good thing for companies."

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Sunday, April 08, 2018

10 free pairs of tickets to Grand Designs Live to give away


Shedworking has teamed up with Grand Designs Live to give you the chance to claim one of 10 free pairs of tickets, worth up to £34 each, to the UK’s leading contemporary home show Grand Designs Live at the ExCeL, proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements.

This inspiring event, presented by design guru and TV broadcaster, Kevin McCloud, at ExCeL London from 5 –13 May, will see an array of new exhibitors, features and stages alongside established favourites.

To claim your free pair of tickets head to www.granddesignslive.com and use the code SHED2018 before April 16.

Terms and Conditions:
Tickets can only be claimed online and cannot be claimed by any other method. Tickets are available for use on 8th, 9th, 10th or 11th May 2018 only. Tickets cannot be exchanged for cash, are not transferable and cannot be duplicated. There are only 10 pairs of tickets available which will be issued on a first come, first serve basis. Once all tickets have been claimed, the code will no longer work. You must print your own tickets and show them at the entrance to Grand Designs Live on the date you have chosen. Failure to print your tickets could result in refusal of entry. In the event of any dispute, the show’s organisers, Media 10 Ltd have the right to refuse admission. Call the ticket hotline on 0844 854 134. ------------------------------------
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Thursday, April 05, 2018

The Cooking Shed


Owned and run by winner of BBC1's Yes Chef! Regan Anderton, The Cooking Shed runs shed-based cookery lessons in Kent for adults and children, as well as private dining experiences.
The Cooking Shed launch day from regan anderton on Vimeo. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Moving to Somerset and need a garden office?


Then here's the very thing. On with Lodestone Property for £615,000, the five-bedroom Bridge Cottage in Henley, Langport, is a lovely former river keeper's cottage dating back to the 1750s. Best of all, the outside space includes a garden office with a mezzanine sleep area, electricity, wifi, and marvellous rural views (not to mention a log storre and another shed for tools/bikes). -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Monday, April 02, 2018

Viking Bauhutte workshop and artist's studio

Viking Bauhutte - Workshop/Studio from Garden #shedoftheyear

Photographer Chris Walter has come up with what must already be in the running for Shed of the Year 2018. He uses his Bauhutte - inspired partly by Noggin the Nog - for a variety of things but especially for designing and building cameras. It has running water, full electrics and an antique Norwegian stove, but there are also many lovely touches such as the dragon handles (below).


The whole build is inspired by a Ben Law design with curved shingle walls and roof and wood roundel covered doors. Plenty of the construction material including insulation has been recycled from other buildings. And the term 'bauhutte'? Here's Chris's explanation:
The name Bauhutte comes from the middle ages when all the craftsmen and artisans would stay in a shed on site - the Bauhutte - and discuss their building and design ideas and drink tea (or mead). This idea of keeping art, design and craft together was revisited in the early 20th century when Bauhutte became Bauhaus.
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Sunday, April 01, 2018

How do I get wifi in my garden office?


 No apologies for returning to this subject which is always close to the hearts of shedworkers. A nice roundup of the possibilities from Garden Room Masters which gives a brief rundown of the most popular ways of ensuring you stay online in your garden office. In short the options they look at are:

* Using your home power lines with Devolo (strongly recommended by the Garden Room Masters team)
* hardwiring via an Ethernet Cable (good, but you need to dig a big trench in your garden)
* wifi booster (may be tricky depending on your garden office insulation)
* point to point
* Point to Multi-Point

Well worth a read. The whole post is here.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Brexit and garden offices


An interesting segment about the effect of Brexit on companies in the east of England on BBC Look East (you can watch it on the iPlayer today but it expires this evening) features workers from the Smart Garden Offices and Zedbox family, as well as its founder Charlie Dalton. Well worth a quick watch. It starts at the 14 minutes in stage. -------------------------------------------------------
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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Dog grooming salon



Garden2Office has recently finished its first dog grooming salon, from the company's Malmo range which includes Velux skylights and a galvanised steel roof. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Installing a garden office-summerhouse with limited access



One regular issue we field here at Shedworking HQ is about garden size, prospective shedworkers concerned that their garden is too small (possible, but there are some very small models out there) or that access to their garden is too tricky.

Here's an example of what can be done, a 5.3m x 3m garden office room with a 1.2m wide storage to the right-hand side and triple bi-fold doors from eDEN Garden Rooms in Richmond, as the company's Mia Walmsley explains:

"The entire garden within which this project was to be built already had a full artificial lawn laid, plus an existing shed on the garden room site. So, the very first job for the eDEN Garden Rooms team was to remove the shed, and cut back the artificial turf, retaining it for the customer and ensuring that it was protected and kept in tip-top condition throughout the site build.

"As the customer’s property was terraced, all materials and equipment needed to be bought through the house into the garden, where the full construction took place. eDEN’s flexible two-method build approach, and use of non-invasive screw pile foundations, means that even when there isn’t side access at a property, we can still carefully bring everything through the house and complete the project with minimal disruption."

Interestingly, because the garden room covers the full width of the garden and is tight to the boundaries, eDEN used concrete panels on the side and back which cannot be seen but are entirely maintenance-free and weatherproof. Cedar panelling was over-clad to the fence-line to make it look pleasing. ---------------------------------------------------------
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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Garden offices can add more than £30,000 to the value of your property


It is possible to add more than £30,000 to the value of your home with a garden office or garden room, according to new research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and the HomeOwners Alliance (HOA).

Findings from a study into the projects which can add the most value to your home in the shortest space of time and in particular parts of the country indicate that building a rougly £7,000 priced garden room or outside playroom for the kids can add £35,611 to an averagely priced home in Surrey.

Elsewhere around the country, the (very specific) figures in Cambridgeshire were £29,168, in Dartmoor £34,858, in Dorset £23,856, and in London £9,683.

 "If you’re looking to move up the property ladder, it’s obviously in your best interests to increase the value of your home as much as possible," said Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB. "By investing in low cost, high return projects, not only will you make your home a more pleasant place to live, you’ll also be increasing its value significantly. Better still, these projects take no time at all so the hassle factor will be kept to an absolute minimum. As the weather starts to improve, now is the perfect time to commission the home improvement projects you’ve been putting off all winter."

Estate agent Simon Bradbury from Thomas Morris in Cambridgeshire added: "Our experience in the East of England, certainly in Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Herefordshire, is that additional accommodation such as a garden room will certainly add the most amount of value."

The figures also suggested that installing decking and lighting in the back garden can also add considerble value, for example £8,946 to an averagely priced home in Dorset.

Image courtesy OECO Garden Rooms

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Birthday Shed

It's the Shedworking HQ's staff's birthday today so we're taking the day off and plan to consume something like this later. See you again tomorrow. -------------------------------------------------
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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Sheds at Chelsea Flower Show 2018 preview


Garden designs for the 2018 Chelsea Flower Show are starting to appear well ahead of the show at the end of May. As usual, here is our early rundown of the ones which at the moment have the most shedlike structures (all subject to change of course).

So above is our favourite so far the O-Mo-Te-Na-Shi No NIWA -The Japanese Hospitality Garden designed by Kazuyuki Ishihara which features an octagonal Azumaya garden house covered by traditional roof tiles made of baked Japanese soil.



This is the Welcome to Yorkshire Garden inspired by the Yorkshire Dales which includes a stone bothy. Designed by Mark Gregory



Above, The Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC with a bespoke cedar wood pavilion and pool. Designed by the everpresent Chris Beardshaw 


Here's The Lemon Tree Trust Garden designed byTom Massey


And here's the very promising The Seedlip Garden which has a marvellously-named 'pea pavilion'.
Design by Dr Catherine MacDonald 


Finally, The CHERUB HIV Garden: A Life Without Walls with an intriguing white pod. According to the organisers: "The path from the pod through the garden represents a move to a life of more freedom, as well as the obstacles encountered." Designed by Naomi Ferrett-Cohen ------------------------------------
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Friday, March 23, 2018

Shedworking theme to Shed of the Year 2018


Entries for Shed of the Year 2018 are now open - for full details go to readersheds.co.uk and sign yours up now. Latest research by sponsors Cuprinol - based on past surveys for Shedworking - suggests shedworkers contribute just shy of £30 billion to the economy annually, while they also estimate that more than half of shedowners use their shed as a base for their hobbies. Here's what Shed Blog says about Sam Fender, pictured above:
Young musician Sam Fender laid down his first single in his garden shed and is now named as one of the top artists to watch out for in 2018 according to Radio X. Sam is on his way to stardom thanks to his shed-turned-music-studio.
The competition's founder Andrew Wilcox (Uncle Wilco) said: “We’ve always had a lot of hobbyists and workshops shed entries, but in the last few years there has been so many more start-ups and small businesses using their sheds to make a little extra money or start a new career."



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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Book Towns book


Apologies for this off-topic post (though there are some sheds featured), but I just quickly wanted to let you know that I have a new book out today, Book Towns (you can read an interview I've just done about it and them on Atlas Obscura). Here's the bumph:
Book towns are a reader’s ultimate getaway destination. From Hay-on-Wye in Wales to Urueña in Spain, Fjaerland in Norway to Jimbochu in Japan, around 40 semi-official book towns now exist around the world. But until now, there has been no complete directory of their location, history and charm. Book Towns takes readers on a richly illustrated tour of these captivating, dedicated havens of literature, outlining the origins and development of each community, and offering practical travel advice. Explore bustling book markets in Kolkata and Buenos Aires, and pop-up shops in old churches, ferry waiting rooms and stables. A stylish and original guide, it is the perfect gift for both book lovers and travel enthusiasts.
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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tiny House Cabins expands


For the last six years, Mark Burton who heads Tiny House Cabins Ltd has been building his popular Cozy Cottage range in and around Surrey. Travel distances and the on-site build times has meant problems in providing builds for interested customers throughout the UK.

"After rethinking the manufacturing process and cutting down build times by half, we've now started the expansion process," says Mark, "and just launched a branch in the West Midlands with Jean Cronin as Regional Manager. Jean will be promoting the elegant new website, dealing with all customer enquiries and co-ordinating the appointed build teams."

There are four models in the Cozy Cottage range, The Hunters Lodge, The Loggers Bothy, The Cozy Cottage and The Tree Trunk Cabin. Exposed beamed ceilings come as standard as do two dormer windows and upper mezzanine floors. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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