Monday, December 10, 2018

How to build a garden office: Part 4 (video)


Continuing the excellent series by Richard Fearon which started last month here.

If this is whetting your appetite for building your own garden office, then keep a look out for more updates on the Haynes Shed Manual which I've been working on this year with John Coupe. The latest position is that it's been delivered to the publishers, gone through the first copy edit successfully, and is now at the final design stage. We hope to bring you at least the cover by the end of this year before it's out in the shops next spring.

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Sunday, December 09, 2018

Garden office for pilot trainer






We've always said that you can run pretty much any kind of business from a garden office (within reason) and this latest example from eDEN Garden Rooms underlines that motto. It belongs to a client who runs a pilot training business from his 7m x 3mgarden office in Whitstable, Kent. As well as clearing the site, removing an existing shed, installing screw pile foundations and then building a boundary-to-boundary garden office, the key element was plenty of hidden electric sockets in the floor, required to run various screens and other electronic items simultaneously (and reliably). ------------------------------------
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Friday, December 07, 2018

Garden office safety and insurance


The AA is encouraging people to consider their shed and garden office safety with a new video (see below). One particularly interesting point they make is that if you ensure that you lock up your shedlike atmosphere then you’re covered by your home insurance.

Highlights from their report include:

  • the contents of the average UK shed are worth around £2,000
  • when keeping expensive items in your shed/garden office, if the cost is more than £1,500 then they need to be declared as a specified item
  • Granny flats/annexes are also covered under home insurance unless the building is self-sustained or shares a separate postcode to the main house
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Thursday, December 06, 2018

Joanne Harris: Shedvent


One of the most famous current shedworkers, novelist Joanne Harris, is running an excellent daily series on Twitter this month which she's calling Shedvent. Do click along and see what's behind each door. Here's today's:
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Wednesday, December 05, 2018

How to build a garden office - part 3 (video)


Continuing the series by Richard Fearon which started last week here.

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Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Arron Banks and the garden office/writing room debate


Those of you not on Twitter may have missed the current garden office/writing room debate kicked off by Brexit campaigner Arron Banks (although now he's kind of changed his tune) who criticised JK Rowling for having a writing room. As everything always does on Twitter, it's all kicking off and as you will not be surprised to learn, entirely against Mr Banks's position. Here are a few comments (warning, there is some poor language in the following tweets):





You can catch up on the whole sorry spectacle on Twitter here.

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Monday, December 03, 2018

Noel Edmonds: shedworker


Noel Edmonds, most recently seen on our screens in the I'm A Celebrity jungle, is also something of a shedworker, basking in his lovely build from Arctic Cabins - there's a nice shot of it, top, and you can just see it peeping out in the image below too. MSN has more shots of the interior and exterior of his home if you're really keen. -------------------------------------------------
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Sunday, December 02, 2018

Beach hut advent calendar opens its doors


Maybe for the last time, the Beyond Church beach hut advent calendar in Brighton and Hove opened its first doors this weekend. Here's Hut 17 owned by Sarah Sutherland-Rowe (more images of it here) created in collaboration with children from All Saints Hove - it featured an angel with wings made from the children's handprints, and a modern day dress Mary and Joseph. If you can make it to the daily openings for the rest of Advent, the organisers would be delighted to see you and offer you a warming drink and a mince pie. You can also follow for pictures.
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Friday, November 30, 2018

£300,000 price tag for remote beach hut




Beach hut silly season continues as people plan ahead for next summer with the latest hut at Mudeford Spit, Christchurch, hut 180 on with Denisons for £300,000 (plus annual rates to the local counsil of £500 and a licence fee of £2,500). According to the particulars it is "a beautifully presented LARGER THAN AVERAGE hut having the benefit of front and rear UNINTERRUPTED VIEWS."

The hut is 16ft x 12ft with direct access to the beach and was renovated 15 years ago, though there is still no water, electrics, nor lavatory. It does have a kitchen though "luxuriously fitted out with a range of units incorporating limed wood cladding to the walls and ceiling". At a push, the hut sleeps eight and unlike some beach huts, it's legal to sleep here for up to seven months in a calendar year.

One of the advantages of the hut is its isolation (except it is of course a public beach). As the Daily Mail says: "The 350 beach huts on the sandspit are so remote they require a 30 minute walk or a ride on a novelty land train to get to them."

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Former Victorian railway station waiting room garden office for sale


Here's a remarkable shedworking opportunity. The owners of the former 1860s railway station buildings in Coalport, Telford (very close to where the Shedworking staff were born as well as the famous Ironbridge) is up for sale. In recent years, the whole property has been renovated and two mark 1 Great Western Railway carriages restored run as holiday lets - I stayed in one of them five years ago and it was a marvellous experience (the owls outside in the 2.5 acres of grounds were a bit noisy though).

Best of all though, the former brick-built waiting room - pictured top - has been turned into an open plan garden office measuring 6m x 3m.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

David Cameron's shepherd's hut in Private Eye


Find out what happens next in the latest issue of Private Eye, out now.


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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Garden offices, broadband, and living in the country: new report


Millions of city dwellers are being put off relocating to the countryside by concerns over bad broadband and mobile phone reception, while large portions of those already living in rural areas experience these issues to such an extent they regret moving there, according to a new report from uSwitch.com.

This is obviously not great news for shedworkers and those planning to work from garden offices in rural locations and comes despite Ofcom reporting that almost all of the country should be able to access superfast connections. Its research claims that more than 13 million city dwellers would like to live in the countryside in the future - but for the 15 million who wouldn’t, more than half are put off by the thought of poor broadband connections and patchy phone signal.

Although Ofcom claims that 93% of the country can already access superfast broadband services, four in 10 of rural residents suffer from a slow or unreliable connection. And when it comes to using a mobile at home, a third say that their calls regularly cut out, while a quarter say they can’t make any at all. In total, more than one million people - roughly a tenth of all those currently living in the countryside - say they would never have moved there had they known how poor rural connectivity is.

Ernest Doku, broadband and mobiles expert at uSwitch.com, said: “It’s ludicrous that in 2018 broadband and mobile phone signal is a factor influencing where in the UK people choose to live. In recent years there have been massive strides made in the rollout of superfast services and mobile reception provision, so it’s hard to imagine why so many people continue to struggle along on a service that doesn’t meet their needs.

"The only explanation is that providers have been guilty of a ‘build it and they will come’ mentality - simply assuming that their work is done as soon as they have provided the infrastructure for faster services and not doing enough to make sure that their customers are aware that better services are available."

uSwitch encourages consumers to check the broadband speed of any potential property before deciding where to move, which can be done here.

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Green roofs and Shedworking in The Idler


The new issue of The Idler magazine is out now featuring my usual column on sheds and garden offices which this time takes a look at the very popular option of a green roof featuring examples from Rotunda Roundhouses and eDEN Garden Rooms (pictured below). Those interested in snooker too will also find something of interest in my other column in the magazine which focuses on nostalgia and how to choose a snooker partner.


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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Garden office for psychotherapist


A wonderful garden office which rather reminds the Shedworking staff of the one featured heavily in the recent BBC comedy-drama Wanderlust. This one was built by Booths Garden Studios and is owned by psychotherapist Emma Todd as you can see in the video below.

The aim was to make it both completely independent of her house (the reason for a lavatory and kitchen) but also homely so that clients would feel at home. Features include full-length windows with a fanlight window in the bathroom, a flyover roof with gravel in front of the building rather than decking, and movement-sensitive lights to light the way during darkness. An external air conditioning unit is carefully hidden round the side.

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Last year for the Beach Hut Advent Calendar


After a decade of opening beach hut advent calendar doors every day during advent along the promenade at Brighton and Hove, Beyond Church have announced that this will be the last year they do so as they will be developing other projects. It's had a good run - one year I did a daily update for The Independent when they first started - and we've been delighted here at Shedworking to preview and report back on each year's beach huts.

It was created to remind people of the Christian roots of the season of Advent. Over the years they have served more than 4,000 warm drinks and 3,000 mince pies. You can see this year's timetable at their site here and we'll be highlighting some of our favourites during December, This year the theme is #FollowtheStar which links to the Church of England's Christmas campaign.

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

How bet365 started in a hut


bet365 is in the news this week thanks to its founder and owner Denise Coates who, it emerges, paid herself a £265 million salary last year, up from £217 million the year before. The rights and wrongs of this aside, it is interesting to note that the Financial Times mentions that the business was started from a hut in a car park in Stoke. Actually, in a rare interview with The Guardian half a dozen years ago, Denise Coates revealed that it was actually a Portakabin near one of their betting shops. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

eDEN Garden Room's free festive upgrades

eDEN Garden Rooms are running a promotion, offering a free upgrade on new garden rooms booked in one of their build slots in December this year and January 2019. The four people who get these slots can choose from:

* Wireless heating and lighting control
* Bose wireless speaker system
* £500 off their garden room order

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Garden shed DJ gets BBC Christmas radio special


Here's a lovely story about Stevenage shedworker Deke Duncan. He's been broadcasting his own radio station, Radio 77 (essentially only to his wife Teresa because of licensing issues) for decades from his garden shed, pictured above.
Watch the short video above for more details about what happened 40 years ago, then the one below for the latest update...
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Monday, November 19, 2018

How to build a garden office - part 2 (video)


Continuing the series by Richard Fearon which started last week here.

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Bespoke garden office with furniture



This garden office by eDEN Garden Rooms was for a shedworker in a terraced house in Balham, London. It was an interesting build as it had to be specially designed to fit the built-in office furniture that the client had already planned for the room. Additionally there was no side access so everthing was built on site and materials brought through the house.

It measures 2.5m x 6m - built to the boundary so includes fire retardant panelling to thee sides - and as well as a home office also includes a shed store. Features include French doors and an extra floor-to-ceiling window for added views of garden. eDEN usually use screw piles as foundations for new garden rooms but here there were concrete slabs already in situ so in the end the entire thing was built on a concrete base.
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