Thursday, October 18, 2018

A short guide to buying a garden room


If you're thinking of buying a garden office, this short guide from eDEN Garden Rooms is a useful place to start. It takes a whirlwind look at specs, inspiration, size, and planning permission. Here's a snippet:
"Think about how you will want to live in your space and work backwards from there. By creating a bespoke design that is individually tailored to suit you, you’ll ensure that you get the very most out of your investment and the space will work in harmony with your lifestyle. For example, you may wish to integrate hidden storage solutions, reinforced flooring, a wet room, extra windows or doors, or any else you can dream of. Don’t fall into the trap of buying off-the-shelf when your garden room should be as unique as you are!"
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Turning a railway carriage into a garden office


Here is the early stage of an intriguing renovation build by garden designer and novelist Chris O'Donoghue. Essentially, he's turning the Victorian railway carriage facade that featured in his 2007 Silver-Gilt-winning design at Chelsea Flower Show, but has since been unused, into a studio and writing room. More atmospheric pictures at the link above. One to watch.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Cabin of 3D Printed Curiosities



A remarkable shedlike atmosphere from the Emerging Objects studio which is part of their ongoing examination of microarchitecture in San Francisco's Bay Area. The front facade features a mass of succulents in ceramic planters while the others are covered in a 3D-printed ceramic cladding system which is inspired by knitting techniques. Inside, there are Chroma Curl wall tiles to add light. Here's what the designer say:
The Cabin of 3D Printed Curiosities demonstrates that 3D printing can be beautiful, meaningful, and well crafted – not crude, fast and cheap. Much like the garage makerspace movement, the backyard building space might become a platform where new ways of living are tested, new technologies can be invented and tested, and new materials can be discovered.
Click the link above for more information from the studio and here for Treehugger's take on its eco credentials.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Shedworkers battle against working from home pressures


Around 46 per cent of shedworkers and other homeworkers feel the need to prove they are actually working while working from home rather than mucking around, according to a study by LogMeIn.

In their global poll of 3,000 including 500 UK workers, people working from home said they felt pressured to be more responsive on email (36%) and working longer hours (23%). At the same time, nearly a third said they worked more efficiently from hom and wasted more time when in traditionals offices talking to colleagues or spending unproductive hours online (although one in four admitted that pets, family, neighbours and the television distracted them while working from home).

“This points to a clear problem within the culture of UK businesses and ultimately reduces productivity. My advice to businesses would be: trust your employees to do the job and don’t miss the opportunity to improve their wellbeing,” said Steve Duignan, VP international marketing at LogMeIn. 

Despite the extra stigma they felt, just under a third of people still said they felt happier while working from home because of more flexibility in breaks, ending the commute, and focusing on their tasks, and a better general work-life balance. Around a quarter said they worked in their pyjamas which seems a very high figure to the Shedworking team.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Inside Dylan Thomas's writing shed (video)


A lovely five minute video of designer William Hardie exploring the writing shed which belonged to Dylan Thomas. Although there are lots of photos of it around, there are very few videos of what it's like to be inside, so this is a treat.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Shelf Life


As some of you know, away from the world of shedworking, I also write books (frequently on bookish subjects). The latest is out today, Shelf Life, published by The British Library. Here is some bumph about it:
Books; reading, collecting and the physical housing of them has brought the book-lover joy – and stress – for centuries. Fascinated writers have tried to capture the particular relationships we form with our library, and the desperate troubles we will undergo to preserve it.With Alex Johnson as your guide, immerse yourself in this eclectic anthology and hear from an iconic Prime Minister musing over the best way to store your books and an illustrious US President explaining the best works to read outdoors. Enjoy serious speculations on the psychological implications of reading from a 19th century philosopher, and less serious ones concerning the predicament of dispensing with unwanted volumes or the danger of letting children (the ‘enemies of books’) near your collection
Available from all good bookshops (please buy local if at all possible) as well as the usual suspects online.
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

'His and hers' garden offices case study


An excellent case study on Coconut focuses on Maggie Johnson, Director and Client Liaison at Essex-based Executive Virtual Services, whose garden office is pictured above. She talks us through her reasons for going down the shedworking route, as she explains:
In April 2015 my ‘shed office’ was built, and it has made a huge impact on the growth and success of my business ever since.  Working in this way gives me the space and time to develop, without the distractions of everyday life. I have a team of VAs working with me now (sometimes from my office), and clients can come and meet with me here too.
So successful in fact that her husband has now followed suit with his own shoffice (below). Well worth a read via the link above.


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Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Shipping container garden office




The Randy Bens Architecture practice in Canada embraced the shedworking ethic when it made a recent move to expand, not into a traditional office but to a garden office built from a larger than normal corten stell shipping container, reduced from 40′ to 28' long, 11.5′ wide and 9.5′ tall.

It has yellow cedar cladding on the outside and birch plywood lining on the inside where there is the studio work space, a small kitchen, and a bathroom. There is also a rather nice large picture window at one end and the whole thing cantilevers off the foundation. Below is an excellent short video of the office being delivered.
 Photographs by Ema Peter

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Monday, October 08, 2018

Allan Ahlberg: My Worst Book Ever


We featured illustrator Allan Ahlberg on Shedworking several years ago, but we were especially delighted with his recent book  My Worst Book Ever! in collaboration with Bruce Ingram. His writing shed features heavily as the spreads below indicate, including the familiar issue of spilling coffee all over his work as well as perhaps less common snail issues. A delight for all readers and a good way to get younger readers to appreciate the joys of a garden office.



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Sunday, October 07, 2018

Choosing paint for your shed

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Friday, October 05, 2018

James Furzer’s ‘Homeless Cabin’ at Grand Designs Live


Grand Designs Live returns to Birmingham’s NEC October 10-14 and will include architect James Furzer’s design the ‘Homeless Cabin’.

Outside Hall 5 of the NEC visitors can see a prototype shell of the Homeless Cabin that James has developed as an alternative towards defensive architecture (e.g. spikes in building voids) meant to deter the homeless that is found throughout the UK. Inside Grand Designs Live, visitors can look inside one of these cabins, and find out more information about this potentially life-changing project.

According to James: ‘We require friendlier architecture to change the current perception of homelessness and provide thoughtfully designed spaces for those less fortunate. A place of warmth, security and privacy, where one can gather their thoughts and regenerate away from the public eye.  In short, a worldwide, immediate, temporary solution to rough sleeping.’

A panel of experts, including representatives from GROUNDWORK, a charity helping vulnerable and homeless people, along with property expert Kunle Barker and James Furzer discuss the ‘Rise Of The Rough Sleeper’ at the Grand Theatre on October 12.
 
 
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Thursday, October 04, 2018

Building a garden office: new series of videos


Web designer and developer Jack McConnell has started what he plans to be a series of videos over the next year detailing how he is designing and building his garden office (first episode below). Here's what he says about the project:
This first video is a bit of a mish-mash of information and video clips, as I've already embarked on some of the work but wanted to include as much as possible on the background, reasoning, and thought-process behind why I want to build my garden office over buying a pre-manufactured one. I won't be going over absolutely everything in a high-level of detail (particularly when it comes to the construction of the building), but instead want to focus on the decisions and stages of how I achieve my goal over the course of a year.
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Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Garden office shed jigsaw

You like sheds, you like cakes, you'll love The Cake Shed 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle by Ravensburger, produced on high quality cardboard. Here's what Ravensburger say about it:
This sweet little shed perfectly combines haven, hobby and workplace! We imagine that the owner of this well-organized shed started decorating cakes as a hobby … but her pastime has now developed into a small business, with plenty of commissions ready for collection. Her wonderful creations will give you plenty of puzzling challenges as you piece together those sweet-filled jars, reels of ribbon and all that delicate icing. 
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Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Knaphouse



Knaphouse is a brand new supplier which is aiming at the tiny homes market, but also nods towards the garden office one ("An office that keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Turn your Knaphouse into a spacious, light filled work space, art studio or workshop," they say).

It's available in both off-grid and on-grid options and shedworkers will be most interested in a single  standalone 'Knap' module built out of modified timber . The whole thing can be placed in a day using a removable foundation system. Each Knap is a total of 55.6 sq. metre, 41.2 sq/m (with a 3.65m internal  ceiling height) plus a 14.5 sq/m mezzanine. Off grid extras include solar panels, a pellet burner, rainwater and septic tank storage built into the chassis, and a water thermal recovery system (a full rundown of their sustainability credentials is here). -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Monday, October 01, 2018

Karl Ove Knausgaard: shedworker


Awardwinning Norwegian autobiographicalist-novelist Karl Ove Knausgård lives in the small village of Glemmingebro, Sweden, where he works in a writing studio in his back garden (picture above). He is often interviewed in his garden office by journalists which is split into two rooms full of books, chairs and a sofa, as well as his drum kit and guitars. A typical description comes from The Guardian: "With their mountains of unwashed coffee cups and other detritus, both rooms display a reassuring indifference to order. He apologises, explaining that he spent “about an hour” that morning tidying up for my visit."

The Wall Street Journal atmospherically compares it to a "post-apocalyptic college library"...
Entering his studio, I saw books everywhere—lined up in shelves, stacked on the floor, propped in piles leaning against other books—hardbacks and paperbacks, galleys and manuscripts, rising in towers from the coffee table. The room recalled a post-apocalyptic college library. Empty beer cans, Pepsi Max bottles, water glasses and coffee mugs rose amid the bookscape; and cigarette ash dusted everything, trailing in shallow rivulets between the books, bottles and crockery.... Sunlight spilled through the open door and window, and as we sat down, I heard leaves rustle in the garden and the unfamiliar caws of Swedish birds. 

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Best shed accessories


The Independent [disclaimer: I still do some work for them] runs a regular IndyBest section looking at the best things on the market for anything from cookbooks to night lights. The latest is the eight best shed accessories which is worth a quick browse. It's aimed more towards the traditional shed rather than shedworking setup but useful nonetheless. ------------------------------------
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Friday, September 28, 2018

Black garden office


Black is a surprisingly popular choice among shedworkers (and professional garden designers) for their exterior garden office colour. Here's a particular nice example from Sussex-based Urban Escape Studios which is almost hidden in the corner of the clients' garden. It's one from their Astana range, 4m x 2.5m, with dark grey aluminium French doors, full length picture window, and cladding which was stained with Black Ash to blend into the greenery.
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Thursday, September 27, 2018

The sequel to Cabin Porn


I know many of you enjoyed the first Cabin Porn book (though I wish they'd have called it something else) so you will be pleased to hear that work is underway on a follow-up called Cabin Porn: Inside which will go through the keyhole to take a look inside readers' cabins. As they put it: "We’re excited to share that we’ve started our second book inspired by the most common question we receive, 'Can I see the inside of this cabin?'"
"Inside, will serve as a valuable reference for both the cabin builder and everyone seeking perspective on how to create spaces that just work — the ones that spellbind us in their warmth and ingenious simplicity. Inside will fill in where our first book left off, intimately showcasing hundreds more cabins and the small details their builders gave them.
Click the link above to submit your shedlike atmosphere for possible inclusion.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Koto cabins


North Devon-based Koto (which means cosy in Finnish) is run by Johnathon and Zoë Little who design modern Scandinavian-inspired cabins ideal for use as garden offices or tiny homes (the actual build is by Kudos based in Northern Ireland).

The cabins are a timber and steel composite structure with interesting pitched roof and Siberian larch cladding. They come in a range of sizes, the one above at 15 sq m is the smallest, but they range from one to four bedroom builds. Features include a fold-down bed, underfloor heating, aluminium windows and doors, and a covered entrance porch and deck. Option extras include the ever-popular sedum roof, sauna, and outdoor shower. The concept behind the cabin is very much that it fits in with the natural world and a healthy lifestyle, or as they put it: "Open floor spaces, high ceilings and large facade openings allow for free flowing space with connection to the outside world."
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Woking Football Club’s new Programme Shed



Mark Burton from Tiny House UK was contacted by an old friend of who is an avid fan and helper at Woking Football Club to sponsor a programme shed. "It had to be strong, secure and be able to last many years," says Mark. And here it is. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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