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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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

My Shire Houses


My Shire Houses run by James Heathford offers a slightly different look to many garden offices, partly because they design is aimed more at the glamping market (but still with an eye on the shedworking one too). They come in a range of sizes from 4.8m x 2.6m to 7m x 3.2m (which includes kitchen and ensuite) and with a choice of roofing including grass and wildflower. The buildings are craned into place, usually on blocks, but also with a ramp or steps.

The story behind how My Shire Houses is also worth reading, here at Disability Horizons.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Shire Pods


Shire Pods come from Bedfordshire-based The Little Hut Company (which also makes shepherds' huts). They're built on oak skids using locally-sourced materials with sheep's wool insulation for the walls and recycled plastic bottle insulation in the floors and ceilings. Roofing optins include plastic coated steel corrugatedsheets, timber cladding, and green sedum.

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Furniture for shedworkers


New York-based designers Good Thing have released a collection of furniture aimed at homeworkers and shedworkers called Work From Home. Pictured above are the Lily Table (a cantilevered aluminium side table) by Ben Kicic and Jamie Wolfond, Shutter Lamp (with directional LEDs) by Ferréol Babin, and Clover Pendant by Earnest Studio. Here's what they say about the collection:
"With internal communication now efficient at distances near and far, proximity is not a necessary part of working on a team. With this change in office culture, more and more people are working from home. Good Thing's new collection of products addresses this shift, offering solutions that are equally suitable to the home and office, and the many home offices and office lounges that now exist between them."
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Friday, June 08, 2018

Shepherds' huts, Chelsea Flower Show, and the future of sheds


An interesting piece by Alison Rowat in The Herald in which she looks at the rising popularity of sheds at Chelsea Flower Show and ponders on shedlike space in the future. Here's a snippet:
Isn’t it strange, though, that running alongside the fashion for sheds is the trend towards more open plan houses. Indoors, people want walls knocked down to make big family kitchens and “spaces” to hang out together. It’s all about the “flow”, as they say on the property programmes. People can rest, socialise, dine where they like.

Yet outdoors, everyone desires their own shed. They want to get the heck away from other people. Other people are noisy, messy. They don’t want to watch the programme you like. They talk when you want to read. All perfectly understandable feelings, but where will this desire to be alone eventually lead? In 20 years’ time every garden could look like a trailer park with a shed for mum, one for dad, one each for the children and two for granny and grandpa who like to spread out with their jigsaws.
 And here's Anne Ashworth in The Times on hipster sheds...


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Thursday, June 07, 2018

HUTi - if IKEA made garden offices


Surely it can't be long until IKEA bring out a garden office or garden room? While we wait, designer James Langdon has come up with his own thoughts on the matter. Here's what he says:
Ideally the product should be flat pack and have a simple assembly, the above design encompasses both these traits. Being made of a lightweight plastic dip-coated MDF assembled around a square frame. A perfectly flexible outdoor furnishing, that can be enjoyed both in the summer and the winter.
In the meantime, maybe you could hack one of IKEA's bed tents.


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Wednesday, June 06, 2018

eDEN Garden Rooms launch new website and shop


The fine folk at eDEN Garden Rooms have been hard at work and this week have launched a new website (with revamped branding), a shop, and a new garden office model. New features on the site include a handy process timeline and special new sections for reviews and case studies.

"The aim of this redesign was to better communicate eDEN’s unique selling-point," says eDEN Director, Rachel Wichall, "our commitment to exceptional-quality, high-specification garden rooms that provide their customers with a bespoke product, which can be tailor-made to suit their personal requirements.

A major addition is the new e-store so people can buy beautiful high-end garden furnishings (as well as a garden room) including striking aluminium and steel planters, chic fire bowls, water bowls and modern seating designs.

You can also get a sneaky peak at the new garden studio range, eDEN eDGE (pictured above), which comes with enhanced insulation, increased wall thickness, triple glazing, infra-red heating panels and lighting upgrades. It is due to launch later this summer.

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Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Is your garden office a "Prosecco pod”?


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Monday, June 04, 2018

Garden offices adding value to property


An article on The Irish Independent underlines the fact that garden offices are selling points when it comes to moving house and add value to any property (pictured above is the one at 2 Aideen Avenue, Terenure, D6W). Here are some snippets from the feature which looks at four of them:
There are two studios in the back garden of 71 Manor Street in Stoneybatter, one of which you could nearly live in, as it has a stove, a shower room and patio doors. There's plenty of room for both, as the garden is 130ft long and very nicely paved and planted.

Number 2 is the first in a terrace of six cottages and it occupies a corner site with a sizeable 40ft back garden, at the end of which is a block-built home office or studio measuring 226 sq ft.
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Sunday, June 03, 2018

The Garden Retreat: A place for living show garden at Gardening Scotland

Today is the last day to get along to Gardening Scotland at the Royal Highland Centre Edinburgh and take a look at The Garden Retreat show garden and its garden room from Lynn Hill Garden Design and CED Stone Group (just inside the main entrance). There's a grey theme with silver grey granite pathways and slate Tier cladding. Here's what Lynn says about it:
This is a garden where inside and outside meet, it’s an extension of your home... a place for living. We are hearing more and more about how gardens are good for us and science is discovering that even just the simple act of being in a garden increases well being, allowing us to become calmer, healthier and happier. This garden is a real visual treat, an oasis of green.
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Friday, June 01, 2018

Shedworking: why more people are building businesses at the bottom of their garden


A nice general piece in the Daily Telegraph about the popularity of shedworking and garden rooms (though rather hilariously they didn't ask me to comment). Here's a snippet:
Garden Hideouts, which offers a range of state-of-the-art garden rooms, reports a growth in sales of between 30 per cent and 40 per cent over the past two to three years, while the Posh Shed Company, which does what it says on the tin, has seen a 14 per cent increase in sales since last year... Chris Hill, founder of Garden Hideouts, says: “The buildings we put up are as good as houses, thermally and insulatively speaking. It’s like lifting a sitting room or office out of your house and putting it in the garden.”
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