Thursday, November 14, 2019

New issue of The Scottish Shedder out now


The November issue of the official newsletter of the Scottish Men's Sheds Association - The Scottish Shedder - is out now (download it here). Excellent as always, it features articles about the Stonehaven & District Men’s Shed which recycles prosthetic limbs for Africa, the Scottish ‘Shed of the Year’ Award runners-up, and how Dingwall Men’s Shed has secured ‘Licence to Occupy’ for its new home, and much, much more. A great read. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Diary of a Somebody by Brian Bilston


If you're looking for a suitable Christmas present for the shedworker in your life, then Diary of a Somebody by Brian Bilston (the slightly strangely monikered 'poet laureate of Twitter') might be a consideration. In no other novel of 2019 does a garden office play such a part and certainly not in such a major way on the front cover.

Featuring plenty of his cleverly devised poems and a plot about a marketing executive looking for love and a career as a writer, the central character Brian is let go from his job about halfway through the novel and decides this is the moment when he needs to buy a writing shed garden office with his £15,000 redundancy money. He is excited about it well before it arrives - here he is on May 28 writing about his furnishing purchases:

"I stuck to the essentials: a writing desk and chair, two floor-to-ceiling bookcases, an antique Remington typewriter, a whiteboard for brainstorming writerly thoughts, a desk lamp, a standing lamp, some curtains, a rug, a small wood-burning stove, a yoga mat, two tins of Lapsang Souchong, coffee machine, two packets of fair-trade Sumatran kopi luwak coffee, a neo-Dada abstract painting by up-and-coming artist Monica Bannerjee, three cushions, three Penguin Classics cushion covers, a footbath, a min-fridge, and an antique globe mini-bar."

The text does not go into detail about the type of garden office, but it's obviously a decent one since it take "a team of four experienced shed-builders a whole day to assemble it" and it has cedar cladding. Moreover, it seems warm enough in winter so must have proper insulation. Once finished, Brian proudly describes it as "not so much a writing shed as un palais jardinière des lettres". He goes on to say: "It is magnificent! A Wi-Fi-free oasis for literary endeavour. A cedar-clad creative hub!"

The shed goes on to play a significant part in the plot when the police arrive following the disappearance of Brian's poetic nemesis (who, it is also hinted at, also has a writing shed). --------------------------------------
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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

'Brexit bunker" garden office


This full-width garden office in London by Rise Design Studio is not only an unusual shape but was built to complement the railway which runs behind the property. The owner has christened the 15 square metre build the 'Brexit bunker'. It's well insulated and clad in black mild steel which will weather naturally, while inside is finished in what has become one of the major trends for 2019, birch plywood.



Photos by Edmund Sumner

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Save 25% on the new Haynes Shed Manual


You can currently save 25% off the rrp of the Haynes' Practical Lifestyle Manuals which includes my Haynes Shed Manual (as well as fitness, space, etc) co-written with John Coupe. Let me remind you that it was described as "A thing of beauty" (and by implication, a joy forever) by none other than The Sunday Sport. For details, click here.  -------------------------------------------------
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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Black Urban Grow Pod


I wrote in the most recent issue of the Idler magazine about how black has become a popular colour for garden offices. Here's the Urban Grow Pod from Obe & Co, a design practise with its own industrial workshop facility which produces many non-garden office products too. An interesting part of its design is the curved aluminium roof, plus there is eco-friendly sheep wool insulation.


Below is what a non-black pod looks like.

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Saturday, November 09, 2019

Garden room with a loom




There's a first time for everything and so here is something we've never seen before, a garden office with a loom inside it, designed and built by eDEN Garden Rooms for a client in Canterbury who runs a successful weaving business. Here's what they say about it:
Starting out as a hobby, this client’s passion for weaving had slowly began to take over the family home, with piles of wool, cushion covers and equipment cluttering up communal spaces. As the small business began to grow, so did the piles of wool, and supported by her parents, our client made the decision to take this hobby into a dedicated outdoor workspace. Not only would this give the family more space within their home, but it would give the growing business a space for focus and development; taking it from strength to strength.
It's 4m x 3m, with a large sliding door, floor-to-ceiling side window, and an adjoining storage area. Other features include underfloor heating, brushed still electrical fittings, and fully plastered and painted interior walls. -----------------------------------
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Friday, November 08, 2019

Writer's studio


An intriguing facade to this writer's studio in London by Beasley Dickson Architects which replaced a disintegrating summer house at the end of an overgrown back garden. Here's what they say about it:

"The client’s brief was for contemporary space with a cabin-like quality. The brief evolved to embody a series of elemental additions: a plinth, roof, screens and hearth alongside existing structural steels and joists that were exposed."

So the more unusual features include a stone plinth with sunken plunge pool and reflecting pond, a large triangular sliding rooflight, and various slatted timber screens which can rotate 90 degrees to stop it getting too sunny. Additionally there is a kitchen and lavatory which are cunningly hidden using timber cladding, plus an outside shower, and oak floorboards, plus hot rolled stell cabinetry.

Photos: Agnese Sanvito
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Thursday, November 07, 2019

Stitch Studio


Stitch Studio is a garden office for a fashion design lecturer and professor of urban design, designed by Chung Tyson and an entry in this year's AJ Small Projects Awards. It has a 15m2 footprint representing the full width of the back garden of a 1960s mid-terrace, and the exterior hand-printed Danish cement panels are inspired by stitch patterns and finished in lichen-coloured mineral paint . According to the architects, "these cloak the studio in a protective shell whilst registering changing light and weather patterns...The semi-porous material absorbs and releases the temporary pattern of rainfall, highlights the stitch pattern when wet and serves as a protective backdrop activated by dappled light and shade." The interior is lined with birch playwood and also features a clerestorey window, an eco-friendly green sedum roof, as well as a secret door...
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Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Deborah Levy reading aloud in her writing shed (video)


A short video made by Ana Godinho de Matos of Chameleoneye Films which features Booker-shortlisted writer Deborah Levy in her garden office writing shed reading from her book An Amorous Discourse into the Suburbs of Hell. The book is available from And Other Stories here. --------------------------------------
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Tuesday, November 05, 2019

EscapeSpace


Those of you interested in the tiny home movement may know of Wisconsin-based Escape because of their attractive tiny houses. Now, they've branched out into the garden office and studio market with their EscapeSpace range. There are three models, all of which come in a tongue and groove cedar design, LowE thermopane windows, clerestory windows, and and EPDM roof (see my recent Haynes Shed Manual for why we're fans of this approach) with additional options such as decking and solar panels. The whole thing is delivered fully built on site.

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Monday, November 04, 2019

Japanese tea room-inspired garden office


A rather beautiful build from Rotunda for a (sizeable) garden in East Sussex, it is inspired by the Japanese Tea  Room aesthetic. It measures 3.5m (external diameter) and comes with some minor roof segment adjustments to add to the look. Doors and windows are made from Douglas Fir and finished in a clear lacquer.  -------------------------------------------------
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Sunday, November 03, 2019

Black sheds and garden offices in the Idler


The latest issue of the Idler magazine is now out featuring my regular columns on sheds and snooker - the first is all about how black became the chic colour of choice for new sheds and garden offices, and the latter is all about my snooker New Year's resolutions (it is the November/December issue). Both are delightful pieces as always and there is much, much more elsewhere in the magazine as always. A subscription would be a fine Christmas present for friends and family, especially as there is a good deal on at the moment. ---------------------------------------

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Soundproofed garden office




Built in Cambridge by Swift Garden Rooms, the client had a wish list of design features which required thinking outside the modular garden office design system box. Swifts rooms are already highly insulated as standard which offers good levels of acoustic performance, but one of the key requests was for the building to have additional soundproofing. The result is that this extra acoustic insulation has made this garden office a really quiet place to work.
The glazed corner of the building is accentuated by a 500mm deep recess which has LED downlights recessed into it. A composite decking board has been used with carefully positioned holes cut into it for planting topiary. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Shepherd's hut recording studio



Delighted to share with readers of Shedworking a sneak peak at the latest build by Plankbridge which will be used by the client as a recording studio and is currently nearing completion in their workshop. 

"It is for someone to have as a garden studio," explains Plankbridge's Richard Lee, "with a decking area for mini concerts outside, and is wired for computers, monitors, a recoding desk and some funky lighting. Whilst it isn’t Abbey Road, it has been soundproofed to some extent using acoustic plaster board under the interior lining, insulated with Thermafleece sheep’s wool and the ceiling is lined in an acoustic material. The customer will be adding other technical things like special curtains and baffles.

"We are very pleased with it – the colours and layout are very bespoke to the customer, but we think it works really well."
 

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Garden studio roundup


A really nice little roundup of nine of the most attractive garden offices and garden buildings on the market at the moment at Gardens Illustrated. Among them is the above which is a self-built one. Here's the information about it:
This garden studio was designed and built from scratch and it occupies about a quarter of a courtyard garden. As well as providing me with ample studio and shed space, it also features two concealed cupboards positioned along the front face, which are crammed with garden tools and logs.
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Monday, October 28, 2019

Beach Hut of the Year 2019



'Bertie' belonging to Jayne Eyres from Mersea is this year's winner of Hut of the Year organised by specialist insurers Love Your Hut (who insure beach huts, garden offices, shepherds' huts, and other shedlike atmospheres).

Jayne is co-owner of The Little Beach Hut Company which rents out three huts on Mersea Island, including the 60-year-old Bertie, Peggy and Kitty (a finalist in the 2017 incarnation of the award). Talking to the Daily Gazette, Jayne said: "For little Bertie to win this is a great privilege and honour. He was the first hut I bought about nine years ago back when you could buy beach huts for a reasonable price. Nobody wanted to buy him and he is now unrecognisable to the pictures you see today."
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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Bright Corner: shedworkers



Hertfordshire-based Bright Corner (indeed, just around the corner from Shedworking HQ) is the brainchild of Chloe Harrison who designs and produces sustainable LED lights made from FSC birch plywood from her garden office. Here's what she says about it:
"I love my creative garden hideaway, I can leave the house and forget about all the washing and cleaning and concentrate on my bussiness. I have split the space in two, one side is for Bright Corner, where I store, sand, prep and package up my lights and the other side is for my other passion, painting. I have a separate Instagram account for this, if you are interested @chloespaintings. I love my time in this space, I take up a cuppa, put on the radio, music or a podcast, turn on my fairy lights and instantly feel inspired."
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Saturday, October 26, 2019

Art Deco garden office


A garden office with an art deco twist on its exterior by Swift Garden Rooms to complement the owner's furnishings inside. You can see it in all its glory and listen to how it was built in the video below.

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