Friday, January 18, 2019

Feather-edge cladding


A simple and effective garden building from Warwick Buildings which has feather-edge cladding and aluminium-framed sliding double doors with blinds inside the double glazing (between-glass blinds). -------------------------------------------------------
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Ridge & Furrow workshop


Cotswolds-based designers Ridge & Furrow (who we featured yesterday) are shedworkers themselves and they have an excellent step by step photo guide to how they built their own workshop in their front yard, above. Here's what they say about it: 
"This may be an outbuilding but there's no reason practical spaces can't be beautiful. The interiors are made from reclaimed materials. The walls are lime rendered and the floor is made up of vintage quarry tiles and oak floorboards. The whole stone and timber structure is warmed by underfloor heating and awash with natural light from glass doors and a large skylight."

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

The rise of gardens in the office


An interesting article in the New York Times asks (and then answers) The Next Frontier in Office Space? The Outdoors. Journalist Jane Margolies argues that outdoor work areas are the logical next step in the evolution of flexible offices and writes:
Employers with suburban campuses have long turned swaths of blank lawn into furnished outdoor areas where workers can meet with colleagues, work alone or simply take a break from their computer screens. Now, developers and owners of urban office buildings are adding terraces and transforming once-barren rooftops into parklike settings, where workers can plant vegetables, unfurl yoga mats or swing in a hammock.
Among the examples she gives is CookFox Architects (who themselves grow kale and keep an apiary on their own office terraces) who have recently completed an office building which has nearly 17,000 square feet of terraces featuring native grasses and trees. Well worth a read.

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Garden office translation shed



A very atmospheric garden office by Ridge and Furrow for literary translator Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp which also doubles as a bike shed. Originally it was a concrete bunker with an asbestos roof so they've done some extremely good work. Features included reclaimed double garage doors, sheepswool insulation, and lime-rendered/limewashed walls. Windows and floor are reclaimed oak and there is a lovely verandah with gutters connected to water butts. There are also two skylights. We'll bring you another Ridge and Furrow build tomorrow.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Wooden garden office built around brick shed


A very clever build by Rotterdam-based architects Open Kaart - it's a painting studio built of wood wrapped around an existing brick shed and used by the clients as a painting studio with storage space and an upper floor. More images at the link above and an interview with its creator at dezeen. ------------------------------------------
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Temple

The Temple - Kirkharle - Northumberland - Historic from Kirkharle - Northumberland - UK #shedoftheyear

In this first of an occasional series, we're going to start highlighting our favourite entries for Shed of the Year 2019. So here is The Temple in Northumberland which belongs to plantsman and historian Angus McTavish (Thompson). A labour of love which took half a year to build, using mainly salvaged timber. More details at the link above.
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How to build a garden office: Parts 5 and 6 (video)


Richard Fearon started this series of videos about building a garden office back in November (you can see them all collected here) and in the latest two episodes he looks at repairing rotten doors for his shedworking construction plus some cold painting work. Both are well worth a look and quite brief.


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Monday, January 14, 2019

Joel Bird's allotment roof shed mark II


Readers will be familiar with Joel Bird's awardwinning Shed of the Year shed in 2014 as well as his excellent book The Book of Shed (and his marvellous new one just out called The Table Maker). He is now at work on a new shed build as his social media feeds show.


You can see more details of the build at his instagram feed here which also includes the electrics for his speakers and an interesting stair feature. -------------------------------------------------
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Sunday, January 13, 2019

The sermon of the garden shed


An intriguing 'sermon' by Rev Andrew Watson, minister of the Presbyterian congregations in Dunfanaghy and Carrigart in Co Donegal, in The Irish News takes as its starting point the delights of sheds. Rev Watson searches for the lessons to be learnt from shed ownership including "Firstly, if we think of the old shed, its timber rotten and its frame ready to collapse, we have our first lesson - the limitations of a patch job." An unusual take on the world of sheds and worth a quick look. ------------------------------------
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Friday, January 11, 2019

Entries are open for Shed of the Year 2019

 
A quick note to remind you that entries are now open for Shed of the Year 2019. You need to send in/upload at least two photos of your shed, an inside and an outside one, plus some details about it. Sadly, if you don't have an image with your entry, you can't win the top prize. Or indeed any of the prizes. You also need to be living in the UK/Ireland, although there is an international title at stake too for those outside the UK. As before, judges will select a shortlist of the best, the public will decide on category winners, and the judges will then pick the overall best in show. Entries from previous years will roll over although you can add new images. Good luck!
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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Sheds in The Idler


The latest issue of The Idler is out now with my usual column about sheds inside (and also about snooker for those of you interested in baizecraft). It's a look at Shed lit, the books that every shedworker and shedowner will want to have handily on his or her bookshelf featuring the likes of Jane-Field Lewis, Sally Coulthard, Kathryn Ferry, Joel Bird, and Michael Pollan. Click the link above to find out more and subscribe. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Building a garden office: part 2 (video)


We're highlighting a couple of 'how to build a garden office' video series at the moment. Here's the latest episode - see bottom of this post - from web designer and developer Jack McConnell's build (you can see part one here). Here's what he says about it:
This second video is mostly a 2-week timelapse of all the deconstruction and re-construction work that happened in my garden as a result of this. The work included removing a large hedgerow, replacing all the fences, installing a new side-gate, and adding a compacted hardcore pad ready for the office foundations to sit on. I wasn't going to add a hardcore pad at this stage but as the digger was there and the company I was using were well priced, I decided to get this done at the same time. Although not in the video, it turned out the trees in the hedge were so rotten that a couple of them snapped in half when pulling them over, punching a large hole in the old fence before it was fully removed - a good job I had it all replaced!
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Wednesday, January 09, 2019

UK’s first interactive virtual garden room showroom (video)



Summer House 24, part of the international Hansa Garden Group, has launched the UK’s first interactive virtual garden room showroom in Totnes, Devon. The company has developed the software to provide prospective customers with an intriguing opportunity to see their ideal garden room come to life in a fully immersive experience (see video below).

Using the HTC Vive virtual reality system, buyers can now walk through the building and change the layout and colour, windows, doors, furniture and more.  HTC Vive users can download the free software from the company’s website and access the virtual showroom from their home or office (or indeed shed).
 
John McQueen, CEO of Summer House 24, said: “We strive to bring our customers something different every time. That could be our modern looking Hansa line range of cabin designs, functionality such as German made Roto tilt and turn windows or exceptional value. Now, we are proud to continue our innovation and lead the way by bringing interactive virtual reality technology to the garden building sector”.

Summer House 24 is a newish name in the garden room world but has seen impressive growth figures over the last three years and is now rolling out display sites across the UK.

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Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Off the Grid by Dominic Bradbury


One for your bookshelves when it comes out in March, Off the Grid: Houses for Escape is by architecture and design writer Dominic Bradbury and published by Thames & Hudson [disclaimer T&H have published a couple of my books]. Here's what they say about it:
The imperative to reduce our carbon footprint and focus on renewable energy is having a profound impact on our daily lives and the way we think about living spaces. Surveying some of the world’s most innovative off-grid homes, Off the Grid reveals the creative architecture and cutting-edge technologies that are redefining where and how we live—enabling us to escape to some of the most extraordinary and secluded natural environments on the planet.

Dominic Bradbury tells the story of how innovative architects have made everyday living in the most wild and remote locations of the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia not only feasible, as all of the homes featured are largely self-sustaining in terms of energy, water, and in some cases food, but also a rewarding and tempting reality.

From snowbound cabins in the far Northern Hemisphere to coastal retreats that can only be accessed by boat, this fully illustrated overview explains the diverse ways in which architects are tackling extreme climates, remoteness, and sustainability challenges to enable a new way of life that is both liberating and responsible, wherever on Earth you happen to be.
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Garden office makeover


Interior designer Simone Olivia is also a shedworker and recently buffed up her garden office with help from the folk at Valspar paint. "I wanted to brighten the garden office up again," she says, "as I had decided to paint it a dark blue before but felt a lighter calming colour suited the space much more. I chose to go with the rather lovely soft 'Sling your 'ook'."

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Monday, January 07, 2019

Molly Oldfield: shedworker


Podcaster, QI Elf, and author (The Secret Museum, Wonders of the World's Museums) Molly Oldfield is also a shedworker as she revealed recently on social media. -------------------------------------------------
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Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Is your New Year's Resolution to become a shedworker?


If so, and you are thinking of going down the self-build path, then here is an inspiration 'how to' from Iain Poulson. He explains why he chose the garden office solution:
Back in 2017 we were expecting our second child, and being a remote worker using the spare bedroom as an office, where I would work after her arrival posed a problem. I love working from home – no commute, no annoying office folks and politics, the ability to see more of my family. However, having a designated space where I can work relatively uninterrupted was no longer possible. I didn’t want to use coffee shops or rent a desk at a managed office, as that would mean losing the benefits I enjoy, and with moving house not really a viable quick fix, we decided to make use of a disused space in the garden and go down the increasingly popular route of building an office in the garden.
In the post he gives a brief talk-through of the whole process. Well worth a read.
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