Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Pubworking: The Bottle of Sauce


We have been banging on about pubworking here on Shedworking since 2006 and even launched an entire website devoted to it (sadly no longer with us). So we were delighted to hear that The Bottle of Sauce - Cheltenham’s Pub of the Year for the second year on the trot - is launching a new co-working and hot desking space in August.

After a £100,000 renovation project there is now a series of offices over two floors, with 46 desks available seither individually or grouped together in their own room. Naturally there is wifi, private meeting and function rooms, a secure entrance, communal kitchen, plus perks on food and drinks. There will also be regular tenant meetup and brainstorming sessions organised by the company behind the move, Dodo Pub Co.


“We initially considered installing bedrooms," explains founding member of Dodo Pub Co., Leo Johnson, "particularly as The Bottle of Sauce is a former hotel. We got as far as designing the rooms before reviewing the way the High Street and town centres are changing. We clocked the way people are working is changing too with more smaller businesses than ever and the freelancing community growing.

“We know we have a great space here and we wanted to maximise its potential. We’ve had Abercrombie & Kent with us for a year while their offices have been refurbished and now it’s time for us to open up our offices to the wider community. There’s no doubt that the way people use the town centre is changing especially with the crisis facing retailers so Dodo Works is about moving with the times and catering for what people want and need.

“Being able to pop down to the pub for a bite to eat for lunch, meet clients for a working lunch or enjoy some downtime means work can definitely involve some play too. The pub is the perfect common space for relaxed and casual meetings or socials."

For more information go to the Dodo Works site.


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Monday, June 24, 2019

Garden office and foxes



Over the last year, writer Chuck Wendig has talked regularly on Twitter about the foxes who live and hang out around his garden office. There has been a lot of interest in following their updates. But not everybody is so keen...

Above is a Booths Garden Studios garden office pod, a 3.6m x 2.7m model with anthracite windows, French doors, black pillars and fascia, with added recessed blinds, exterior pillar lights and outside power socket. It also features a "skirt" at the bottom to fill in the gap below the studio which is a feature of all the company's garden offices. On very level then this gap is about 4 inches, but increases if your site has a slope. Here's what Alex Booth says about this:

"The gap allows air flow below your garden office and guarantees that dampness is never an issue.
The studio skirt only has a conventional one year guarantee as it is touching the ground. Touching the ground means it is exposed to damp and moisture and any product will deteriotate more quickly in this situation. The skirting can also be damaged by strimmers being used near them, especially if there is gravel which the strimmer can launch at the skirt. Many of our customers just put planters in front of the gap to hide it.

"Foxes are a concern for some of our customers but in all the years Booths have been going (since 2000) I have only had one case of foxes being under a garden office so the chances are extremely slim. If this is a concern for you then you'd need to cost in a wire barrier to go all the way around your garden office. Some of our customers have installed chicken wire themselves but personally I wouldn't bother as the odds of foxes being an issue are so tiny."

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Yoga studio


An interesting exterior for this yoga/pilates studio by Garden Affairs for a customer in Bath. It's their Linea (Duo) model which measures 5.5m x 2.5m including an integral store room coming in at 1.5m x 2.5m. The whole thing is fully insulated, double glazed, and installed on their deck base system. It comes with stain-finished and painted doors/windows. ---------------------------------------

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Shedworking fundraiser

https://www.buymeacoffee.com/shedworking

Every couple of years the Shedworking bean counters say to the editorial staff at HQ that it would be nice if the company's bank account looked a little less like a large empty sack. We say that our advertisers very kindly help to keep the site going and that we're doing fine, thank you, and do not want to put up any kind of paywall (however tiny) to prevent people enjoying the content.

But to pacify the suits, we have agreed to set up a page in conjunction with Buy Me A Coffee - this little gadget means that if you click the banner above or this link here then you will be taken to a page where you can make a small (or indeed large) donation towards the running of Shedworking. All donations will be very much appreciated, but even if you don't donate you are still extremely welcome to continue visiting and enjoying Shedworking. -----------------------------------
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Friday, June 21, 2019

Hobby room garden office for a sports enthusiast


There's sometimes an 'all work and no play' element to garden offices which cannot be said about this garden den from eDEN Garden Rooms in a large garden in Meopham, Kent. The client - a general sports lover, especially of darts and golf - actually describes it as a 'boys den'. It's largely designed around a space large enough to fit in a pool table, bringing the total size of the build to a smidgeon under under 30m2 to avoid building control regulation issues (it's more than 2m from the boundary so fine to go up to 3m height).

Features include an air-conditioning unit (but not eDEN's standard underfloor heating because of the weight of the pool table), a toilet, a bespoke bar, and decking terrace. The whole thing is on a concrete base because of tree root issues and has water/drainage connections.


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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Building a garden office: Part 6


Another of the garden office builds we've been keeping an eye on this year is by web designer and developer Jack McConnell who has been chronicling it by video and he is nearing the end, working here on the side and front walls (you can see the others here. "In this video," he explains. "I build the two side walls and the front wall and run into some pretty devastating weather!"

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Garden office for type foundry in Northumberland


A great build by 3rdSpace in Northumberland for type foundry The Northern Block which is actually a multi-shedworking space as it has up to half a dozen people working in there at a time. There's an interesting interview with the company's founder Jonathan Hill on the 3rdSpace website here but here's a snippet:
I’ve always been a massive fan of both Modernism and cleverly-designed small spaces. I learned in Japan how they made so much of small spaces, better than anyone else. I love simple material palettes, minimal spaces, leaving complexity to the hidden details. This studio sometimes has up to six or seven people working in it. Our business is like a small family, people are given an equal voice but not everyone is the right fit, it doesn’t work for everyone. It has to be a real collaborative effort, there is nowhere to hide in a space like this!
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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Unusual shape garden office


An intriguing garden office from Timber Rooms which shows that you can have a bespoke garden office in pretty much any space. This is a kind of wonky L-shape and is deceptively spacious inside, with windows giving lovely views onto the garden behind and a green sedum roof. Because of the unusual site, the garden office has sliding doors. Other features include underfloor heating and oak-effect laminate flooring and the whole thing is clad with Canadian red cedar. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Monday, June 17, 2019

Log cabin garden office



A very attractive bespoke log cabin garden office from Garden Affairs. Built in 45mm timber, it measures 5m x 4m and as well as being used as a business headquarters for the client in Chester, also features a large games room. There's a recessed porch area to add architectural interest as well as act as a shelter and, slightly unusually, two sets of double doors. Both roof and floor are insulated and there are double glazed Velux roof light. 


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Sunday, June 16, 2019

How to graffiti your garden office


Some intriguing advice from Ashley Cramp who runs Lazy Daisy Jones ('Stylish Midlife Living') about how to add a little something Banksy-inspired to your garden shed or office (see above). You can get the full details at her site here but here's a snippet:
I chose Banksy’s ‘Rage Flower Thrower’ in an 18″ x 12″ size. I knew exactly where I wanted to place it. On our black garden shed!... All the stencils are reusable, made from 10 ml mylar a strong plastic, simply clean and reuse. I find the details fascinating, obviously I know this is no a real Banksy but you can clearly see this guy has his baseball cap on back to front and is using the neck of his jumper as a mask.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Garden office caboose writing shed




Writing Sheds is a new venture based in Columbia, South Carolina with the motto 'Writing sheds for work and play'. The first model is inspired by a railway caboose and is very much aimed at shedworkers, especially writers and artists. It measures 8ft x 16ft and features include a cupola, platforms/decking at both ends, and has an EPDM rubber roof. The whole thing is mounted on a hay wagon “running gear” frame. It's early days but still one to watch.
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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Design ideas for garden rooms



An excellent pictorial piece at Ideal Home about garden offices, buildings and sheds, with examples from eDEN Garden Rooms (above) and Cuckooland.com (pictured top). Here's a snippet about
Farmer’s Cottage seven-seater rotating garden pod from John Lewis & Partners:
"Garden pods are ideal for dining, studying or entertaining," says Vicky Angell, buyer for outdoor living at John Lewis & Partners. Consider the pod size carefully: think about how many you’d like to seat, and how it will look in the garden – too big and it may be overpowering. "A rotating design that can be angled away from wind and towards the sun can help make best use of the space at all times of the year," adds Vicky. A roof cover, blinds or solar-control glazing will help to deflect heat and ensure a comfortable temperature, even on the hottest day.
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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Steampunk garden office

The Tempest - Unexpected from Garden #shedoftheyear

The Shedworking staff are really loving this garden office build by David Stocks (entered into Shed of the Year 2019) which he uses as a writing shed as well as somewhere to relax. Here's what he says about it:
I designed it in a steampunk style, based on books like Jules Verne 's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. It has a submarine style door, a hatch down to the engine room, a round window and a matching round captains table. It is on a raised platform like it is out at sea, with blue lighting underneath to simulate a blue ocean. We named it the Tempest, after our dog who we sadly lost in January this year called Storm and after our favourite Shakespeare play. With sounds of waves crashing played from an onboard speaker, it really makes you feel as if you are at sea. It is also a place we can have friends around.


Click the link above to find out more about his zig-zag path, platform, reclaimed working porthole, and hand-carved walnut sign trimmed with copper. This is certainly getting a vote from Shedworking this year but there's still time to enter, just nip along to www.readersheds.co.uk and follow the instructions.
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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

500th UK Men’s Shed opens


One of our favourite shed-based organisations, Men's Shed, is celebrating with the opening of its 500th shed - marking a 66% increase in openings over the last three years - as well as announcing a new partner in Ronseal.

The 500th shed (pictured above) was opened in the village of Blewbury, Oxfordshire, six years after Men's Shed launched in the UK and like all the others across the country offers a range of DIY sessions as well as bringing men together to reduce loneliness and social isolation, especially among the elderly and retired.

Indeed, a survey by the UK Men’s Sheds Association showed that 97% said they had made new friends at a Men’s Shed, while 89% noted a decrease in depression. The association also reported that the volunteering value of ‘shedders’ supporting the local community each year is an estimated £10.5m. Men’s Sheds now provide a welcoming social space for around 12,000 members in the UK.


In addition to the opening of the 500th shed, the UK Men’s Sheds Association also announced a new partnership with British woodcare specialist Ronseal. This includes sponsorship by Ronseal of a series of DIY skills sessions at The Manchester Men’s Shed in Moss Side, beginning this summer. The plan is to roll out the skills sessions to more sheds in future, helping to add further momentum to the already fast-growing Men’s Sheds movement.

Charlie Bethel, Chief Officer of UK Men’s Sheds Association, said: “The opening of the 500th shed is a real cause for celebration. Since the Men’s Sheds movement began in the UK, we’ve seen sheds right across the country make a huge difference to the lives of their members and the communities they support. The new partnership with Ronseal is further evidence that the Men’s Sheds movement is going from strength to strength as we continue to bring in new partners and offer new skills and services through Men’s Sheds.”

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Garden office and library


A lovely garden office belonging to writer and genealogist Liz Howell by Booths Garden Studios. It's a  6.1m x 2.44m QCB garden pod in anthracite grey which at 14.88 sqm is their largest model they offer before you have to start dealing with the delights of building regulations (they offer larger QC6 and QC7 models).

"I don't have a large garden, as you can see," says Liz, who wanted the garden office building to use as a library and move her large collection out of the house, "but I needed somewhere better to work so replaced my garage with my new study/library. One of my greatest dreams is to write a novel so I have named my room The Dreamery!

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Sunday, June 09, 2019

How to build a garden office in less than 10 minutes


And then another look at the build and what it's like a year and a bit later... ---------------------------------------

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Saturday, June 08, 2019

Huub solar-powered garden office


Dorset-based Wessex Eco Energy have developed an intriguing garden office which is entirely solar powered and has solar panels and storage batteries fitted as standard. They call it the Huub and there are various models, the one above (Type 22) measuring 3.8m x 3.5m, with one slightly smaller and one slightly large one. It's aimed squarely at the garden office and garden building market but is also of interest to those looking at tiny houses.

Inside there is integrated LED lighting with plywood walls and ceilings, and up to 6.4kWp of solar, generating around 4208 kWh of energy every year which they reckon saves three tonnes of CO2.


Well worth taking a look at their emrbryonic website and they will also be at the Dorset Country Show in September, as well as the Fully Charged Live Show at Silverstone today and tomorrow.
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Friday, June 07, 2019

Haynes Shed Manual and 10 best garden sheds in the 'i' newspaper


The i newspaper asked me (and fellow shed folk John Coupe - my Haynes Shed Manual co-author - and Uncle Wilco from readersheds) for some thoughts about sheds and garden offices. You can read the whole piece online here but here's a snippet (no idea why they've used the word "vast"!):
If you’ve ever considered a shed as accommodation then Alex Johnson has picked out a few top recommendations. Folk with pots of cash might turn to the ethical approach of Rotunda Roundhouses or the vast, bespoke designs of Tiny House Cabins. Those with an eye for tradition might be tempted by Plankbridge’s shepherds' huts which has Alex purring: “I defy anybody to browse their website and not come away wanting one”.
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Thursday, June 06, 2019

How to build your own garden office: update


Tracy Goodyear is nearly finished on her garden office build (see here for other recent updates) as you can see above, taken over the recent half term holidays. Here's what she says: "Things inside the office are starting to take shape. A few homely touches of a new chair, a home-made desk (instruction blog to follow!) and a few added extras, it’s now a comfortable and inviting space to work and relax." Catch up on her latest update here (you need to scroll down to find it) which includes details about adding skirting boards and siliconing the windows. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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