Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Jobs with the UK Men's Sheds Assocation


Jobs in the shed world don't come up that frequently so it's pleasing to see the UK Men's Sheds Assocation advertising for a couple of positions, Digital Communication Officer (fixed term) to manage the website, social media and monthly newsletter, and Membership & Support Services Officer (Maternity Cover) who is the first point of contact/public face of UKMSA.  Closing date is midnight on August 11 and interviews will be on 29 and 30 August. More details at the link above. Good luck!


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Monday, July 22, 2019

The Light Shed



A cracking home designed and built garden office by architect Richard John Andrews which he calls The Light Shed, or as he puts it "my approach to creating a holistic studio, office and business without the pressure of commercial letting and the rigid location that comes with owning an office". So while it is an office with space for two or three people, it is also going to be used as a family and entertaining space.

Richard describes the materials as "fairly cheap and hard wearing materials, although these have been finessed in craftsmanship to create an elegant and cosy workspace measuring in at 12sqm internally". Features include timber sliding doors, diffused polycarbonate roofing panels (hence its name), black corrugated fibreglass cladding, and plywood-lined interior. More photos at his site here.

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Garden office feature of the week: store deck and ladder


Time for a new regular feature to invigorate Sunday posts. Welcome then 'Garden office feature of the week' in which we will post some of our favourite garden office features that don't always come as standard. First out of the blocks is this store deck and ladder setup from Homestead Garden Rooms (the company behind the first Shedworking HQ) who point out that: "With any small business, storage can be an issue very quickly. With a store deck and ladder, you’ll instantly gain that much-needed storage space for any equipment or stock you may have." ---------------------------------------

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Black garden office


We've looked at black garden offices before on Shedworking as they seem to be gaining in popularity. Here's another one, owned by Emma who lives in a ground floor flat in London which happily has a decent-sized garden in which to locate this garden office from Malvern Garden Buildings. It's a workspace for her to work on her illustrations and her partner to play the guitar, plus the occasional spot of entertaining friends. Here's what she says about it:
"I think the dark makes it blend in to the garden but also look smart and sophisticated. The garden itself goes from English country garden to tropical around the seating area in front of the garden room. With our love of the sea and surf, we wanted the garden room to be a little beachy pocket of our house, we went with a modern approach and chose a bohemian, scandi style with beach hut influences."


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Friday, July 19, 2019

What is your ideal garden office?


Although there are many ways of making your garden office feel exactly like home, we're all slightly constrained by the circumstances of our back gardens. In an interview with readingzone.com, Helen Peters talks about her excellent new book Anna at War and was also asked about her garden office wishlist...
Q: Can you describe your ideal writers' shed, and where it would be?

A: This is something I think about a lot! Whenever I visit a stately home with a beautiful summerhouse in the garden, I redecorate it in my imagination as my writing shed.

So my ideal writing shed wouldn't really be a shed at all, but a grand summerhouse with brick walls, tiled floors and a high ceiling. All along the front wall would be floor-to-ceiling French windows, and the other walls would be lined with books. I would have a big table facing the windows, and a fireplace in one wall, so I could keep cosy with a log fire in the winter.

The summerhouse would be in a garden full of flowers and fruit trees and singing birds, and all around the garden would be woods and hills. The garden would be walled on three sides, but at the front it would open out on to a lake. When I needed a break from writing, I would swim in the lake or walk in the woods and hills. 

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Building a garden office: Part 7


One of the garden office builds we've been following this year is nearing completion. Web designer and developer Jack McConnell is now at stage 7 of the build (you can see the others here) and the video below shows him building and insulating the roof, adding OSB boards to his side walls, and weatherproofing the whole build. There's a very nice surprise right at the end of the video...

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Holloway Lightbox


A great design and build by London-based architects Studio Bark in Leyton, London, called Holloway Lightbox. This garden office is used as a photography studio, an office for a screenwriter, and also as occasional extra family space. The 1,200 handmade coloured tiles took three weeks to make and are a nod to the digital age, representing a pixelated facade. Here's what they say about it:
"This modern yet sustainable skin [made using waste timber fibres] presents an emphatic juxtaposition between new and old, incorporating chalky surface tones, helping to complement the rigid Victorian masonry adjacent."
The final design features an asymetrical pitched roof and a fixed rooflight. It's also available as an Air bnb rental.




Photos by Jon Holloway.

Holloway Lightbox from ALVIN HUNG on Vimeo.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Musician's garden studio: before and after


Here's a fascinating 'before and after' 15sqm garden office build by architectural design studio made with volume for a jazz pianist in Forest Gate, east London. Above is how it looks now and below is the garden shed they had to work with...


Here's what they say about it: "We kept what was salvageable from the dilapidated existing structure and created a highly insulated space for our client to compose, arrange and relax from. Not a bad spot to work from! We have approached the project with a sensibility in terms of budget and materials that will allow the client to undertake some works themselves with some external help. The project involves upgrading the existing structure and replace elements that are either damaged or not fit for purpose."


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Monday, July 15, 2019

Garden office counselling room


A counselling room designed and built by Garden Affairs in Hove, East Sussex. It's one of their Linea garden room range coming in at 3m x 2m, is fully insulated, double-glazed, has paint-stained walls and painted doors/windows.  -------------------------------------------------
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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Thoreau's Walden Pond cabin: stud sections and nails

Some fascinating artefacts from the godfather of shedworking Henry David Thoreau's famous cabin. The block of wood above measures 10 x 23 x 10 cm and the two nails approximately 8 and 16 cm. -----------------------------------
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Friday, July 12, 2019

Allotment shed roof


Here is former Shed of the Year winner Joel Bird enjoying his new shed roof allotment. Pictured below are more images of him setting up its irrigation system as he admits that the roof gets quite hot and dry plus a plan of what crops he plans to grow. If you're planning something similar, remember that it's going to be pretty heavy - here's a good guide to green roof weights.



Below is a reminder of his original 2014-awardwinning Shed of the Year design with fellow shedworker George Clarke.

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Garden office accountancy firm


Sometimes we forget the 'garden' element of having a 'garden office'. Here's an excellent example of what can be done by accountant Jack Richmond who has colourful meadow flowers planted outside his office door in a build by Norwegian Log.

Jack has gone down the shedworking route and works in his father’s accountancy firm but needed enough extra room in the garden office for a future employee, as well as a large desk area. He found what he was looking for at a RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and bought the Norwegian Log 5m x3 metre GRV building which was being used as a display model there and was eventually craned into place in his own back garden. As Jack’s home is on a corner plot, his clients can reach the office via a side gate in the garden fence.

“The building retains heat brilliantly in the winter," says Jack. "I used it on the coldest day last winter and it was warm and cosy. This summer I’ve sat here with the doors open, looking out onto the garden.”
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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

How to buy Virginia Woolf's writing shed



If you were at the Chelsea Flower Show this year, hopefully you managed to get a look at Malvern Garden Buildings' latest design, their Woolf Writing Shed. We'd wondered if it was a one-off but happily they have just confirmed that it will soon be part of their permanent collection soon (Scotts of Thrapston used to offer a similar kind of design several years ago but that is no longer available). The shed is painted in dove grey like Woolf's writing lodge at her home at Monk’s House, and features double French doors, and a decked are.

British designer and Virginia Woolf’s great niece, Cressida Bell (pictured below) described the design as a "nurturing and relaxing environment" and a fitting tribute to Virginia. "In her essay ‘A Room of One’s Own’ my great aunt Virginia Woolf writes that in order for a woman to write fiction she must have two things, a room of her own and enough money to support herself.  I am in complete agreement with her on both counts, but the having the first is a very important step on the path to gaining the latter.

"I am lucky enough to have a large studio away from my house in which to create, but I need the extra space as I am a printer – as well as a designer. It is where I run my business, but also a place of great creativity. Though it is in urban East London it is surrounded by a leafy courtyard, so I have the calm of a garden to retreat to at lunchtime and after work."

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Garden office art studio



Two examples of garden offices used as art studios by Garden Affairs. They're both custom designed, traditional style, log cabins in 70mm timber, featuring factory-painted doors and windows, factory-stained walls, pitch roof with bitumen red felt shingles to residential standard, roof and floor insulation, double-glazing and full electrics throughout. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Monday, July 08, 2019

ShedFest 2019


The UK Men's Sheds Association is working hard on putting together its annual ShedFest celebrations which this year will be held on September 3 at the University of Worcester Arena. The programme will include sessions on leadership and sustainability plus the popular - and growing each year - exhibition to attract more Shedders, as well as practical demonstrations from leading companies and organisations. New for 2019 are two competitions, Best Bird Box and Best Turned Item. Entries need to be brought to ShedFest with details from the link above.

Two more related events for your diary - tomorrow is the first Isle of Wight Shed Fest at Sandown Airport which will celebrate Mens' Sheds and provide the chance to meet Shedders from the island and south coast network. It's free entry and runs from noon until 6pm, with live music, displays, and will a beer ‘horse box’ bar

The UK association is also highlightin Silver Sunday on October 3, a national celebration of older people which the association has supported for many years. More details at the link.
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Thursday, July 04, 2019

Back soon


The Shedworking staff are out of the office at a relative's 80th birthday celebrations in Spain. Normal service will be resumed on Monday.

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Philosphers' sheds in the Idler magazine


The new issue of the Idler magazine is now out, featuring my regular columns on sheds and snooker. This time round it's a look at philosophers' garden offices. Here's a snippet:

It’s easy to see why some of our finest philosophers have a penchant for sheds. Where else can you get some proper thinking done, away from the hurly burly of the modern life and the appalling demands of other people? That was certainly Ludwig Wittgenstein’s approach, spending huge amounts of time in his cabin at the top of the Sognefjord fjord in Norway, pondering and scribbling.
For those of you interested in snooker, there's also my thoughts on the genius that is Mr Ronnie O'Sullivan (even if you don't like snooker I think you will enjoy it). You can get copies of the Idler at various outlets around the country (lots of WH Smiths stock it) or a subscription online (which is better and cheaper in the long run).

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

George Clarke: shedworker


It's no surprise that George Clarke, the presenter of many house/home programmes on the television and perhaps best known for his Amazing Spaces series and work with Shed of the Year, also has a garden office at his home in London. In an interview with the Daily Mail (in which he explains why he keeps certain objects in his shedworking atmosphere) he says that it "is where I escape to read and write. It’s so peaceful except for the rumble of the Tube going past, but I love that."

George also does some work with window coverings specialist Hillarys who have this to say about his garden office, pictured above in what must be the tidiest setup we've ever seen:
George’s style is sleek, mid-century modern, and Tetbury Charcoal curtains perfectly complement this cool design aesthetic. A simple wave curtain header allows the curtains to drape in soft, rippling folds, creating a relaxed and informal feel. 
And here he is giving a tour of his garden office, with a special focus on his curtains, plus a bonus look at another garden building used as a spare bedroom.


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Monday, July 01, 2019

Writing shed door knocker


Every garden office should have a door knocker. Here's a fine one owned by writer Chris Elphick in Wales.
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