Monday, November 18, 2019

Garden office designed for customer with mobility issues




This bespoke garden office in Box Hill, Corsham, is from Swift Garden Rooms. It measures 5m x 3m and in addition to the black cladding and comprehensive insulation, has a multipurpose internal space which has been designed specifically for theclient's needs. As mobility issues are a key issue in this build, it has been designed with future-proof elements such as three leaf sliding doors with an ultra-low threshold. Swift's engineers/designers also incorporated additional internal wall strength to accommodate anchor points for specialised therapeutic exercise equipment.
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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Traditional offices could be obsolete by 2030, says new report


An interesting report from integrated web applications specialists Zapier in the US suggests that the writing is on the wall for 'traditional' offices. In their latest study, around three-quarters of knowledge workers said they would be keen to leave a job which didn't permit working from home and jump to on that did, more than 40% said working from home was more productive than being in a 'normal' office (just under a third), and two-thirds of those questioned believe that the current idea of an 'office' will becom obsolete by 2030 for most roles.

They were also asked why they wanted to work from home and here are the top reasons:
  1. Save money — 48%
  2. Work from anywhere — 47%
  3. Spend more time with their family — 44%
  4. More productive at home — 35%
  5. Better for their mental health. — 29%
  6. It’s more environmentally sustainable — 23%
  7. Spend more time with pets — 18%
  8. Relocate somewhere more affordable – 16%
  9. Make it easier when they start a family - 16%
  10. Care for aging parents – 16%

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

The secret life of sheds


A nice little piece in the FT by Emily Rhodes takes a look at the rise of rather luxurious bespoke garden offices. Here's a snippet:
"The desire for “secret space” — in the form of a bespoke, contemporary and spacious garden shed — is driving an entire architectural trend. “The sense of separation is really important,” says Jonathan Silver, an architect whose Pavilion, an “undeniably modern” shed structure, sits in the garden of his own west London flat. “You really get away; you can shut the door.”"
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Friday, November 15, 2019

Roald Dahl's writing shed: Miss Spider and the Hut


Here's a view of Roald Dahl's writing hut that many people will not have seen, as imagined by Ralph Steadman in the book The Roald Dahl Treasury, in ink, watercolour and acrylic with a photographic collage centrepiece. In Miss Spider and the Hut, Steadman portrays the first creature that James (of Giant Peach fame) meets on his adventures, here in mushroom fields looming above the writer's shed. Steadman said of the shed: "The room reminded me of an aeroplane cockpit. This was his creative space capsule inside which his imagination blossomed with wild, mischievous ideas."

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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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