Wednesday, July 08, 2020

How to build a musician's garden office


A marvellous detailed article at Production Expert by freelance dubbing mixer Graham Kirkman about how he moved his Luminol Audio studio from his attice into a Dolby Atmos-equipped garden studio. Here's a snippet:

To be honest my loft studio was almost perfect. No-one else used the space, it was big, it sounded great. So why did I build a new studio in my garden? Well - you’ll have noticed that I said it was ‘almost’ perfect. In the winter I could hardly feel my fingers and in the summer it was like sitting on the surface of the sun. Add to that that the boss (read wife) told me she wanted to turn it into an upstairs extension!!! So I needed a new space. Garden studio it is then…
This is one for music professionals and if that's you, then this is a must read.

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Tuesday, July 07, 2020

George Bernard Shaw's writing hut in the latest issue of the Idler


The latest issue of the Idler magazine is now out. It has my usual columns on sheds (and snooker) including a look at how George Bernard Shaw used his garden office to promote his own campaigns. Here's a snippet:
Thus, in August 1929, Shaw stood in front of his hut for a photo for Modern Mechanics & Inventions magazine to promote the idea of sunlight as a healing agent (the dramatic postures he effected for these shots were also in line with his interest in eurhythmics, the concept of developing one’s sense of rhythm through movement). He also had windows installed that were made from Vitaglass, a recent invention that allowed UV rays to come through, letting, the makers said, “health into the building”. That move, which was also picked up by newspapers, and indeed his very ownership of a hut with a turntable, placed him in the vanguard of medical thought, since rotating summerhouses were used to treat people suffering from tuberculosis.
You can read the rest - for free! - at this link.
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Monday, July 06, 2020

Garden office green roof





If you're contemplating whether or not to put a green sedum roof on top of your garden office, here's a fine example of what it can look like, courtesy devine1974.  -------------------------------------------------
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Sunday, July 05, 2020

Standen Bothy



The Shedworking staff are all members of the National Trust and spent a pleasant Saturday at Wimpole Hall in Cambridgeshire, walking the parkland and admiring the marvellous folly. Here's another wonderful example, a bothy built by the highly talented designer Will Shannon at the NT's Standen House as a tribute to the modern Arts & Crafts movement. Constructed from sandstone, Sussex bricks, handmade clay tiles and local sustainable timber, you can find it in the grounds of the property in West Sussex (booking currently required during this phase of lockdown).




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Friday, July 03, 2020

How to build a garden office by yourself (video)


It's been a while since we've had one of these speeded-up shed build videos and since it's Friday, it seems like a good day for another. Enjoy!

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Thursday, July 02, 2020

Brickwork studio


A rather impressive garden studio (the home of First World Records record label) by Somerset and south east London-based Trew Turner with an especially attractive facade produced via efflorescence using the natural salt in the bricks for the lighter colour effect. Outside it has London Yellow Stock bricks with thermalite blocks on the inside which with insulation makes it very snug. It also features an increasing popular Crittall style window and an oak herringbone floor. All the fitted furniture - bench, desk, turntable units - was made from Birch ply
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Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Tiny Salon


Tiny Salon is a marvellous moveable shedlike business, a mobile hair salon in a VW Luton Box Van operated by Laura Snellgrove in the Winchester/Southampton area. Inside the 3m x 2m internal space, it's all kitted out to a high standard (with eco-friendly haircutting features) and according to Laura replicates the full salon experience. Interestingly, Laura lives in a tiny house with her partner which they built last year




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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Cressida Cowell's path to the writing shed in June


Regular readers will have enjoyed the regular updates of the path to her garden shed of children's novelist, current Children's Laureate, and contributor to my latest bookCressida Cowell. For those new to the ongoing series, Cressida takes photos of the path to her writing shed garden office almost every month throughout the year. Pictured above is this month's late June example (see what it looked like for example in February, May and October last year).

And as a bonus, here is Felicite-Perpetue rambling over Monty Don's writing shed.


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Monday, June 29, 2020

The Home Office Pod


Another example of the way that the coronavirus effect will affect how we work comes thanks to the launch of new garden office suppliers The Home Office Pod, based in Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire just up the road from Shedworking HQ, a sister brand to Synergy Commercial Lighting.

The design itself is an attractive, 2.4m x 1.8m x 2.1m, self-assembly flat-pack 'plug and play' garden office. According to the makers, it takes two people up to five hours to build and comes complete with electrics + USB sockets, insulation, soundproofing, carpet and LED lighting.

But what's interesting is that front and centre in their marketing is that they are targeting companies who "need garden office pods for your management team". They go on to say: "Find out how much you could save with your teams working from home". Home Office Pod point to three ways that their garden offices are attractive to management:

* Maintain your office culture by providing the same experience for employees working from home
* Meet your duty of care by providing proper equipment for your staff to work safely, comfortably and efficiently
* Reduce cost significantly with your staff spending less time and money on travelling and less time being distracted whilst at home

On top of which they will help with surveying the workforce and offering tailormade solutions, plus offering various buying ranges including leasing and short term hire.

The effects of lockdown are noticeable elsewhere in the marketing literature. "Our in-grained passion for cool offices," they say, "is burning stronger than ever and if you are no longer going into the physical workplace as much then we will bring your cool office to you."  -------------------------------------------------
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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Tim Dowling's garden office

Guardian columnist Tim Dowling is now one of the highest profile shedworkers so it was good to finally get to see what his garden office looks like this weekend. ---------------------------------------

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Friday, June 26, 2020

The Joan Aiken Writing Shed



The much loved children's writer Joan Aiken didn't actually write in a garden office (her attic was her study) but her daughter Lizza Aiken runs her mother's literary estate from the above writing shed. Here's what she says:
My mother had attempted to prepare me, and given me a tour of her study  –  ‘Don’t call it the attic!’ as she used to say… I had with her help drawn up a map of where everything was filed, although much of it was in boxes under the eaves and suitcases in between the rafters – the accumulation of fifty years and several house moves. When I brought all the paperwork – let alone multiple copies of the books in every possible language – up to my house in London, I realised I would have to build a new room for it all – hence the shed!
From the shed, Lizza runs the excellent The Wonderful World of Joan Aiken website and virtual museum. Below, she reads a short story inside the shed.



 
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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Talking Pictures TV channel



Talking Pictures TV is an independent archive film and television channel which is based in a garden office in Chipperfield, just up the road from Shedworking HQ in Hertfordshire. It's run by Noel Cronin, his daughter Sarah Cronin-Stanley, and her husband Neill. As they put it:
Melt to the heart-breaking romance of Michael Denison and Dulcie Gray in ‘The Glass Mountain’. Gasp at the chilling horror of Sir Donald Wolfit in ‘Blood of the Vampire’. Bop to the pioneering rock ‘n’ roll of Terry Dene in ‘The Golden Disc’, and thrill at John Bentley as the dashing novelist cum amateur detective Paul Temple.
It's been a great success during lockdown with viewing figures hitting around six million a week, and had plenty of coverage in the national media. Here's a look around it from the BBC


 You can watch it on Virgin 445, Freeseat 306, Freeview or Youview 81, or on Sky channel 328.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Monty Don's writing shed in June


We've covered Monty Don's writing shed several times on Shedworking because he obviously loves it so much and it's so picturesque. Here is what it looks like this morning, framed with the lovely rambling 'Wedding Day' rose. --------------------------------------
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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

iCap 'garden office' accessory



As soon as the sun comes out, social media is full of people saying 'welcome to my garden office' under a pic of their laptop on a table in the garden. It's a great first step towards becoming a fully fledged shedworker. But one problem with this setup (apart from the likely ergonomic horror) is screen reflection. One way to get round this is to invest in an iCap which provides help with glare as well as other issues such as sand (if you're working beachside) or rain (though maybe this will actually make you return indoors). Used by professional photographers around the world, it comes in various sizes, each with numerous openings for ventilation/cables/USB sticks, and various belts to adjust the size of the opening - essentially they're titchy tents.
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Monday, June 22, 2020

Tree Hoe treehouse




A marvellous hexagoal tree house by Mark Burton from Tiny House UK for a returning customer in Surrey. The multi-use build is used as a potting shed, a treehouse space for grandchildren, and a double-door garage for a ride-on mower. Clad in the famous Western Red Cedar shingles and lots of nice touches such as the door handle above. Lots more photos at the Tiny House site here.

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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Workstation Cabin



For those who want to think outside the box, here's the geometrically-fascinating Workstation Cabin from Budapest-based Hello Wood. Here are the specs:

Area and space requirements: 4.34 x 3.40 x 3.60 m
Net floor area: 9.3 m2
Gross floor area: 10 m2
External height (with legs): 3.60 m (3.25 m +, 0.35 m)
Interior area: 8 m2 Internal height: 2.6 m

It is delivered fully-built with a built-in bench and electrics. Additional features include mood lighting, sound system, and air conditioner.

Hello Wood is an interesting supplier. Here's how they describe themselves:
Hello Wood started out as an art camp in 2010, and over the years, has grown into a global hub for architects, designers and woodworkers looking to new ways of sharing and producing knowledge. Today we exist both as a creative architecture and design studio and an educational platform for architectural dialogue and experimentation.
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Saturday, June 20, 2020

Is it time to get a garden office?


An excellent piece about the versatility of garden offices and sheds by Mark Burton of Tiny House Cabins at SLMan. Here's a snippet:
“People don’t necessarily want your average 4ft pent shed anymore,” confirms Mark. “Nowadays, sheds aren’t just for run-of-the-mill uses like storing garden tools and tins of paint. I’ve built sheds for jam making, gin making, songwriting and even chinchilla breeding.” The right shed can be a home office, workshop, gym or just a relaxing spot for a drink with friends. Think about soundproofing if you’re planning to use it as a music studio or workshop; just add a built-in bar if you want a space for entertaining; air conditioning is a good addition if you’re after a home gym.
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Friday, June 19, 2020

The Life-Changing Magic of Sheds


One to look out for as a potential addition to your shedworking bookshelf, The Life-Changing Magic of Sheds: A Pilgrimage to the Bottom of the Garden by Henry Cole who some of you will know from television series Shed and Buried.  Here's the bumph from the publisher:
When it comes to truly finding out who you are and what makes you tick, there is one thing that needs no online subscription to a cloud-based server with a password you keep forgetting. That, my friend, is a shed.

Your shed is your refuge. It’s the place where you go when you need a break from this mad, crazy world. But a shed can only help you if it’s not attached to the house. The minute you attach the shed to the gaff, or confuse the concept of a shed with the concept of a conservatory, or a home office or a Shepherd’s Hut, you’re doing yourself over. You’re never, ever going to get spiritual enlightenment in a lean-to. That’s like going to find yourself in Thailand, and staying in the airport.

You need to make that pilgrimage to the bottom of the garden. Whether you’re walking down a muddy track or crunching along a perfect gravel path, you have to get out of the house. Breathe in the fresh air. Then pull open the door, grapple for the light switch, fire up the heaters and turn on the kettle. Once you’re inside the four walls of your shed, you can do whatever you like. You’re the king in there.
Out in September. Here's Henry chatting briefly about it:

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