Friday, January 24, 2020

Why choose a garden office?


It's always interesting to hear from people who are planning to embark on the shedworking journey and considering which garden office to go for (lots of people contact Shedworking every week asking for recommendations for suppliers and we're always very happy to advise). Here's an excellent blog post by Naomi Liddell who runs the Rock My Wedding planning resource.
"One of the reasons we thought of moving to a bigger house recently was to gain space. I work from home most of the time, but my work stations are either a desk in the dining room, or a desk in our bedroom. I switch between both depending on how I feel, who’s in the house, what time of day I’m working. Both small spaces function perfectly fine for my day job (here and Rock My Wedding). But I also own an online shop that requires space for stock, printing, packaging of orders etc. The location of this is not so flexible and sucks up major storage space in the house.

"Enter, the idea of a garden office. Our garden is relatively small, but we do have a patch of (what’s currently) waste ground up the back. It’s not very deep (about 2.5m) but it’s wide. The previous owners had a bog standard garden shed there. On a recent date day, Gavin and I went to see a man about our own shed (oh the romance!). The aim is to build a 2.4m x 5m building that will be 2/3 insulated garden office and 1/3 garden shed. We figured if we keep both in the same building with a partition wall between the two, it would be more cost-effective and just look tidier."
You can read the rest of Naomi's post here.

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Choosing a garden office roof



We always advise people to think carefully about the design of their garden office but one aspect that is often slightly overlooked is the roof. Here is a good example from Malvern Garden Buildings, their Hanley garden office model with a pent flat roof and again with a hipped roof. The result is a very different look (and not just because of the time of day). Think roofing!


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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Claire Barker: Shedworker


Children's writer Claire Barker - author of the Picklewitch and Jack and Knitbone Pepper series - works from a shepherd's hut in north Devon. Here's what she says about it on the Faber site:
"I love my hut. It’s basically the tree house I never had. On frosty mornings ribbons of smoke rise from its chimney and the windows glow. From my comfy chair I have a long view out of the window, across the field and all the way back to the woods. From here I can see all sorts of wildlife, hares, owls and weasels. On warm summer days little wrens gaze from the doorway and black birds hop about with worms in their beaks."
She adds that recently the Blue Tits have taken to headbanging the window until she produces the ‘right’ sort of snacks.
 


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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

A year of garden offices


Swift Garden Rooms have put together a kind of 2019 Greatest Hits of their builds from last year. Here are our three favourites from that list, starting with the art studio of  Rachel Camilleri above.


Next is this intriguingly designed garden building with an unusual facade which contains a pool table and gym equipment but doubles as a bedroom for guests.


And finally, another all-purpose garden room, again with attractive bespoke exterior design features.
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Monday, January 20, 2020

Yoga Dojo


A beautiful yoga dojo from MW Architects which has three distinct spaces for yoga and meditation  with exposed brickwork internatlly as well as exteranally. Features include an exposed metalwork grid roof open to the main space, outside hot tub in the courtyard, and separate lavatory. Lots more luscious photos here.  -------------------------------------------------
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Friday, January 17, 2020

Garden office and family room combined



An interesting L-shaped garden office build from Vivid Green which works both as a working space in the front left corner and family space to the back, particularly popular with the teenagers of the family. Features include a matching grey composite decking area, toilet and washbasin, programmable underfloor heating. The whole thing is clad with our old friend Western Red Cedar except to the rear where they used cement particle board painted in grey weather shield paint instead to comply with fire regulations (it's very close to a boundary fence).
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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Garden office home gym pods


New Year, new shedlike fitness resolution? Home gyms are one of the shedworkingesque success stories of the last decade and grown in popularity throughout whatever we're calling the 2010s. Jordan Caulfield from Green Retreats (which has two showrooms in Westcott and Twickenham, no appointments needed, examples pictured above) is a big believer in insulated and durable home gyms at the end of the garden.

"Incorporating a healthier lifestyle with regular visits to the gym has never been so easy," he says. "Installed in the garden, home gyms are private and allow for intense gym sessions without having to extend homes or travel to and from a public gym. Garden gyms take minimal time to construct, and cause no disruption to home life. Bring the gym environment to your home, and make keeping in shape simple.

"Just a short walk down the garden, our home gyms are changing the fitness world by promoting fitness at home. Those who avoid attending busy local gyms now have a solution to exercise in privacy with peace and quiet for an affordable price."

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

She Shed Living


One of the most positive elements of shedworking that we always emphasise when interviewed is that it has welcomed women into what had previously been a very male-dominated shed world. The concept of 'she sheds' has really come of age in the last few years and so we're delighted to point readers towards California-based She Shed Living, run by Erika Kotite (author of She Sheds: A Room of Your Own and She Sheds Style: Make Your Space Your Own) and designer Sabrina Contreras.  Here's what they say about their mission
She Shed Living is about enjoying a place that is all yours, an escape from your hectic life. Whether it’s a pretty shed, a sunny greenhouse or a private backyard arbor, women’s personal spaces are sacred and essential in their chronically busy lives. We’ve built a website filled with stories, projects, tips and uniquely wonderful products especially for those who seek solace after working and caring for others. Here you’ll find inspiration to build, design and decorate a unique studio or shed. You’re able to connect with kindred spirits – women like you as well as interesting people completely different from you. Sharing and celebrating the backyard/outdoor life is firmly encouraged!
They also have their own range of sheds produced in collaboration with A Place to Grow (pictured above). Well worth a long browse.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Garden room with curved glass sliding doors

 

Here's an early look at the designs for an intriguing new garden office build from Rotunda Roundhouses. Founder and spatial designer Gemma Roe explains the details:

"A client of ours in Sussex has commissioned us to design and build an incredible Rotunda 6m Garden Room for entertaining and dinner events. The building itself has a composite slate terracotta roof and deep canopy. Built with an en-suite w/c and finished with underfloor heating and a bespoke paint finish, this is set to be one of our most glamorous garden buildings yet."

The glass has now arrived from Balconette Window Systems and been very carefully stored. Below is an example from Balconette of how curved glass doors look in real life. We look forward to bringing you photos from the Rotunda build later in the year on Shedworking.

 

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Garden office before and after (videos)


It's been a while since we've had a time lapse garden office build, so here's a really nice one, a build in seven minutes.


And that's followed by an equally nice, though normal speed, before and after of the same build. Well worth a watch also.
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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Children's steam engine play shed


As the hunt for Shed of the Year 2020 gets underway, one of the early frontrunners already must be this marvellous wooden steam train playhouse which comes with its own narrow gauge railway tracks. The whole build is largely recycled wood, old cable drums, and sleepers.


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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Garden office 3D virtual showroom


We always recommend taking a look at a showroom or at another shedworker's build before taking the plunge into paying for a new garden office. Sometimes though, that's just not practical, so virtual  3D showrooms are another good bet. Here's a great new one from Norwegian Log, pictured above in a more static state, with 360 degree tours of various buildings, including log homes, an annexe and two garden office models, 6m x 4m and 7m x4m. Click the link above to see it in action (works best on a phone or tablet).
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Friday, January 10, 2020

Writer's garden studio




A marvellous build for a shedworking writer in south London by MW Architects, replacing a dilapidated wash house, the bricks of which were reclaimed for the office's construction. Inside is a reading room, small lavatory, and shower room. Features include a large fixed roof light, a sedum roof, fold down desks and electrical cabling hidden at picture rail height.

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Thursday, January 09, 2020

How the Men's Shed movement has changed lives


A great article in the Aberdeen Press and Journal focuses on the great work done by Scottish Sheds. Here's a snippet:
Cullen Men’s Shed began just 10 months ago, following encouragement from the local community council. With more than a dozen members turning out each week, secretary of the Men’s Shed Alistair Wheelhouse said it has helped improve the health and wellbeing of various residents. He said: “It makes the community a better place because people are getting more and more involved. We have about 20 members overall down there, eight of them are veterans and ex-forces people. They are the folk Men’s Sheds are really about. They were in their homes feeling a little lonely, not doing anything and here was a reason to chat.”
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Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Friend of SMART

SMART Garden Rooms, Offices & Studios have launched their own rewards scheme which you can join if you buy one of their garden office buildings. There are various levels and rewards including:
  • Friend OF SMART – if you agree to let prospective SMART buyers come and visit your building as a  showcase you receive a £100 Amazon voucher for up to six visits
  • Recommend a Friend – £500 cashback on full payment of your friend’s building who inturn receives a £500 discount off their order
  • Sponsorship/Promotion – if you grant SMART permission to run a case study on your business being run from a SMART building, they will promote your business  in the case study and through a link from our website to yours.
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Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Entries for Shed of the Year 2020 now open


A quick note to say that entries for the Shed of the Year 2020 competition are now open. As in previous years, shed-owners need to submit at least two photos of their shed (interior and exterior) plus some information about their shed - no images, no entry. The closing date for entries is still to be confirmed so best to enter as early as possible. You have to be resident in the UK or Ireland to be eligible to win the top prize (pictured above is last year's winner, the Lord of the Rings-inspired Bux End) though the International Shed of the Year title is also up for grabs for those outside these waters. Again, as before, a judges panel will whittle the longlist down to a shortlist and then a public vote will decide the category winners before the judges take up their onerous duties again to select the overall winner. As always, full details and lots of sheds over at readersheds.co.uk. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Monday, January 06, 2020

New shed words enter the lexicon


Word expert Adam Jacot de Boinod has put together some of the more unusual words and phrases to enter the UK lexicon over the last 12 months for the Daily Mail. Among them are a couple of shedworkingesque ones:
SHED EFFECT: The benefits to health and wellbeing associated with the men’s shed movement, an initiative that encourages men, especially those who are elderly or socially isolated, to forge new friendships and work together on traditionally male-focused activities such as DIY projects.

SHOFFICE: A garden shed which is also used as an office.
The term 'shed effect" may be new to some readers (not to be confused with "the bicycle-shed effect"). Age UK Scotland brought out an excellent pdf report called The Shed Effect: Shedders in Scotland a couple of years ago which is well worth a look while The Daily Mash also has its own inimitable take on the concept. In addition to these two suggestions, the Cambridge Dictionary New Words blog also considers 'shedio' as an additional possibility.

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Sunday, January 05, 2020

Hobbit sheds in the new Idler


Look out for the new January-February edition of the Idler magazine which should be hitting the shelves very soon (in 100 WH Smiths around the country, as well as bookshops and galleries, and 33 Waitrose stores). It includes my regular column on garden offices and other shedlike structures with a look at hobbit-like sheds, plus for those of you interested in snooker, how music and the noble baize sport are the perfect combination. ---------------------------------------

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Saturday, January 04, 2020

Stefan-Peter Greiner's garden studio


An interesting article in The Strad (£) ooks at the work of luthier Stefan-Peter Greiner (he makes and repairs stringed instruments) and talks to Pauline Harding about his glass-fronted garden studio (pictured above) and shedworking environment. Here's a snippet:
Greiner’s abode is deliberately secluded, he tells me: not long ago he was based in a bustling workshop in Bonn, where increasing numbers of visitors were making it difficult for him to focus. ‘From the commercial side it was interesting,’ he says, ‘but I felt after a while that I wasn’t doing anything by myself. Now I work in my garden studio, and I meet my clients at J.&A. Beare.’ All in all, it is a far more peaceful and productive set-up – though he remains busy, with a waiting list of five years to buy one of his instruments through private sale.
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