Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Sculptor's garden room






A cleverly designed garden room by Green Retreats for a client who retired three years ago. "After many years working in London and not having much time for his craft, our client decided it was time to pick up the old hobby once again," explained Steph Antoniades from Green Retreats. "Initially he shared a space in his home with his wife, who is a hobbyist seamstress but this soon became impractical as they both required space. Our client also couldn’t feasibly practice sculpting in his home, for fear of making a mess."

The answer was this 4m x 2.5m garden room in composite black, the black cladding matching the client's awardwinning home which is also clad in black, allowing the garden room to blend well with the house. Features include a 2.3m sliding door with a screen window to the left to allow as much light in as possible. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Monday, February 24, 2020

'She shed' or 'Fem den'?


The Telegraph is suggesting that the term 'she shed' is "fairly awful-sounding" and suggesting 'fem-den' as an alternative in a new article about the move away from 'man caves'. Still, an interesting piece well worth reading, namedropping broadcaster Kirsty Wark and her summerhouse work shed (pictured above), Elle magazine editor Farrah Storr's chic shed, and Lady Anne Field's studio (featured previously on Shedworking)  -------------------------------------------------
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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Prosecco hut: before and after

 
Sometimes it's hard to  imagine what your garden office room will look like in real life by simply looking at models on suppliers' sites. Here above is a nice example from Waltons, above of their 7x7 corner summerhouse as shown on their website, and below once customised and in place.


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Monday, February 17, 2020

A (garden) room with a view




Most garden offices have a pleasant setting but not always remarkable views (unless you really enjoy looking at your kitchen windows). Here's one in Wales from Coventry-based TG Escapes which offers splending vistas.  -------------------------------------------------
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Sunday, February 16, 2020

How to build a mancave


Most "this is how I built my garden office" step-by-steps are done as blogs or on videos. But Building My Mancave is the first one I've come across on Twitter.

Well worth a look from the first posting onwards.
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Friday, February 14, 2020

Garden office funerary urn


Designed and built by West Yorkshire-based carpenter Alan Lyons, and inspired by Dylan Thomas's writing shed, this was commissioned as a casket for ashes.
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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Garden office raised foundations



There are various ways of using foundations for garden offices and garden rooms. Here's Mark Ramuz from Garden2Office on a recent build:
"Thanks to our raised foundations, this client was able to fit his new office in a garden that had just been cleared of Japanese knotweed and minimal digging was advised. The Friggebod was fitted with air conditioning and one of our waterless toilets."
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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Sculpting studio picture essay


A 4m x 2.5m sculpting studio from Buckinghamshire-based The Garden Office (their TG03) model. --------------------------------------
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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

New 'Affinity' range for Smart


Smart has just launched a new garden room range called the 'Affinity' with a special introductory price until the end of this month plus the first 20 orders get a free upgrade to its revolutionary new flush interior. The main eyecatcher is the canopy option which comes in 2m or 3m extensions with LED lighting. Other features include exterior irregular vertical larch cladding, a hooded front portico with decking

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Planning permission: the importance of not giving up


As reported in the Daily Record, Paul Dix from Perth has been given the green light by local planning authorities to build a garden room large enough for his full-size snooker table. But the key part to the story is that this is third time lucky as the previous applications were turned down by Perth and Kinross Council, forcing him to reduce the size of the build from the original proposed 30m squared, followed by 25m squared, and finally for 22.8m squared (which to be honest is going to be quite tight as the snooker table measures 12ft x 6ft).

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Sunday, February 09, 2020

Edward Burne-Jones: shedworker


Pre-Raphaelite 19th century painter and stained glass specialist Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones was also a shedworker. Granted, his garden studio at his house in Fulham, London, was pretty spacious as his grand-daughter novelist Angela Thirkell remembers in her memoir 'Three Houses' (the painting she refers to was Burne-Jones magnum opus, The Last Sleep of Arthur in Avalon):
"It was a little alarming to us: the red-tiled entrance and steps which led down to the furnace-room where we were never allowed to go and where anything, one felt, might live; the iron grills in the floor to let in the warm air for winter days; the tall narrow slit in the outer wall through which the larger finished pictures were passed. Sometimes those pictures went to exhibitions, but more often straight to the friend or patron (in the very best sense of the word) who had commissioned them and was content to wait for years if need be for the perfect expression of the artist's mind.

"In this studio there was a very high set of steps with a higher and lower platform on which the artist worked at the upper portions of his pictures. I remember sitting on these steps, my head wrapped in a many-colored piece of silk and bound with a coronet, while my grandfather made studies of crown and drapery for one of the mourning queens in the great unfinished picture of Arthur in Avalon"
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Saturday, February 08, 2020

Help save Derek Jarman's Prospect Cottage


An appeal to safeguard film-maker and artist Derek Jarman's former Victorian fisherman's hut and garden in Dungeness is underway, led by the Art Fund (more details at the link - they're about halfway there as it stands with a couple of months to go). The campaign aims to raise £3.5 million to secure the future of the cottage and its iconic garden as a centre of creative activity. The plan will be overseen by Creative Folkestone who will also restore the garden and run a residency programme for artists, writers, gardeners, filmmakers, academics, and activists. The cottage will also be open to the public for visits.


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Friday, February 07, 2020

Garden office therapy studio




Here's a custom designed therapy studio for a Garden Affairs shedworker in Somerset. "The customer lives in a small village and the building would be viewed by anyone passing her lane," explains Poppy Squire from Garden Affairs. "She therefore chose a Linea with its low profile roof as she felt that a lot of other buildings she had looked at with large roof overhangs were too imposing. The Linea also allowed her to position the building close to her boundary." 

The treatment room is 3.5m x 2.5m, with vertical groove cladding, fully insulated and double glazed, with a triple window (one fixed panel and two tilt/turn windows for ventilation), and oak laminate flooring, all with a larch wood exterior painted soft grey to blend into the garden. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Thursday, February 06, 2020

Replacing an old garden studio



My fellow co-author on the Haynes Shed Manual (click the link for a 25% discount if you still haven't bagged yourself a copy) John Coupe, has been busy this year, currently building a shed in his workshop (replacement parts loaded above and ready to be built on site). This will replace a 50-year-old 4x7m garden studio that he demolished last week which had come to the end of its life due to timber decay from a leaking roof. "It came down with a very satisfying 'whumpf'," says John. If you're thinking of a bespoke shed build, click the link above to go to his website. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Garden room with side overhang




An interesting exterior feature here from Bakers Timber Buildings, an aluminium tri-slider Executive Pent model. It measures 4.8 m x 3.8m with a lare matching overhang/canopy coming in at 2.4m x 3.8m with downlights and a pendant light fitting. As well as the aforementioned sliding doors at the front, there are French doors to the side to offer the much-sought after dual aspect. Doors and windows are all in matching 'Anthracite' aluminium, with a Firestone EPDM roof.

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