Monday, April 20, 2020

Upmarket garden offices

We don't normally include prices of garden offices on posts on Shedworking, unless they're absurdly cheap or ludicrously expensive (we make an exception for beach huts when they hit barmy figures like £300,000). The Sunday Times this weekend not only put together a remarkable hit job on Boris Johnson, but also included a feature on 'Garden studio ideas that will add space to your home and save you from upsizing'. Delightful though most of them are - and almost all of them have been featured on Shedworking previously - they're mostly in the £50,000-£100,000 bracket (and more like the top end of that). Nevertheless, if those sorts of numbers don't put you off, then the article is well worth a look (it's behind a paywall, but you can probably get it as your single weekly freebie).

Here's a snippet:
The open-plan home is taking a toll on family relationships during lockdown: when there are no walls, there’s no escape from each other, especially if you are WFH. Even before the restrictions came into effect, the architect Catherine Finkernagel, co-founder of Finkernagel Ross, was receiving a lot of calls about garden studios, and she believes the trend will take off after this period of cabin fever: “When you’ve got kids running rampant with their Nerf guns and Xboxes, it’s all too much. You need a space to retreat to.”
Our favourite was actually another build by Finkernagel Ross which we found while browsing their site, the garden office pictured above and below.

It multi-fuctions as a garden office, spare accommodation, gym, and home cinema, facing away from the house and with a Grade II listed park as a background behind the garden. Here's what they say about it:
"There’s a pace to this sort of project that we relish (and which makes a change from some of our bigger projects). From careful planning, through designing, procuring and building, the studio was up and ready in just two months. We needed a little more time to design the garden spaces around the studio, and now it’s just a case of waiting for the unsealed timber cladding to weather until it matches the bark of the trees behind. Soon it will look as if it’s always been there, at one with both the garden and the woodland behind."
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