Friday, June 25, 2021

Shedinburgh Fringe Festival returns




After last year's very successful launch (see previously on Shedworking),  the Shedinburgh Fringe Festival is back next month. The brainchild of producers Francesca Moody and Harriet Bolwell and writer/performer Gary McNair, it's going to be run along similar lines, what they describe as "an online festival of the best of the Fringe stalwarts of theatre, music and comedy". Live performances come from sheds at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh and Soho Theatre in London and artists are also streaming remotely from their own sheds.

The series of one-night-only shows runs August 3 - 30 and will also include the TEDx-inspired SHEDx, a series of free-to-watch 10 minute talks from Fringe talent and industry leaders on the theme of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Lots more details (and shed-ule, groan, at the link above).

SHEDINBURGH WILL RETURN from Francesca Moody Productions on Vimeo.

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Thursday, June 24, 2021

Garden office for theatre costume designers


A rather nice little video from SMART which takes a tour around one of its ULTRA model which is being used as a garden office by a couple who make costumes for the excellent Crescent Theatre in Birmingham. Well worth a minute of your time (for some reason, best seen in Chrome).

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Beach huts add shedworking touch to tea rooms

A cheering story from Alcester in Warwickshire. Orangemabel is run by Jayne Roberts who set it up in 2013 and like many cafés was hit badly by the coronavirus lockdowns. However, Jayne has bounced back by taking out a Bounce Back Loan from Barclays and using the money to buy five beach huts in its garden area which she has individually themed (pictured above is Bee Happy). They are pre-bookable and thanks to their shedlike characteristics can be enjoyed whatever the weather. Happily, she has seen her turnover double as a result and Jayne is looking to take on more staff to cope with the additional business.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Sophie Reeves: shedworker


London-based textile designer Sophie Reeves is the creative force behind her company Epoch Textiles which makes handwoven, abstract Modernist rugs (example pictured above) on a floor loom, using wool from UK suppiers. In an excellent interview with Liberty, she explains how she set up the company in 2019 and also about her garden office working routine. Here's a snippet:

I’m lucky enough to currently have my studio in my garden [pictured top]. Originally, I was working out of a production space in London, like many of my peers, however, I think with weaving being such a labour intensive process, that separation from the loom itself wasn’t ideal. With the physical aspect to weaving it’s much more efficient to be able to take breaks every few hours and then come back to it rather than confine all the work into a regular working day. It’s been relatively nonstop – with the amount of yarn I have, there’s not a vast amount of space left for personal touches, so it probably does feel a touch un-customised. It’s on the to-do list!

Sophie's plans for the future include working with other British crafts experts and extending her offering to including cushions, throws, and soft furnishings. 

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Monday, June 21, 2021

Sheds For Life: new report on impact of Irish Men's Sheds

Research into the impact of Men's Sheds is very much the flavour of the month. The latest report comes from the Irish Men's Sheds Association -  there are 450 men’s sheds in Ireland with over 10,000 men visiting a shed weekly - and was undertaken by Aisling McGrath from the Waterford Institute of Technology. She examined the IMSA's recent 'Sheds for Life' campaign to encourage men to join up. Essentially, the conclusions are that Sheds for Life:

  • Increased physical activity levels
  • Improved feelings of self worth and satisfaction with life
  • Encouraged men to talk about their mental health in a comfortable environment
  • Boost confidence in maintaining a healthy diet and general health awareness

Interestingly, it also highlighted the impact of the coronavirus lockdowns - only 1.4% of men interviewed for the study described themselves as lonely before the enforced shed closures, a figure which leapt to 39.2% a year later.

Enda Egan, CEO, Irish Men’s Sheds Association, said: "We are very encouraged that this targeted intervention produced such long term positive change. We see this as a cost-effective template to roll out across the country. The health outcomes of this group of men remain generally worse than women with higher mortality for almost all leading causes of death. This gender-specific tailored and targeted approach works on health and well-being in a meaningful and effective way, focussing risk factors and prevention through lifestyle changes.”

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Sunday, June 20, 2021

Rightmove selects six of the best beach huts for sale

A nice little summary of some of the nicest huts on the market on the moment from Rightmove includes examples from Hunstanton, Walton-on-the-Naze (above), and Felixstowe. Prices are, as the national media loves to point out, often really quite high - since 2019, the average price of a beach hut has hopped up by more than 51% to nearly £40,000. But this has not dampened interest. Of all the ones advertised on Rightmove this year, 90% are already under offer or sold subject to contract, while lists of interests are rising all the time.

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Saturday, June 19, 2021

Garden offices at Ashberry Homes new development


Garden offices are becoming an increasingly visible extra for homebuyers in new housing developments. We've looked at this trend before a couple of times but here is a new example from Ashberry Homes at their new Callerton location. The example above is in the garden of a show home at its 184-home Church View development off Stamfordham Road for those wanting a shedworking element to their new home.

“Since the first lockdown in March last year, we have seen more and more people looking for additional space to work from home and have therefore responded to this trend in what we offer homebuyers at Church View," said Oliver Wray, sales manager for Ashberry Homes. “The building that we have chosen is the ‘Holt Garden Studio’ built by Crane Garden Buildings. The garden pods have been thoughtfully designed to allow users to work in comfort, but away from the hustle and bustle of the family home. Large windows have been fitted to enable plenty of light to shine in, while this particular one has downlights, electrics package including heating to use all year round.” 

There are two, three and four-bedroom properties for sale at Church View, prices starting from £185,995.

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Friday, June 18, 2021

Shedworking admin news

We know lots of readers enjoy their daily dose of Shedworking and have subscribed via the link - now at the top of the left hand column - to have it delivered to their email inbox. Unfortunately, the system we've been using for the last 15 years is now closing down so we have migrated to a new one. Hopefully it will be a smooth transition, but please bear with us if and when wrinkles need to be ironed out. And do get in touch if you have any queries or issues by emailing us at shedworking@gmail.com

Beach hut wrapping paper

If it's pouring with rain where you are today, console yourself with this attractive summery wrapping paper by Victoria Scott, available from her etsy shop wickysworld. Here's what she says about it:

Nothing says summer like a row of colourful beachhuts! This beautiful beachhut gift wrap is perfect to brighten up any present, with it's delightful seagulls, quaint lamp posts and of course pretty beachhuts. All my gift wraps, tags and cards are designed by me and published by Rewrapped, who specialise in recycled wrapping papers and other paper products. Their products are printed onto paper and card made entirely from post consumer waste and pulp that has not been bleached. They also only use environmentally friendly vegetable-based inks. And when you've finished with the papers these are fully recyclable too.

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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Armadillo Workspace: temporary garden offices

An interesting approach to shedworking on a small but still effective scale from German-based UX design specialists Centrigrade. They made use of what they call an Armadillo Desk to get out of their traditional office structure to work on a nice sunny day. As they put it: "After a year in the home office, we’ve noticed that we’re missing something crucial: human interaction. The creative, colorful activity in a shared place."

They set themselves various targets - an outdoor workspace that was not too small or wobbly, somewhere that people could work undisturbed yet still feel connected, and a set-up that was mobile/portable. So they came up with what they call the Armadillo Desk.

More on the whole idea (in German) at Centigrade.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

SMART includes augmented reality in its new configurator and visualiser app




SMART Garden Rooms, Offices & Studios today launches its own virtual web configurator which also features an Augmented Reality (AR) VisualiserApp.

The configurator has been specifically designed for SMART and allows potential customers to design and create their own ideal garden room, office or studio in 3D to their own exact specifications. The app enables them to drop their newly created building into their garden so that they can see what it will look like and the best place to position it.

Sue Phillips, sales and marketing director said SMART was proud to spearhead the use of AR as an industry: “We are so excited to be able to give our potential customers the ability to create and visualise their perfect garden room. With seven ranges to choose from in over 60 sizes, plus a whole host of upgrades and optional extras, it can be hard for customers to visualise exactly what it is they are looking for or to differentiate between all that is on offer. We are not the first in this marketplace to implement this type of configuration tool, but we will be the first to implement the AR visual option.

“In this age of technology, this is a very important step for SMART. Customers are at the forefront of everything we do. This will make the customer journey far more engaging and will quickly bring their garden room dream to life.”

Managing Director Matt Moss said the new tool has been produced with the support of the Small Business Grant Scheme. “This project is a key strategic part of the growth plan for SMART and critical investment to ensure we continue to be one step ahead of the competition but more importantly as part of our ongoing goal to improve our customer experience and garden room journey.”

The Shedworking staff have had a bit of a play with it and can certainly recommend it. It's worth playing around to make sure you make use of all the features - for example, if you walk towards it once it's in position, you can actually enter it and look at your garden from outside.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Shed-Fever: garden office poetry


Another fine example to add to the folder of garden office poetry, Shed-Fever (inspired by John Masefield's Sea Fever) by poet, priest, and musician Malcolm Guite from his collection After Prayer. It's also featured in an excellent piece Guite wrote for the Church Times and he talks about his own writing hut in a separate CT article here. Here's a snippet:

I have a little hut at the bottom of the garden, which is called (more in hope than expectation) the Temple of Peace. I borrowed the name from Gladstone; for, in any house he inhabited, that was the name that he gave to his study. Not that my little hexagonal hut, which is, to be honest, no more than a glorified gazebo, would stand comparison with the spacious rooms, well stocked bookshelves, and lovely big desks that furnished the various “Temples of Peace” enjoyed by the Grand Old Man.

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Monday, June 14, 2021

Love Your Hut of the Year returns!

We're delighted to report that after the Covid-related cancellation of the competition last year, Love Your Hut of the Year - run by the eponymous insurers - is back for 2021, celebrating the best of the country's beach huts.

You can get full details on their website here, (and all the Ts&Cs here) but essentially what you'll need to do is email them at LYHOTY@loveyourhut.co.uk giving them your name, address, and hut location, telling them what you love about your beach hut, and attach five photos of you and your hut.

Up for grabs are £100 voucher and £200 Fortnum and Mason hamper to the winner, £50 voucher and £150 hamper to second place, and £50 and £75 hamper to third place, plus a plaque for each of the top three. The top ten shortlisted hut owners each receive a Love Your Hut goody bag. 

You can follow entries being submitted on the Love Your Hut instagram page.

Closing date for entries is September 6 and winners will be announced on September 27.

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Friday, June 11, 2021

How to build a garden office using recycled materials (video)

Time for another excellent 'how to' video, this one from Allister Lewis who built his garden office himself  using largely recycled materials. It's not one of those timelapse videos, but is fast enough to keep the interest and slow enough to see how Allister did it. Well worth a look if you are considering on embarking on something similar.
 

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

New study looks at impact of Men's Sheds in the UK


A new study is making an indepth examination of how Men's Sheds work for and in their local communities. The University of East Anglia (UEA) is collaborating with the UK Men’s Sheds Association. In particular, researchers are looking at measuring their impact not only on loneliness, mental health, and wellbeing, but also trying to understand how people are introduced to Men’s Sheds.

The UEA team is looking for the views and experiences of people who attend a Men’s Shed to help shape and support how they are developed further. If you'd like to take part, there are  two questionnaires with a range of questions about you, how you joined the Men’s Shed, and a series of questions about your wellbeing  and social relationships. You do not need to answer all the questions and no participants' information will be indentifiable. There is also an option to take part in online interviews which last around half an hour. At the end of the study, UEA  will  produce a report and video to share their findings. 

And when you finish a questionnaire, you will be entered into a prize draw with the chance of winning a  £50 or £25 voucher for a range of high street shops. If you also take part in the interviews, you will be also get a £15 voucher.

If you’re interested in being involved in any way, please email lead researcher Bryony Porter bryony.porter@uea.ac.uk

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Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Aluminium-clad garden office


This impressive garden office in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, designed by Studio Pond, is right next to a natural wildlife pond and has whopping windows looking out over it. The building is clad in folded aluminum and lined in birch plywood. It also features a large wall of translucent polycarbonate. And it can be yours since its parent building, Reed House, is on the market with The Modern House for a mere £1.8m.

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Tuesday, June 08, 2021

The Sheppod



There's been a flurry of news stories recently about shepherds' huts so we were interested to come across the Wales-based Sheppod which the designers describe as taking "the aesthetics of a glamping pod and the practicalities of a Shepherd Hut to provide the best of both". Each Sheppod comes already built with all fittings and fixtures complete, so it is ready to go straight out of the box.  There are various designs and sizes but the one most shedworkers will be interested in is the Office model which measures 5.4m x 2.4m and comes with all the usual trimmings as well as a lavatory and sink, water heater, and mini kitchen with stove and fridge.

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Monday, June 07, 2021

The Guardian is having a shed moment

It must be micro-architecture month at The Guardian as they are spoiling us with plenty of shedlike news stories at the moment. Here's a story about the rise of the shepherd's hut (including a reference to the recent story about a sheep farmer missing out at auction to a Londoner keen to buy a doer-upper hut for a holiday home). Then there's a look at the demand for 'shoffices' including a chat with our friends at Smart. And finally, it's that time of year when all the media goes daffy for the price of beach huts, so no doubt they feel obliged to join in with 'Why the humble beach hut is the new des res'. All well worth a browse.

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Sunday, June 06, 2021

John le Carré: shedworker-ish

John Le Carré was kind of a shedworker. The spy/novelist's former house in Upper Coxley, Somerset, which he bought in 1965, has just come onto the market with Strutt and Parker for £1.95 million. It is believed that he wrote his novels in what is called Studio Cottage in the grounds, a kind of superduper two-storey garden office with a bedroom, kitchen, dining room, separate lavatory, shower room and a private, part-walled garden.

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Saturday, June 05, 2021

1.5 million Brits built an outhouse during lockdown

The Shedworking staff is always a little wary of statistics, so we were a little wary when we were contacted by field service management software specialist Powered Now's people with a raft of figures about home renovations during lockdown in Britain. These suggest that just under half the population took on some kind of building project during the pandemic and in particular our eyes were caught, understandably, by the section of the research which suggests that 1.5 million Brits had hired a tradesperson to build some form of shed-like structure.

We politely raised our eyebrows about the figure and were told: Powered Now commissioned nationally representative data, in accordance with the British Polling Council, investigating the projects Brits hired tradespeople for. Of the 2,069 adults sampled, 7% stated that they had indeed hired a tradesperson for the purposes of building an outhouse. We reached the population figure in the millions by using PAMCO industry recognised methodology as the source of quotas and population weighting for research insights." 

Ben Dyer, CEO of Powered Now, commented: "If you look to the hardware retailers that were allowed to remain open when other non-essential retail wasn't, they have performed so incredibly, further indicating the desire people have had for home improvements." 

So there you have it. A massive figure indeed. 

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