Tuesday, April 20, 2021

EvilJeff Multi Room Log Cabin

Um...

Available from Dunster House.

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Monday, April 19, 2021

Garden office with outside planters


The My Home Office comes from designer Cosmas Bronsgeest in the Netherlands. The smallest model of the interestingly-shaped garden office measures 2.5m x 3.2m, has an FSC-certified larch wood exterior, floor to roof glazing on two sides, and a number of options including fold-down bed, lavatory, and shower. There is also an option to rent it on a monthly basis.

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Sunday, April 18, 2021

Director's shed


An intriguing timber build from Studio Oort for a theatre director in London. It's on the footprint of a former rundown garage. The exterior is Iroko slats and includes a cantilevered roof, while inside it's exposed plaster and white oiled oak, plus two skylights and bi-folding doors. The studio is fitted out with a wet room and timber decking. Quite rightly, it's been shortlisted for this year's annual New London Architecture 'Don't Move, Improve!' award for 2021.

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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Black garden office


Black garden offices were all the rage a couple of years ago and while some of the heat has gone out of the 'influencers' gushing over them, they're still very popular. Here's a fine example from Ayr Cabins, a decent sized 7m x 2.8m in their Cresswell range. It's clad in matt black stained timber on the outside, with birch-faced ply on the inside. This particular build includes a kitchenette and lavatory, as well as large sliding doors. 

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Friday, April 16, 2021

Will rooftop garden offices be the next 2021 trend?

While people without gardens understandably say they're not really in a position to have a garden office, we've actually covered plenty of examples of shedlike working atmospheres on Shedworking over the last 15 years, including a surprising number of rooftop garden offices including the fine one pictured above from Boundary Space at the  top of a London townhouse, a kind of urban meadow (and here are some rather more spectacular examples).

So we were intrigued to hear from John-Paul Manning, managing directgor at Build4Less that their latest research into rooftop garden trends for this year puts a rooftop office in the mix, coming in at a creditable 10th spot, hard on the heels of container gardens, canopies, and decking.

"During lockdown the line between indoor and outdoor space became increasingly blurred as people tried to maximise their use of space and make it feel homey as the spring season sets in," says John-Paul. "Rooftop real estate is often a pretty hot commodity. In most cases there’s a limited amount of space and as a result most rooftop trends focus on ways to use the space as efficiently as possible. We’ve found that people are moving towards making the rooftop as open air as possible. Fences are being replaced with tall garden elements like trees and vertical gardens, and glass has begun to replace wood as paraphets in a way that gives privacy but also keeps the space fresh and open." 

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Garden office numbers projected to rise by 3%


A new study by insurance giant Aviva confirms that the number of shedworkers will rise over the next year as Covid-related changes to working from home begin to take hold.

The survey reveals that one in 10 of the 1,400 people questioned already work from a garden office, converted shed, garage or summerhouse and that this proportion will rise to 13%. Currently, it indicates that only around a third of people at the moment have a dedicated home office but that this figure will also rise, by around 10% since only one in five said they found working from home more stressful than 'normal' working routines (nearly half found it less stressful, pointing to the lack of commute, family-friendly nature of homeworking, and easier clothes decisions as key areas).

Aviva spokesman Gareth Hemming says in the report: "Flexible working and home-working practices have been around for some time, but they have really come into their own in the last year. While home-working is not the choice of every individual, we are likely to see more flexibility as a basic benchmark for the future, with many people working remotely, at least some of the time."

Elsewhere, the report also shows that around two thirds of people are keen to make career changes as a result of Covid, with 10% hoping to work from home, putting it top of the wishlist, especially among the under-25 age group.

Image courtesy Cabin Master  

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Don't move, improve!: lunchtime garden office talk

This looks to be a fascinating (and free) digital lunchtime talk next Thursday (22 April, 1pm - 1.45pm). 'Don't Move, Improve! Working from Home' is part of the New London Architecture's design week programme and will focus on how homes can best be redesigned for the increased amount of working from home everybody is planning.

Among the short presentations are Hayley Robson, creative director of design studio Day True on making multi-functional spaces, Timothy Robinson from Sonn Studio on designing for small spaces (including their marvellous Terazzo Studio which is pictured above), and Hanna Zminkowska and Richard De Boise from Zminkowska De Boise Architects (whose 'Claire and Tom's' garden office we'll feature next week) on 'Considering all your options'. There'll also be a panel discussion and Q&A at 1.30pm.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Warwick Buildings new virtual tour

Although garden office suppliers are now starting to reopen their show sites as lockdown gradually eases off, it's still always nice to have the option to have a nose around the possibilities from your home. Warwick Buildings has just produced an excellent new virtual tour, with various ways of exploring and links to more details of models of interest. It's easy to use and really quite engaging - you can also see it via this link.

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Monday, April 12, 2021

The New Mindful Home: garden office wellbeing

 


As we emerge into spring and out of lockdown, this could be a good time for you to assess how you decorate your (new?) garden office. The New Mindful Home by stylist and writer Joanna Thornhill is, as the title suggests, aimed at improving your emotional wellbeing by creating a home that calms and supports you. However, it's also a useful (and not too massive) guide to creating all kinds of supportive room layouts, with plenty of excellent colour illustrations and a useful resources section to track down the things you like the look of.

So there are useful chapters on 'Creating a sanctuary' which looks at how to use colour and adapt your room depending on your personality type, 'Mindful objects', and generally organising your space. Throughout, there's a welcome emphasis on responsible consumerism and planet-friendly materials - indeed there's an entire chapter on 'Becoming biophilic' which will be of particular interest to garden-based shedworkers. If you're wondering how to make your garden office both a nicer spot and more conducive to work in, this is a great starting point.

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Sunday, April 11, 2021

The rise of the 'she shed'

An excellent piece in today's Observer on women and sheds in which Nell Gard talks to several sheddies about their builds and how "women are discovering what a life-saver their own private sheds can be". Here's a snippet from writer Charlotte Philby about her garden office:

 “One of the top things on my wishlist was a writing shed. So when I saw this one, I was sold. There are writer’s sheds, and there are outdoor offices posing as writer’s sheds – this is very much the former. It’s replete with a remarkably high population of arachnids. The unintentional aesthetic is very much Beatrix Potter writing shed meets Camden Market stall circa 1994. The beauty of the space is the simplicity of it and being immersed in the garden."

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Friday, April 09, 2021

Robert Burns: shedworker

 

This is the rural folly inspired by anchorites cells turned stone summerhouse known as The Hermitage in Friars Carse, near Dumfries in Scotland. It was built by a Captain Robert Riddell who was a friend of the writer Robert Burns and who lent it to him as a garden office writing shed in which to write poetry. Among works Burns composed here was the eponymous 'Written In Friars Carse Hermitage' which begins:

Thou whom chance may hither lead,

Be thou clad in russet weed,

Be thou deckt in silken stole,

Grave these maxims on they soul.

Burns also used his 'diamond' pen to write on the window pane and liked the spot so much he occasionally overnighted here. After Burns fell out with Riddell (probably over something he said about Riddell's wife during one of their drinking sessions in the hermitage), the building fell into disrepair. Below is what it looked like in 1882, half a dozen years after some restoration work. It was further restored in 2009, although there is some debate about how original the building is and its first location.

  

And in the video below you can see inside the hermitage.

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Thursday, April 08, 2021

Camden garden studio

An unusual but engaging looking garden office by Eckford Chong for a back garden in London, with the top section made of larch standing on top of a tiled plinth. Here's what the designers say about it: 

"Below the windows is a simple tiled plinth, which borrows from mid century utilitarian and Modernist architecture. The elegant steel doors and window frames fit and sit back within the reveal of the mass. The tiles themselves are set on a grid that aligns with the Larch above, grout lines and expansion joints meeting shadow gaps in the true Modernist ambition that celebrates the elegance which can be achieved through modern methods of manufacture."


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Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Mirrored garden office

There are various ways of making your garden office blend into your garden landscape, and here's an option to consider, using mirrors (previous examples covered on Shedworking are here and also here). This one above comes courtesy of Oxfordshire-based William Green Architects who put it together as part of a larger design on a Grade II listed property in a Northamptonshire village. Here's what they say about it:

"This mirrored garden office designed by our team becomes almost invisible within its surroundings. A garden office can be eco-friendly, ergonomically designed to either be a modern statement or hidden within the grounds and can provide all the space you require."

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Tuesday, April 06, 2021

'Al desko' working in the garden set to boom this year

Nearly half of people working from home are planning to go (horrible PR terminology klaxon) ‘Al Desko’ this year, taking their laptop into their garden once the sun gets going, according to a new survey by Lenovo.

Around 43% of the 1,000 UK adults questioned plan to work from their garden, with two thirds of these believing that being outdoors in the fresh air will make them more productive. Four out of 10 people said they are just bored with their normal inside work space and six out of 10 that they have felt trapped indoors during the winter.

Half plan to improve their garden, including adding better seating (45 per cent), making it more private (37 per cent) and building a covered space (33 per cent).

Repeating the results of many other similar surveys, 50 per cent of employees believe having flexibility where they work has a positive impact on their productivity.

Lenovo spokesman Philip Oldham said: “This past year has seen an enormous amount of change, particularly in the way that we work and how certain environments have actually helped boost our productivity. It’s been interesting to see how the UK lockdowns have increased the desire to get outdoors, and just how many people have made this a key part of their working practice. To us, it makes perfect sense to blend the enjoyment of being outdoors with being able to work efficiently."

Image courtesy Plankbridge 

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Thursday, April 01, 2021

Brexit means UK sheds can finally have curved walls again


Today marks the end of a long campaign against the bizarre EU ruling made back in September 1994 (officially 'Commission Regulation (EC) No. 2257/94') that required that sheds in general, including garden offices, as a minimum standard must not have "abnormal curvature".

This had a catastrophic effect on the UK shed market, particularly for producers of shepherds' huts and retro Anderson shelters. The binding law made by unelected Eurocrats in Luxembourg imposed a €100,000 fine on any company which made, sold, or indeed simply sketched in pencil plans for a shed which had walls deviating from nice tight right angles by even one degree. 

Although we officially left most of the constraints of EU law on December 1 last year, one or two pieces of outstanding legislation have remained in place and have required additional discussions. This regulation is one of those and shed producers are now, as the Daily Express puts it, "breathing a sigh of relief" that they are finally allowed to build proper British sheds which look like Le Corbusier's finest work.

As an indication of what the UK Shed Marketing Board has been up against, EU timber spokesoman Loof Lirpa denied that the law even existed, which is typical of them.

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