Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Garden offices at virtual Chelsea Flower Show 2021

Chelsea Flower Show has been moved because of the pandemic to next September, but today the Royal Horticulural Society has launched a kind of digital version to tide us all over. There is precious little shedworking action in the show gardens which they're previewing for the autumn show, but here are a couple of highlights. Above is the Finnish Soul Garden designed by Taina Suonio with an attractive contemporary Finnish sauna with a green roof. Below is the Calm of Bangkok, Designed by Tawatchai Sakdikul and Ploytabtim Suksang, and features a shelter with hammock.


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Monday, May 17, 2021

Shepherd's hut wheels

An interesting post by Richard Lee from Plankbridge about shepherd's hut wheels who feels very strongly about them. "The cast iron wheel is so intrinsically linked to the shepherd’s hut," he writes, "that I believe you can’t have one without the other, if the structure is to be referred to as a shepherd’s hut at all." Here's a snippet:

"The wheels that Plankbridge use are made from molten pig iron and cast in a foundry not far from here, to our own patterns. We have the Plankbridge name cast into one of the spokes, and it’s so satisfying to think how long those wheels will last. There are a few foundries throughout the UK who can still supply genuine cast iron wheels. I have a photo of Isambard Kingdom Brunel on my desk next to me, and I’m thinking of all the cast iron structures that would have been specified to his designs, and how much of that is still around today."

You can read the whole post here.

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Sunday, May 16, 2021

Jon Richardson's pub shed

Comedian Jon Richardson is among the growing number of the country's proud owners of pub sheds. He repurposed the garage at his home in Hebden Bridge into what is now The Dog & Bastard, pictured above. Here's a clip of him from his television show Meet The Richardsons in which he shows us around inside.

Friday, May 14, 2021

Spring comes to Alastair Humphreys' garden office

We profiled adventurer, author and motivational speaker Alastair Humphreys back in 2014 when he first became a shedworker so it was really nice to see how his garden office has progressed since then (pictured above). "My writing shed is being swallowed by the mad May undergrowth explosion," he says. "And I'm quite happy with that. I like editing a book under the gaze of a herd of cow parsley."

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

The garden office pod boom (video)

A short video from Bloomberg emphasising how the garden office business is booming and concentrating on the My Room in the Garden office from Boano Prišmontas that we featured back in September last year.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

New competition to find the UK's best 'shoffice'

As we recently predicted, we're seeing an uptick in the number of shed-based competitions and the latest angle is the search for the best 'shoffice'.

Aviva has launched a national competition to find the UK’s best “shoffices”, what they describe as "sheds or outbuildings converted or built for use as workspaces". Owners are invited to upload pictures of their shoffice to the Aviva Facebook page and will be in with a chance of winning one of three prizes of retail vouchers, each worth £250. Each winner will be able to choose from vouchers for Amazon, John Lewis Partners, Ikea, B&Q or Currys PC World. 

Entries will be judged by property expert, podcast host and author, Louisa Fletcher who will be looking for original, innovative designs, with bonus points awarded for brilliant use of budget. 

To be eligible for the competition, each shoffice must be a DIY project, such as a converted shed or garage, or a self-built development created by the owner. Professionally constructed or manufactured buildings will not be considered. There are no date restrictions regarding when the shoffice was developed, but entries must be received by 5pm on 1 June, 2021.

Last month, data from the insurer’s How We Live report discovered the number of UK homeworkers using converted sheds and outbuildings is expected to grow from 10% to 13%. Nicki Charles, Retail MD, General Insurance, Aviva said: “The number of people using outdoor spaces is steadily creeping upwards. For many, working from home started out as a ‘needs must’ situation, but hybrid working looks set to stay and there’s every chance we’ll see even more outdoor offices in the future. We want to see the creative, inventive solutions that people have come up with to embrace this new way of working."

Pictured above is probably the most famous shoffice, the work of Platform 5 as featured previously on Shedworking

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The Workaway Plectrum



Not only does The Workaway Plectrum revel in a unique name, it also boasts a unique shape, a kind of (mathematic experts look away now) rounded triangular cylinder. Using corrugated cladding on a timber structure and with an oak glazed door, it's designed for small corners in gardens and has all the essentials (lighting, power, ) plus fitted desk and shelving.

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Monday, May 10, 2021

Jupe pods


Inspired by space travel and the planet Jupiter, the Jupe pod is actually aimed at a kind of off-grid glamping market, but would make a marvellous garden office space. The angular flat pack cabin (rising to 11ft at its highest point) uses aluminium poles and is covered in flame-retardant canvas and has Baltic birch wood floors. You can't see them in the images, but there are also windows you can open to provide a mild breeze. Other features include a solar panel and battery system, wifi router, and four electrical outlets with USB charging stations. The whole thing sits on a kind of chassis which lifts the build off the ground. For added fun, you can also illuminate the frame at night for some atmospheric shedworking action using the dimmable embedded LED lights. Additional options include a lock safe, cooler, and small porch.

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Sunday, May 09, 2021

Working from home playlists during lockdown

Smart home expert Somfy have analysed the 1,000+ work from home playlists (nearly 190,000 tracks) put together on Spotify during 2020 and come up with a top 10 which looks like this in case you are looking for herd inspiration:

  1. Shape of You, Ed Sheeran
  2. Dance Monkey, Tones And I
  3. Blinding Lights, The Weekend
  4. Closer, The Chainsmokers
  5. Sunflower – Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Post Malone and Swae Lee
  6. Someone You Loved, Lewis Capaldi 
  7. Señorita, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello
  8. Bad Guy, Billie Eilish
  9. Say You Won’t Let Go, James Arthur
  10. Perfect, Ed Sheeran

'Work From Home', which incomprehensibly fails to feature any garden offices, by Fifth Harmony was among those in the top 50. If all this is your thing, you can listen to the whole fo the top 50 on Somfy's playlist below.

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Saturday, May 08, 2021

Lloyd & Son summerhouses: information wanted

Here's a challenge - what do you know about the pre-war Bournemouth-based building firm of Lloyd & Son?

It's a query that comes from Shedworking reader Jayne who is researching the origins of an old - possibly 1900s - revolving summerhouse with the above makers plaque inside as 'Lloyd & Son, 291 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth'. It's in her garden, minus the original roof and with some work required to one wall, and she's trying to find out more about it and them.

Her research so far has uncovered that:
  • Lloyd & Son advertised in the Bournemouth Graphic on 4 June 1908 as summerhouse and rustic builders, working from 280 & 338 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth.
  • Lloyd & Son were listed in the 1914 edition of the annual 'Whitaker's Red Book of Commerce - Who's who in Business' as horticultural and rustic builders established in 1903, specialising in the design and construction of consumptive and revolving shelters. At this point, their address was listed as 291Holdenhurst Road.
  • A genealogical search reveals that Lloyd & Son consisted of John Lloyd (born in Wales in 1855) and his son, Edward Benjamin Lloyd (born 1885) and that they moved to the Bournemouth area in around 1900. By the 1911 census, John had 11 children living with his wife and himself and had previously been a coach builder and an undertaker.
After 1914, the trail appears to go cold.
 
If you have any information about Lloyd & Son, please leave a comment below or email Shedworking and  we'll pass it on to Jayne.

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Friday, May 07, 2021

Modulr Space: Sustainable garden offices

Modulr Space is a new garden office supplier, based in Hertfordshire and run by Jo van Riemsdijk as a sideshoot from the FDArchitecture architectural practice which specialises in luxury retail and commercial projects for clients such as Rothys, Selfridges, and Versace.

As well as looking particularly lovely, they are very keen to emphasise the environmentally-friendly elements of the buildings, using expanded cork (carbon negative), Accoya cladding (FSC Gold), EPDM, SMILE plastics (recycled plastic waste, 100% recycled and 100% recyclable), and SUNFLEX UK aluminium glazing system. 

"The use of natural materials such as cork help out units blend into the natural environment, and we don’t use concrete, we use ground screws for our foundations, " Jo told Shedworking. "We have an in house interior designer who will work with clients to help them personalise their space. The unit walls internally are covered with Camira or Kvadrat fabrics which are very sustainable and we offer a series of colourways. We will be adding to our range consistently with new and innovative designs that embrace biophilic ideologies." 

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Thursday, May 06, 2021

His and hers artists studios


Two impressive garden studios for a painter and a sculptor couple in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, from Soup Architects (which won them the RIBA East award) who describe them as "configured to create a tranquil, contemplative space in the garden". The 40sq/m and 60sq/m spaces replaced an old workshop and garage and include plenty of insulation, electric panel heaters, and a system for diverting rainwater to the nearby pond. Each studio has a timber and steel frame and is clad in corrugated fibre cement, while the interiors have painted chipboard linings. Other features include slanted roofs and plenty of skylights plus a small decking between the two studios.

Photos: Peter Cook

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Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Mökki garden offices


Mökki is the garden office sideshoot of Totnes-based Field Studio Architects who have been in the shedworking business for a decade. There are 20 layout/size variations on the main shape, all fully insulated and double glazed, and take two days to erect on site (including foundations). As well as nicely designed, all timber comes from FSC certified plantations, their building boards have zero formaldehyde content, and all their Osmo finishing products have low volatile organic compounds (VOC) content. Structural panels and windows are made with spruce plywood which offers an interesting interior feel, while the exterior cladding is Siberian Larch which weathers nicely to grey. 

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Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Hexagonal garden office on stilts



Some marvellous eye candy for Tuesday. These marvellous garden pods and treehouses are designed and built by the family-run Somerset-based Tre3dom as garden offices or of course the usual multitude of uses. Strongly influenced and inspired by naturally-occuring hexagonal and pentagonal shapes, they are clad in larch and include various add-ons such as underfloor heating as well as all the usual must-haves in terms of insulation, lighting, electrics, etc. Of course you don't have to have them on stilts if you'd rather be on terra firma.

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Monday, May 03, 2021

Home Office of the Year 2021

Shed of the Year run by readersheds.co.uk is obviously the Oscars of the industry, but there are also some great BAFTAs and Golden Globes equiavalents. Brand new on the block is Wickes Home Office Awards 2021 sponsored by the wellknown home improvement retailer, hard on the back of its recently launched new fitted Home Office range in March this year.

There will be two rounds to the Wickes Home Office Awards resulting in five shortlisted winners (£150 voucher each) and one overall winner (£1,000 Wickes vouchers). These are the categories:

● The Minimalist Master Award – for best use of limited space, such as the bedroom wardrobe, under the stairs, making use of alcoves, and transformer furniture

● Best Interior and Mindful Design Award – the home office which is the most stylish with colour and fun accessories yet bears in mind comfort and wellbeing

● Cleaning Up in the Kitchen Award – a home office in the kitchen area

● The Sensational Shed Award – a garden office/studio, converted shed or any general external space outside of the home

● The Savviest Set-Up – a productive working space designed and created on a tight budget

The judges are television presenter and property experts Phil Spencer, interior designer Ben Hillman, and buyers for Wickes’ new Home Office and Hub Garden range. 

Phil Spencer said: “If lockdown has taught us anything, it’s how to make the most of the space we have. For many, that has meant getting creative to provide a suitable place to work and separate it from our home life. I’ve seen some amazing examples of this and as homeworking continues to increase, a home office space is likely to become as sought after as an en suite or garage."

To enter visit Wickes Facebook, Instagram or Twitter page and follow the instructions to share a picture of you in your working from home space using the hashtag #WickesHomeOfficeAwards. Entries are open until 17 May and entrants must live in the UK and be over 18. 

Image courtesy Plankbridge

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Sunday, May 02, 2021

Claire & Tom’s garden studio


A joyous garden office studio in Walthamstow, London, for young couple Claire and Tom by Zminkowska De Boise Architects, used in particular to work from home by Claire, a clinical neuropsychologist, but also by Tom, a building services designer. Regular readers of Shedworking know that the stuff love any kind of underground build and this studio is sunk several steps below ground level to fit perfectly into its surroundings.

The timber-framed garden office itself is clad in dark green steel cladding sheets, with a lacquered oak door and yellow powder-coated aluminium window (with matching hammock), all giving a deliberate old fashioned mixed media feel. The floor is blue terrazzo-patterned sheet rubber, while the walls and ceiling are lined with oiled birch plywood. Other features include a sedum roof, built-in flower bed, patio, and low level walls.

Photos:Tom Cronin

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