Monday, October 09, 2023

Garden studio designer Astrid Arnold wins Screwfix Top Tradesperson 2023

Devon-based Astrid Arnold, managing director and lead carpenter of TouchWood South West, has won the Screwfix Top Tradesperson 2023 competition, taking home £10,000 worth of tools, £5,000 worth of technology and £5,000 towards future training which she will use to further existing training programmes that her company currently runs for disadvantaged women in her local community.

According to Screwfix: "Astrid was a stand-out winner, with her incredibly technical and stunning carpentry work, her focus on sustainability within her business, as well as her passion for supporting women with trade skills."

Among her highlighted projects was the studio cabin pictured above. Here's what she says about it:

"The aim of this project was to build a cabin that could provide an extra outside room, feel spacious inside, used environmentally friendly materials and was well insulated. We also dismantled the old cabin that was already there, reused as much timber from it as possible in the new cabin and built a 3-bay garden compost bin with the rest. We used eco-friendly internal and external wood fibre insulation, which minimises cold-bridging, making the cabin very well insulated. The doors and windows are aluminium framed, which is the most durable option for the Devon weather! Externally the cabin has larch shiplap cladding, painted charcoal black with external Osmo wax-oil. The internal floor is made from reclaimed pine timber boards, oiled with interior Osmo white."

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