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5.0 out of 5 stars Shedworking - an inspirational guide
A very nicely produced book with a great deal of valuable information. It clearly transmits the author's enthusiasm for the shedworking ethos and the non-commuting lifestyle.

The book is very well written, with a light, approachable style. The author describes a brief history of shedworking, famous shed workers, inspirational examples, pros and cons of building...
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3.0 out of 5 stars shedism
The book is one of a handfull that enlighten us into the use of a 'shed' as an extra room, for whatever purpose; I purchased the book as a study aid rather than a guide to use but overall it was enlightening to see this modern approach to the change in funtionality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shedworking - an inspirational guide, 25 Aug. 2010
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A very nicely produced book with a great deal of valuable information. It clearly transmits the author's enthusiasm for the shedworking ethos and the non-commuting lifestyle.

The book is very well written, with a light, approachable style. The author describes a brief history of shedworking, famous shed workers, inspirational examples, pros and cons of building your own. He even looks at shed-like working; canal boats, caravans and bizarre garden structures clearly more for show than everyday use.

This is a very practical book with a range of case studies. These cover a wide range of different businesses - from writers and craft makers to music producers and design practices- and these are both helpful and encouraging. This isn't a book about to build a shed or garden office but by the time you've finished it, you'll almost certainly want one.

One small comment: It would be helpful to have the contact addresses and websites grouped by chapter. As you read the book, it's hard not to want to head for the computer and look them up immediately.

If you are contemplating buying or building a garden office or studio, I strongly recommend buying this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring!, 12 July 2010
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When I became a freelance permaculture teacher/designer a couple of years ago the need for work/life separation when based at home became apparent quite quickly - creating my own 'garden office' was the answer, and Alexes 'Shedworking' blog provided much inspiration and practical advice. The book distills the high points of this and is a pleasure to read and enjoy, with so many lavish high quality photos of outdoor structures and garden retreats it could almost be considered 'shed-porn'!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you want a hip shed, 20 Nov. 2012
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Lovely book, inspiring. A good companion to George Clarke's current tv programme about small spaces. Got lots of ideas for a garden studio
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shed Working: The Alternative Workplace Revolution, 1 May 2013
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Some great photos though the text was sometimes lacking in sufficient detail above the obvious in places. I shall be building my own shed but the photos assisted tin the selection of materials rather that the text.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The shedworkers bible, 9 Jun. 2010
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D. Howell "Nexus Publishing" (Shropshire, England) - See all my reviews
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The shed has a very special place in British life. Many of the great writers and inventors have had a shed where they practised their art. Today, the shed has become something different. With a move to more home-based working, and with space at a premium in most peoples' homes, the humble garden shed has become an office space that many micro businesses are now working out of.

Alex Johnson has tracked the development of the shed as a working environment for several years via his blog shedworking.co.uk. Now internationally renowned as the hub around which all shedworkers now orbit, Alex has put pen to paper with his first book that opens the door on the history of the shed as an office or studio, and showcases some of the best in contemporary shed design.

Shedworking begins with a brief history of the shed and the people that have adopted these small garden rooms as their working or leisure spaces. Famous shedworkers such as Henry Moore and Roald Dahl, plus shedworkers you may not be aware of are covered including Peter Gabriel and the fantasy writer Neil Gaiman and his gazebo are covered, as are a plethora of other businesses that use traditional and ultra modern sheds to house their workforces.

But it's the home-based businesses that shine through in this book. The garden shed has now evolved into a piece of architecture in its own right. Specialised companies now number in the dozens, all supplying custom designed garden escapes for those lucky enough to have abandoned the commute and settled into the more idyllic life of working from home.

And it's these micro businesses that have sprung up over the last few years that have fuelled this renaissance in shedworking. From graphic designers to accountants, every possible type of small business is now run from a garden shed. But to call many of these new structures simply sheds is clearly an injustice. Some of the world's most innovative architects have turned their considerable talents to designing small working buildings. They may not call them sheds, but for British eyes, they are just that.

It is astonishing after completing Alex's book to realise that anyone that has plans to run their own business from home, yet has little space in which to do so, can quickly and easily embrace shedworking as the perfect solution to their problem. The market for garden offices has grown to the point where you can buy just the space you need off-the-shelf from many companies.

The pages of Shedworking are littered with traditional sheds and über designs that wouldn't be out of place in the Tate Modern - and in fact, shed design has been praised in these cathedrals to modern design. Page-after-page in this book illustrates that domestic working spaces are now becoming commonplace. And if you have ambitions to build your own garden office, and entire chapter is devoted to this end.

But it's the chapter on the people that invite us into their sheds that really make the reader sit up and take notice of this quiet revolution. The shed in British life has often been ridiculed, but what is clear in this book is that these new environments are light years away from the damp drafty buildings that many people remember from their childhood.

Today's garden offices are built from sustainable hi-tech materials that can offer anyone that wants to work from home the opportunity to create their perfect working environment, without taking up precious space in their homes. And one of the central themes in this book is that you can create a building from materials that won't harm the environment, are cost effective and enable you to erect a building that seamlessly blends with your garden. However, some of the more designer `pods' do offer the chance to create a building that is in stark contrast to its surroundings.

And what of the future? With several million people already working from home, and with even more contemplating the move for various reasons, shedworking will continue to grow. The design of small spaces has always been popular with architects the world over. Today, the compact and efficient working space now has a ready market that many companies are eager to supply.

The blog that Alex maintains illustrates that the garden office is here to stay. Ultra modern designs rub shoulders with more traditional spaces that won't cost the earth to buy and install. If you're thinking of creating an office space or a creative haven, this book will not only provide you with all the tools you need to chose the right garden office for your needs, it will also inspire you to join the legions of shedworkers that are already reaping the rewards of working from home in their garden offices or studios.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas for that space at the bottom of the garden, 17 Mar. 2014
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Would have been better if there were some instructions on how to make but on the whole a lovely book and some great & inspiring pictures.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars shedism, 1 Nov. 2011
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The book is one of a handfull that enlighten us into the use of a 'shed' as an extra room, for whatever purpose; I purchased the book as a study aid rather than a guide to use but overall it was enlightening to see this modern approach to the change in funtionality.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone needs a shed!, 7 Jan. 2011
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Great selection of inspirational ideas should you be contemplating a garden building. Not so many technical details on how to build but some good starters on planning permission etc. You could get a lot of this off the internet and the Shedworking website though.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 8 Sept. 2014
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psafloyd "psafloyd" (London (there's only one...)) - See all my reviews
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Does the job it's asked to do. Can't say fairer than that.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not what i had in mind, 26 April 2011
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I'm looking to build my own shed/outdoor room. although this book has loads of pictures etc. there wasn't any instructions or plans that would help someone doing a self build.
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