When is a shed not a shed?
When it’s a stylish purpose-designed garden eco-building!
When we moved here we inherited a couple of typical, dilapidated garden sheds; You know the kind of thing — low ceiling height, flimsy , drafty, damp, peeling roof felt and about as style-free as possible. I guess if a shed is simply a dumping ground for miscellaneous junk then the typical DIY store affair is adequate. But to me a shed isn’t just a shed – it’s part of the garden and should be as carefully considered as any other part of the garden design. It should be a thing of lasting value, both aesthetically and practically.
Anyway, our sheds needed replacing and relocating, which presented me with the irresistable opportunity to design and build yet another garden building! (See the Woodshed, Greenhouse and Cabin too).
Purpose of the Workshop
The ‘shed’ I designed contains three internal rooms to serve a range of functions:
- A garden office room in the central section looks out over the garden and contains garden furniture and ample cupboards. It is used as an informal office and project room, but can quickly be configured as a garden room for evening meals or as a sitting area during a garden party, or as a den for teen sleep-overs.
- A potting shed at the north end is used to store garden tools close to the vegetable garden, but also houses a freezer and open shelves for storing garden produce.
- A woodwork shed at the south end contains basic woodworking tools for the kind of DIY projects I do around the garden and home.
The external styling is based on a local vernacular with black clapboards with contrasting white windows and doors. Similar features can be seen on many local country buildings e.g. on the Goodwood estate. The colours harmonise with the other garden buildings (The Greenhouse and Cabin)
The design includes plenty of eco-features, including a green roof, local grown timber for the cladding and sheepswool insulation. This is one of the most structuraly ambitious DIY projects I have undertaken. You can read more about it below:
Workshop design & construction