from a garden studio is a time-honored tradition. Here, we find out how to get
a modern-day equivalent. In an age of rising travel- and office-rent costs,
there are financial incentives to becoming a ‘shed worker’ as well as the draw
of optimizing your time while separating work from home. Here’s everything you
need to know to get started.
How do I
build a shed studio? There are surprisingly few hoops to jump through to
install one, especially when compared to extending a home. Planning permission
is only required if you want to build a structure higher than 2.5 meters, or
one that covers more than half of your garden’s area and most companies offer
to buy a ready-made shed. What
designs are there? In terms of shape and style, there are countless pre-fab
options out there that are quick to install and don’t cost the earth. The
strikingly simple model pictured above. Its angular, irregular shape is
reminiscent of a classic lean-to, and it can be installed with full electrics.
What if I
want to design my own? Chris Hodge, owner of shed-building company Shackadelic,
knows that everyone has different requirements. ‘A recent client wanted a shed
that had two offices, one for herself and one for her husband, and a playroom
for their children – so we created a U-shaped shack for them,’ he says.
‘Skylights are also a popular request. People like to flood their sheds with
natural light and to hold onto that outdoor feel.’ Hodge raises a good point –
ask yourself whether you want your studio to blend into your garden, or to
stand out from it. Sedum roofs, cedar-shingle cladding – which ages beautifully
– or well-worn timber are elements that can camouflage a structure amongst
the interior? As with any compact space, the key to decorating a shed studio is
in maximizing light, space and convenience. A white-based color is an obvious
choice for walls, although darker shades create depth and a cozy atmosphere.
Using slim storage will also form the illusion of more space, and don’t forget
about sockets and switches.