The New Shedworking HQ
by John Coupe
The New Shedworking HQ
The New Shedworking HQ Alex Johnson from shedworking.co.uk recently moved house and asked for suggestions for his new design.
1) It must be big enough for a freelance journalist to work in, as well as storing lots of books, a cider press and some boxes of stuff which should really be in the house
2) It should be reasonably eco-friendly
3) It should be unique
4) Entries must be received by the end of June-ish 2009
The brief is wide-open, to encourage a diversity of entrants I suspect.
My Design features
1) Size and storage
For the average garden a large shed can be quite dominating yet you have a need for space as a successful; journalist, writer and shedworker. My guess is that a 3m x 4m shed would be just about right. The interior would be dry lined with plasterboard and painted pale green to provide a cool calm working environment
I have used a lean to on the end of the shed for the storage of excess 'stuff', garden tools hung on hooks on the main shed wall and there?s also plenty of space for bikes.
By using the lean to for storage the interior can be used to the maximum for books and 'cider-presses' that are used on a day to day basis
2) On the eco-shed front
I have assumed the shed is South facing. This should ensure a nice light interior with a minimal need for artificial light. The timber framed window has a double casement and the timber door has glazed panels. To boost the amount of light and also give good control of ventilation in the summer there are two opening skylights in the north facing roof slope. (the location on the north slope limits solar gain while still allowing in additional light).
In the winter a solar air heater/dehumidifier provides a boost to the electric underfloor heating (that's it just to the right of the window). This 'fit and forget' piece of kit has a solar collector plate which heats up the air in the morning on winter days, when the sun is at a low angle, an integral solar powered fan blows this warmed dry air into the shed reducing the need for additional electric heat. There is a dehumidifying effect which means that any books or papers stored in the office will not suffer from the damp and general heating bills will be less due to the dryer atmosphere. No electrical connection is required for this item.
The roof would be a 'warm roof' this means that insulation is fixed above the plywood decking of the roof. This ensures that the structure of the roof stays warm and will not be subject to condensation it also limits the amount of cold bridging that occurs when the insulation is fitted in-between the rafters.
The walls are of course insulated, sheep's wool must be about the greenest out there. A bit more expensive but hey Alex you're worth it.
Hmmm... not my strong point however here we go...
I have chosen a hipped roof for two reasons:
-From the outside it visually reduces the bulk of the shed and a shed of this size can be quite imposing in the average garden.
-A hipped roof gives some shape and interest to the building.
-Internally the rafters of the hipped roof are geometrically attractive shed to give our Shedworking Hero some thing more interesting than a blank ceiling as he looks up for inspiration.
The height to eaves is 2.2m and with a 20 degree roof pitch (the shallowest angle for general use of felt tiles) gives an overall height of 2.75m so not too imposing.
Finally.....thankyou for reading about this design:
If you like it let me know in the comments section below.
If you can see some room for improvements then you know what to do.....let me know in the comments box below.
If I get enough comments I will try and get version two incorporating all your 'improvements' out in the next couple of weeks.
All the best