Publication: Shed-Chic by Sally Coulthard
Publication Date: 27th November 2009
Article title: Work/Live space
Article content: “Most of us dream of escaping the office and working from home but, few of us have the space. One London firm of architects has proven that downshifting and saying goodbye to the daily commuter grind need not mean the end of your day job.”
It is amazing what happens in some peoples sheds. Just ask the architects at Ecospace.
Their sophisticated garden studios are being used for everything from a doctor’s waiting room to a professor’s library. Clients include graphic artists, musicians, psychiatrists, yacht designers, television presenters, lawyers, photographers and producers – all looking for a place in which to practice their profession.
Ecospace’s sheds may be pretty, but the reasoning behind them is eminently practical. Many of the company’s clients previously owned or rented offices elsewhere, but found that a working shed was a much more of a cost–effective and an eco–friendly solution. It also scrapped the need for a,spirit–crushing, daily commute. Other clients already worked from home, but needed a space detached from domestic distractions.
As with all sheds the beauty of an Ecospace studio is that it eliminates some of the sticky issues associated with a typical house extension – consultant’s fees, unpredictable builders and spiralling costs. Planning permission is often a sticking point when you need to extend your home, especially if your house historically significant. Invest, instead in a shed, and there is a good chance you won’t face a nightmare applying for consent.
The structure of an Ecospace is manufactured off–site, keeping disruption and build time on your actual property down to a minimum. Instead, in just a matter of days, you have a home office complete with a super efficient heating system, low wattage nickel down lighters and an electrical supply.
For many, however, the Ecospace studio becomes much more than a place to work. Alongside the integral workstation and storage systems, a shower room, mezzanine sleeping area, kitchenette, wood–burning stove and fitted furniture can all be chosen by clients – everything you could possibly need to turn your shed into a slice of home.”