SHËD: Build your own designer garden office for less than £3000
SHËD: Build your own designer garden office for less than £3000
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SHËD: Build your own designer garden office for less than £3000

Last updated on 2015-07-21

About the Book

I'd been threatening to write this book for years. When I built my garden office in 2009, I blogged about it at onegranddesigns.com. Inspired by the beautiful but shockingly expensive garden offices shown in a Guardian article, I resolved to produce my own "Grand Design" on a budget of just £1000.

Whilst I failed to hit my budget in true "Grand Designs" style, the design went on to win the garden office category in the hotly contested "Shed of the Year" competition in 2010, and people started asking me whether I could write a set of plans so they could build their own. Three years later, this book was their answer. Now in its third and final edition (published July 2015), the book has benefitted from 4 years worth of feedback from builders and readers so hopefully is as good as I can make it. It offers a simple, straightforward "how to" to build the same shed I built.

About the Author

Dominic Jones
Dominic Jones

DOMINIC JONES Is a self confessed “Sheddie”. By day a mild mannered council worker unhampered by any skill for or knowledge of building, Dominic embarked on the production of his own DIY Garden Office in the small back yard of a terraced house in South Liverpool in April of 2009. The garden office went on to win the garden office section of the prestigious "Shed of the Year" competition 2010, briefly garnering Dominic the dubious title of “Liverpool’s Mr Shed”.

He is still occasionally called up by his local radio station to talk on the subject of sheds and shed working.

He's recently moved house, away from the house where he built his  shed into the middle class ghetto. He can mostly be found staring at a corner of his new garden, wielding a tape measure and a steely glint in his eye.

Table of Contents

  • About the Author
  • About this edition
  • Hello!
  • The Mission: A Grand Design for a grand
  • How Much will it cost?
  • How long will it take?
  • DISCLAIMER
  • Can I really build it all myself?
  • Before you get started
  • Bigger Sheds
  • REGULATIONS (UK as at July 2015)
    • Planning Permission
    • Building Regulations (details correct as at July 2015)
    • Electrics
    • Stoves and Heaters
  • What am I going to need?
    • Tools (to buy)
    • Tools (to Hire)
    • Components (for the standard build)
  • CHAPTER ONE: FOUNDATIONS
    • Marking out your plot
    • Preparing the ground
    • Laying the concrete slab
  • CHAPTER 2: Beginning the frame
    • Fit posts
    • Lay bricks
    • Fit Damp Proof Membrane
    • Cut front posts to fit door
    • Secure patio door and top out the posts
  • CHAPTER 3: Fitting the Roof
    • Fit roof trusses
    • screw panels to trusses
    • Mount insulation to panels
    • Complete the sandwich
    • Remove overhang
    • Start felting the roof
    • Lay the top felt layer
  • CHAPTER 4: Walls
    • A note about different wall builds/fence post sizes.
    • Option 1: 75mm fenceposts, 50mm insulation
    • Option 2: 75mm fenceposts, 75mm insulation
    • Option 3: 100mm Fenceposts, 75mm insulation
    • Start framing up
    • Fit outer wall panels
    • Fit bracing piece
    • Fill the wall sandwich
    • Fit the inner wall panels
    • Put the rest of the outside walls in
  • CHAPTER 5: Fitting Windows
  • CHAPTER 6: Electrics (all details correct at July 2015)
  • Chapter 7: Non-mains electric Heat and light
    • Wood Burning/multifuel Stoves
    • Solar Electricity
  • CHAPTER 8: The Floor
    • Floor joists
  • CHAPTER 9: Cladding & Finishing
    • Cladding
    • Cladding the roof overhang
  • FINITO!
  • Finishing Options:
    • 1. Rainwater Management:
    • 2. The Damp-proof membrane:
    • 3. A hidden hinged door instead of the roller shutter:
    • 4. Exterior Lighting:
  • CHAPTER 9: What Next?
    • A New Website
    • A New Shed(?)
    • A New Book?
    • PLEASE GET IN TOUCH!
  • Resources for Builders

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