Up in Manchester, meanwhile, Tim Denton, a furniture designer, made his own to please himself. The exterior of his studio is clad in unusually shaped shingles inspired by a trip to Chile.
Garden room fervour hasn’t hit Manchester quite like it has in space-strapped London which has become a Tetris-like bid to fill every last inch of space. For him, the priority was to create a room that disappeared into its environment. “Many off-the-peg ones can end up looking a bit clumsy,” says Denton.
He did initially consider rolling out production after the surge in demand for garden rooms during lockdown, “but we’re so busy with furniture it wasn’t possible,” he says. “We get inundated with inquiries though.” He has always been fascinated by cabins, citing Le Corbusier’s as an inspiration. The architect spent his summers in a tiny cabin on the Côte d’Azur that he built in the mid-1950s. It was an exercise in minimal habitation but also a birthday present for his wife Yvonne, made with prefabricated pieces of oak from Corsica for the interior and rough pine boards for the exterior.
“I’ve always though it’s nice to have a little space of your own, that you have control over,” says Denton of his own shed.
The appeal becomes even more understandable when one considers that, like many of the garden room owners interviewed for the book, Denton is in his early 40s with a young family, and fighting to find his own time and space. “The kids are allowed to enter when I permit them,” he laughs. “It’s a safe room.”
Work from Shed is published by Hoxton Mini Press