The Shedworking Revolution [Giveaway]


To be considered for this giveaway, leave a comment below by the end of Thursday, April 8, 2010.*

Shedworking, a term coined by freelancer Alex Johnson, refers to the art of working from home in a shed-like space separate from the house.  Johnson has been at the forefront of this movement with his popular Shedworking site.  He's also the author of a book on the topic, which is due to hit the shelves in June 2010.  We've been granted early access to Shedworking: The Alternative Workplace Revolution and will give it away as part of this comment contest. 

Whether full-time or part-time, apparently over 29 million Americans work from home at least one day per month.  If you're doing this, maybe a backyard Thoreauvian workspace might just be what you need to take work to a new level.  As Johnson explains:

"A shed is 'me space': decorate it how you like, listen to your music as loud as you like, wear whatever you like.  You'll feel happier, work better, and get home quicker."

It's a space that's physically and mentally demarcated from the home but that's also convenient and near the home.  Thousands of folks — regular people and even some famous types like Neil Gaiman — work in sheds and Johnson shares how they're doing it.  

If you grab a copy of Shedworking, you'll notice that the book has the undeniable look and feel of something that would rest forever on a trendy coffee table.  But when you start to move through the text, you'll agree there's a wealth of information in the text.  Any given idea or illustration might just change the way you approach work in the future. 

Unlike some blogs that publish a book, Shedworking isn't cut and paste from the author's online material.  Johnson shares several examples of unpublished garden offices, offices on roofs, sheds inside traditional offices, and sheds on wheels, etc.  If you're interested, go pre-order a copy:

[+] Shedworking by Alex Johnson on Amazon.

*To participate in this book giveaway contest, drop a comment by midnight MST on Thursday, April 8, 2010.  Say where you're from if you don't know what to say.  By leaving a comment, you agree to the terms and conditions relating to giveaways on Jetson Green.

  • Brandon Smith

    I think I’d take any shed that looked like the one in the upper right corner of the cover!

    • Preston

      It’s nice, isn’t it? That’s the Cuberno model from Rooms Outdoor in London.

      • Brandon Smith

        I just spent some time at the Cuberno website…. awesome! Though I think getting one of those to my backyard would double the price (starting at 21,000GBP!)

  • Anonymous

    I have been hanging on to some precious items in storage, waiting to be incorporated into my future PDX workshed. I can’t wait to see this book!

  • Uncle Wilco

    Alex has gone a great job pulling together the posher end of the Shed market in this book. And we hope more Shed Workers get involved in the seedier side of Sheds that is đŸ˜‰

  • Kat

    This looks like a really cool book with interesting subject material!

  • Susan C

    adding a shed to my wish list

  • Michelle

    I am obsessed with having a little outbuilding in my yard to use as a studio (or just a chill out room). This looks like a very interesting book!

  • Robin

    I would love to win a copy of this book. My husband works from home and we have to clear of the dining room table every night. Maybe he’ll get inspired by the book!

  • Mark

    Sold… now I just have to get myself a remote work arrangement!

  • Adam E. Anderson

    I’m a big believer in the demarcation aspect. Plus, distraction is work’s enemy. The more privacy and ability to tune out distraction the more productive you’ll become. Worksheds for all.

  • Preston C

    My wife would love to ban me and my messy projects to a garden shed! I’ll take one please.

  • Anonymous

    I live in Williamsburg, KY.

  • Matt

    What a great Article.

  • Anonymous

    I Like the idea- I actually built a workspace in my garage- but find I get more concentrated work done when i go to the studio- besides that, I have reached a point in my life where i would rather have a larger studio space than living quarters!! Check out Tiny Houses.

    • Preston

      Congrats CGTG! You’ve won this giveaway … I’ll email you separately to get your address for shipping the Shelterworking book. Best of luck to everyone else next time.

  • Jess

    I need this book, give it to me! My boyfriend works at the dining table. Let’s put a shed in the garden instead

  • kellygirlm

    wishing i had a yard to place a shed! i work from home & would love to be able to walk thru the yard instead of down the hall.
    maybe i can talk a client into having a shed, however…

  • Eric Seitz

    For two years, in Brazil, we did not have a garage for me to do my tinkering in. We did have a shed that I had built for about $1000 US. It had a bathroom, a great view out of it’s one window, and a tangerine tree just outside the door, I miss it. Personal space to organize one’s thoughts and stuff is a true luxury.

  • Marin

    right up my alley! thanks for the beautiful images and the new term… i’d love to see how differently people have worked over their sheds.

  • christine

    None of these structures adhere to the strict definition of a “shed,” but I’m such a fan of separate at-home work spaces that I’ll let it slide. Plus, I guess Shedworking just sounds cooler than Studioworking.

  • Steve Burke

    I deserve this book because my wife would love for me to occupy a shed.

  • Kurt

    This is a neat idea. If I had a little place like this where I could work, then my dogs could wander in and out from the yard, instead of regularly pestering me for spending too much time looking at the computer in my current study (which could be converted to a bedroom or something else instead).

  • Anonymous

    wow – walking to work but still being outdoors, seeing the sunshine, and having your own place! i love it.

  • David7

    Ah yes, a nice cozy place to contemplate, dream, and work on personal projects…maybe even spend most of one’s tiime there. I’m ready.

  • Amy

    what an interesting idea; definitely would see how having your “own space” but being able to commute there with about 10 – 20 steps is a great business strategy and ecological footprint reduction at the same time.

  • Anonymous

    We’ve been considering an outbuilding, whether a small shed or a larger studio. Cost, zoning regulations, and backyard space are the constraints.

    Len M.

  • Anonymous

    Love the idea. Will have to give some thought to how I can make it possible for me.

  • Anonymous

    Great Idea for milder climates. Here in upper midwest, cold and snow might be a problem, but I still love it.

  • Gonçalo Soares

    You should go international, if you catch my drift…

  • Anonymous

    I have a job that allows me to work from home, but my three little boys make that difficult. A studio/shed in the back yard would be perfect

  • christina

    Great idea.

  • Andrew Stone

    I have been working on building an office in my back yard for years. Someday I will do it.

  • Anonymous

    Looks like a great book. Makes me want to build a passivshed in my back yard to use for my office.

  • Paul

    Working at home full-time for the last year I definitely see the appeal of and need for a shed. Book me!

  • Anonymous

    these types of sheds could also be great for music spaces so that you don’t make so much noise in the house, or for recording music away from household noise

  • Anonymous

    Looks Like another Great Read and GiveawaY!! Thanks Jetson Green!

  • Anonymous

    I’ve got the perfect spot in the back yard for one of these sheds. Plenty of space for my bike workshop and an office. I wouldn’t have to rent office space away from the home. So, I’d be saving money!

  • Jay

    Sheds are an under-utilized resource. We typically just think of them as storage bins for tools and equipment, but a good shed can be a storage area, studio, shop and office rolled into one.

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