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The couple wanted their working environment to feel light, warm and comfortable, with room for books and electronics. Wiring, weatherproofing and security were priorities.
A view of the garden was a must, too. The full-height retractable doors allow the two to enjoy the garden while they work — and create the option of entertaining here in warm weather.
"The clients were very excited about seeing the doors fully open," says Sian. "It's another surprise for visitors who are expecting only part of the doors to swing open."
Inexpensive, durable sheets and rough-sawn wood were sourced from local and sustainable companies, and the high insulation levels allow for minimal energy costs.
Sian used the ceiling beams as a structural guide for the library shelves, and saved floor space and cost by building the shelves into the back wall. All that storage meant the clients didn't need anything else except a chair and a table.
A slightly hidden skylight at the back isn't really visible until a burst of sunlight and blue sky opens over the library.
"I wanted to express the simple materials in their natural state and use the shed as a showcase for what can be achieved with 'unfashionable' materials, with a limited budget but with unlimited imagination," Sian says.
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