My sheddie : Alex from shedworking

This is the first of these mini interviews about “my sheddies”, this week, shed of the year judge and friend of the site.

Alex Johnson

Sheddies name: Alex Johnson

Shed name:The Shed

1) Selfbuild or off the shelf shed?

Off the shelf, from Homestead Timber Buildings. I do have another shed for storage which I built myself and anyone who sees it will immediately understand why I decided not to build my own garden office.

2) Why have you got a shed? uses etc

I use it as a garden office to write in (I am a journalist, producing the Shedworking site and The Shed e-magazine as well as working for various national magazines, newspapers and charities). It also serves as an overflow storage space from the house, mainly for books, but also for my homemade cider and seedlings. The outside wall is used by my son for football practice.

3) How would you describe your shed?

Traditionally shed-like exterior compared to some of the more modern garden office designs now on the market, but warm, dry and cosy inside so fully functional. Although it’s very much a work space, it has a friendly feel as there are plenty of books, postcards and photos dotted around and work-related things are largely out of site: it’s a comfortable place to work in. And it’s green.

4) Who are your shed inspirations?

George Bernard Shaw, Gustav Mahler, Roald Dahl, Jennings’ Little Hut by Anthony Buckeridge

5) Future Shed plans

The exterior needs a little bit of touching up with a small paintbrush and I really ought to clean the floor. In an ideal world I’d install a solar panel on the roof (wind turbine too?) but that might have to wait until the next shed.

6) How did you find out about our community?

When I first came up with the idea for The Shed magazine I started Googling around and naturally was the first site I came across.

7) What word would you use to sum up Sheds?


> Thanks Alex, if any other sheddies would like to be featured in this Spot, the fill out this Q & A Form and I will get back you!

By Andrew Wilcox

I love sheds Founder & judge of Shed of the year - Wilco writes mainly about sheds. About the blog Enter your shed into #shedoftheyear