Press October 2009 – 11 / 10


Publication: The Sunday Telegraph

Publication Date: 11th October 2009

Article title: “I’m in the shed”

Article content: Colleen Toomey – Author and documentary film–maker Colleen Toomey wanted to “go to work” even if it meant just strolling 60ft through the back garden of her Victorian house in North London where she lives with her barrister husband and son. “It makes sense to remove myself, geographically, from the house so I am not interrupted or tempted to inspect the fridge every time I get writer’s block”, she says, “Having trawled the internet, I came across Ecospace and loved the designs of their simple lines and large expanses of double glazing … My office has a big window through which I see foxes walking past. It also has a sedum roof in which alpine plants flower in the spring and summer so the outlook is much more pleasant for our neighbours and from the top floor of our house.”

“The building is well–made with a sustainable birch wood interior and cedar cladding – good quality materials that are attractive and sympathetic to the surroundings. I’ve found it cool in the summer and warm in the winter thanks to the structural insulation and low energy under floor heating…It took about four days to build after which the electrics were installed. The same wireless broadband connection works in the office and house and I also had a phone installed. Neither my husband nor son use it so it really is a room of my own.”

A similar 5m x 3.8m office would cost £21,950+VAT plus delivery. Planted sedum roof, underfloor heating, recyclable rubber flooring, double–glazing, power points and insurance approved security locks are included. As Ecospace is part of an architectural practice, a professional design and planning service is also included. Bespoke sizes and designs are also available.