GARDEN eco-SHED WORKSHOP 2

The Organic Centre, Rossinver, Co. Leitrim Saturday July 31st & Sunday August 1st 2021 10.00AM – 4.00PM
 €140

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This Workshop will focus on how to construct one’s design oneself or how to organise others to construct it on one’s behalf. Download HANDOUT 2 to familiarise yourself with this process.

This 2 day Workshop will focus on the practicalities of constructing a Garden ecoShed as a self-build/direct labour project, by employing a building contractor or by utilising a combination of both.

The Workshop format will be such that participants can engage with the decision-making process necessary to the success of the construction of their ecoShed.

A strong emphasis will be placed on how to minimise costs while maintaining high standards particularly in respect of fulfilling commitments to environmental and health matters.

With a firm focus on how to bring individual designs into built reality participants can expect, on completing this Workshop, to have assembled a comprehensive body of material relating to all aspects of how their Garden ecoShed will be constructed – and by whom.

It is planned to have camping facilities available on-site and to organise a communal evening meal to be followed [possibly] by a film and/or a group discussion.

Participants should prepare for this Workshop by downloading and studying Garden eco-Shed Workshop 2 Handout and bring with them their design work based on the Garden eco-Shed Workshop 1 Handout.

Amongst the topics that will be covered are the following: The importance of design; Model making; Invisible Architecture; Site analysis; Structural systems; Heating & Ventilation systems; Selecting insulation materials; Sourcing & selecting other building materials & products; Quantifying and costing materials & products; Estimating construction timeframes; Plumbing, including rainwater harvesting and storage; Drainage, including compost toilets and greywater recycling; Electrical, including off-grid 12/24v systems; Natural paints – how to make and use them; Preparing working drawings; Construction tools; Skill sharing; Setting out the building on-site; Site and work area preparation; Engaging and working with volunteers; Construction sequences; Supervision; Experiencing your ecoShed.

Many of these topics will be illustrated practically – for example: Model making; Site Analysis; Orienting a building to capture solar energy; Material selection; Setting out a buildings’ footprint on-site; Mastering the 3 basic timber framing skills – measuring/marking, cutting and nailing!

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Peter Cowman is an architect, eco-builder, writer and teacher delivering Courses & Workshops internationally on the subject of Living Architecture. He began teaching people how to design their own homes in 1989, a task which he still pursues as director of the Living Architecture Centre. Never having had a mortgage himself, Peter has a special interest in the creation of affordable, healthy, low-impact, mortgage-free buildings and has developed a unique timber framing system for cost-conscious self-builders. Originator of the ‘sheltermaker’ and ‘living architecture’ concepts Peter’s work has been widely publicised in both print as well as broadcast media, worldwide. He lives in south Leitrim. His Sheltermaker’s Manual is published by Python Press. His website is sheltermaker.com

EconoSpace as magic box

EconoSpace as magic box

GARDEN eco-SHED WORKSHOP 1 ONLINE

Presented by The Organic Centre, Rossinver, Co. Leitrim

Saturday June 5th 2021

11.00AM-1.00PM – LUNCH BREAK – 2-4PM

€35

This Workshop will focus on how to develop a design relative to your needs, your budget, your resources and the prevailing site conditions.

To get the most from the Workshop download the WORKSHOP HANDOUT 1 and the Garden ecoShed Workshop 1 video.

Watch the video and peruse the Handout at the same time. When you are satisfied with the general approach consider how you might answer the questions in the Handout. The online Workshop will focus on the various options open to participants.

The outcome participants can reasonably expect from this Workshop is to arrive at a clear articulation of their individual design ambitions and, based on the information and skillset imparted, to gain the competence to continue the development of their design to the level required for construction.

Even if a person has no need or want of an ecoShed, but has a general interest in building design, the experience of participating will yield many interesting insights.

The planned weekend GARDEN eco-SHED WORKSHOP 2 in August will focus on the minutae of the construction process from the development of a competent Working Drawing package to the use of this vital material in the construction process.

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A Garden ecoShed that complies with Exempted Development guidelines does not require planning permission nor does a Garden ecoShed/Forestry Hut that complies with Forestry Exemption guidelines.

DOWNLOAD ORGANIC CENTRE COURSE BOOKLET WITH BOOKING DETAILS

EconoSpace

EconoSpace

SOME THINGS YOU MIGHT DO IN A GARDEN EcoSHED

Yoga. Meditation. Daydreaming. Making&Doing. Music. Writing. Painting. Romantic Dalliance. Relaxing – there’s no end to what you can do in a Garden ecoShed!
Discover how to create one for yourself – no planning permission required!

The Garden EcoShed concept is based on the EconoSpace, a building type that has been in development at the Living Architecture Centre for over a decade.

Octagonal EconoSpace scale model currently under development at the LAC

Octagonal EconoSpace [aka Garden EcoShed] scale model currently under development at the LAC

The Gyreum EconoSpace nestled into its surroundings

The Gyreum EconoSpace nestled into its surroundings

DETAILS OF ORIGINAL 2020 WORKSHOP PROGRAMME APPEAR BELOW … THE ONLINE VERSIONS COVERS AS MUCH OF THIS MATERIAL AS POSSIBLE WITHIN THE TIMEFRAME THAT WAS AVAILABLE

DOWNLOADING AND STUDYING HANDOUT 1 & HANDOUT 2 WILL GREATLY ASSIST PARTICIPANTS IN THE 2021 WORKSHOPS IN GETTING THE MOST FROM THE EXPERIENCE.

GARDEN ecoSHED WORKSHOPS 1&2

Workshop 1 of this two part weekend event will focus on design – turning ideas into reality – while Workshop 2 will concentrate of construction. Participants can configure their own ecoShed and get hands-on with the simple framing system Peter has devised during this extremely practical weekend. The making of frame components and the erection of a frame will be a feature of this empowering experience.

These Workshops are interlinked, the one naturally leading on from the other.
They will focus on the design and construction of single storey buildings up to 25sqm in area which can be constructed in the average back garden without planning permission.

To get an idea of what’s possible check out The EconoSpace.

Both Workshops will be supported with comprehensive Handouts.
There is no requirement for participants at either Workshop to build or to wish to build anything.

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GARDEN ecoSHED WORKSHOPS 1&2

The importance of developing a comprehensive design.
Capturing ideas and getting them down on paper.
Thinking about the place, the budget, the people, the materials, the products and the skills that will be combined to create an ecoShed design perfectly suited to your needs.
The Planning situation.
Assembling design information.
Selecting and assessing a suitable site.

Getting hands-on with peter-post making at the Cahir Workshop

Getting hands-on with peter-post making at the Cahir Workshop

How your ecoShed design is to be constructed.
Practicalities – site set up; tools; materials; procedures; skills; resources; sequencing; labour; timeframes; foundations; framing; services; finishing; etc.
Participants at this Workshop who have not attended Workshop 1 and who intend on constructing an ecoShed should bring with them comprehensive design information as outlined for Workshop 1.
Looking for ideas? Check out The EconoSpace.

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