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Monthly Archives: December 2009

It’s almost Christmas week, so in a somewhat Gilesian manner, in seems appropriate to refer to our move into The Bothy as The Merry Move-In.  After a session of carrying stuff for most of the day yesterday the floor is now more or less full & the ham radio equipment is stacked high on a temporary shelving system, not in use of course. While Martin is busy in his workshop making the radio operating bench, Tom from Ikon Systems is working today to set up the server.

Tom from Ikon Systems at work connecting the server & making everything work....

....while I need to figure out where all this stuff goes


Martin & Joe are working late this evening to get the shelving fixed in the server space and to get the carpet tiles laid in time for tomorrows move-in. Ikon Systems are on-site on on Friday morning to connect up the server, plotter, printer & fax machine.   Martin is planning to have the radio bench ready just in time to ensure that I’ll be able to work late on the 24th getting my ham station back up and running for the Christmas holidays!

Martin is busy working at night to get materials in for the shelving in the server area....

... while Joe completes work on the floor.

Working together with Martin and his electricians we have progressed the work to the point where we have now positioned the services inside The Bothy.  Electricity, broadband and telephone wiring is currently being placed and our IT consultant, Ikon systems has been on hand to advise on how everything should be done.  AC, telephones and data will circle the room from the entry point and reach the Ketch work desk, taking in the position of the server, plotter and fax area.  DC power from the solar panels and battery bank will be added to the trunking later and DC wiring will also be built into the overhead shelving in order to power the DC lighting.  Each of the services will also be taken onto the island bench which will form the new amateur radio station for EI2GN.

Interior of The Bothy showing the Electrician working in the server area and Martin working outside to complete the external details. A very light green has been apllied to the walls to work with the varnished pine ceiling, window details and rear wall. The landscape architecture work-desk will soon be located under the horizontal window.

The focus throughout the project has been on allowing natural light into The Bothy. In order to maximise the delivery of natural light we have used Dulux Light and Space paint to maximise reflected light within the space. This wall will largely be behind the amateur radio bench so it really is a test of what the paint technolgy can do. On the left hand side is the entry and distribution point for the electrical, data, telephone and radio cables.

More and more people are discovering the merits of working from home, but not just from any old room in the house. We are realising that it is possible to work from home and still maintain an effective degree of separation between our work and our home life.  Having closed my rental office recently in the very excellent Marina Commercial Park I am at home, on-site, while The Bothy is being built.  I am therefore of course uniquely positioned to sample the nuances of working from the house itself as opposed to very shortly working from The Bothy.

I’ll revisit this discussion again when we’ve got everything into The Bothy & when operations are up and running from there.  During the process of deciding to take this route towards working from home, and during the design and build phase, one point of reference that has been of great benefit has been Alex Johnsons  Shedworking, which takes three forms:

  • The blog which has daily updates of all sorts of interesting and innovative and practical ideas for working from sheds or shed-like places
  • The Twitter account which is part of a wide-ranging discussion on all things shed-like & on the world in general
  • And the new book which is due for publication in June 2010 and which you can now pre-order on-line.

This is your very best One-Stop for all things to do with knowing about working in sheds or in shed-like places.

The first part of the internal finish was completed yesterday by Denis who was busy fitting the T&G ceiling around the Velux roof-lights.  After some discussion we have decided to use a clear varnish on this part of the inside in order to let the the pine age and darken in it’s own time.

The tongue & groove ceiling is fitting neatly around the Velux.