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By richardlee, Nov 18 2017 09:19AM

The western red cedar shingles are going on the Elmley National Nature Reserve hut, the walls are done and the roof is next. It's unusual to do the whole structure in shingles but it looks really interesting. There is a bungalow in nearby Cerne Abbas which looks fantastic in silvered shingles. They weather to silver over a number of years but remain very durable, lasting 50 years plus if they are fitted properly. The Elmley hut is large, at 9'6 wide by 18' long with a pitched roof and glazed end. Western red cedar cladding is a popular thing in the US, where we also have shipped several of our more standard shepherd's huts over the years, the most recent went to New York state.

There is always some debate about the correct use of the apostrophe in shepherd's. It's completely horrible to see it written as shepherd hut but it is done quite alot. No idea why the apostrophe s has been droppped by some, but there you go. As I've said before you have an Army Lorry, a Butcher's Van, a Gypsy Caravan, a Shepherd's Hut, a Barber's Chair, a Cook's kitchen, a Woodworker's Apron, a Thatcher's truck. You wouldn't say 'There goes the the thatcher truck, it would be 'There goes the thatcher's truck' There are lots of examples (I'm on a roll now) - If there was a fishing hut by a river it would sound wrong to say 'there's a fisherman hut' it would be 'there's a fisherman's hut' So it can't be right to see a shepherd's hut in a field and say 'there's a shepherd hut in the field'. Horrible, a travesty...

I think i need a lie down!

Whatever, we have a workshop with lots of fantastic shepherd's huts being built. Do get in touch to find out more.



By richardlee, Nov 7 2017 09:57AM

We have over 17 years of shepherds hut making behind us, and over 500 huts. They have been made for many different uses, from the more apparent home offices or art studios, through to saunas and even a terrapin house!


Whilst we like keeping the traditional proportions and feel, we often add a contemporary twist. A chap in the New Forest ordered a 12' shepherd's hut, traditional on 3 sides but with a sliding aluminium glazed end. This was for him to sit at his desk and watch his race horses in the menage!


Also, when we do wider huts we base these on the Living Vans which towed behind steam engines. These were wider, over the wheels, and had shallower curved roofs. From a practical point of view this allowed the hut to travel down the lanes, the wheels safely tucked under the sides away from the verge. I have heard various stories of Living Vans over the years, and of course possibly the most famous one travelled behind the great Fred Dibnah's steam engine. Jane's uncle lived in one with a team whose job it was to reinstate the London parks that had been ploughed for agricluture during the war.


Do get in touch to find out more - a shepherd hut or a Living Van (hut) could be the perfect solution to your need for extra space.



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