Now the end is in sight! All the tin is on and it has had one coat of bitumen paint. I will do a second coat once we have finished everything else. Windows and door are in and have been painted with Sandtex grey undercoat and pillerbox red gloss. I needed to do 2 coats of gloss to get the colour right and the door inside and side window still need coat number 2. Working outside in an English summer has given me limited opportunities to get out there with my brush. This is what it looks like now.

We used the spare window section with the bottle glass in the top of the door. The main of the door was made from buying a new door and cutting it down. I didn’t want a 50/50 stable door as I wanted guests to be able to peg open the top section and still sit inside out of any wind. Very pleased with the result! Just need to fit the hook to hold the door open once the scaffold had been moved. The green tin has only just been fixed under the door so it has not been painted yet.




Inside we have finished all the wood panels and fixed fireboard around the corner where the burner will be. Collecting this tomorrow, so very excited! We are using the Typhon from Glastonbury Burners and it has a really cool oven set over the fire.


We have some very old, heavy and thick patio slabs here, reclaimed from a villager which will make the base for the fire to sit on. They will need a clean up with some brick acid but should be durable enough for any heavy handed guests. The new fire will sit to the left of the door.


The drop down table under the side window is almost finished. It is made from some old dining table spare sections and will be painted a pebble colour. I am also making some open shelving for the opposite wall from some old Hamlet pine dresser tops which will have the same paint finish. The mattress came today but for now it is being stored in the house to stop me being tempted to have a lie down. All the wall and roof wood now needs to be coated with a clear matt varnish.

Next update should show the bed built and fire fitted so for now let me leave you with the beautiful stained glass window on a wet August day in Somerset.




Just a quick update. We have achieved quite a bit in the last two weeks.

All tin is now on! My next job is to get the paint on, when we get a dry and breeze free day.

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We insulated the roof and sides with 4 rolls we had left over from other jobs. Here is the photo, before it gets covered up.

hut insulation 2

By spreading the word I had a tip off that some floorboards had been dumped for burning. I got permission to salvage them and spent 2 hours on a bonfire site dragging out the best ones and knocking out all the old nails. To be honest I wasn’t entirely sure they would be any good as they had been ripped out quite brutally and it could have been an afternoon tidying up firewood! I filled our car with the planks, thanks to the Freelander rear window, and crossed my fingers we would have enough. This is the result and I am so pleased. They now need a sand and varnish.

After the floor, work started on lining the ceiling with tongue and groove. We are buying this new and to give you an idea of amounts, 100 meters did approx 3/4 of the ceiling! Now the ceiling is finished the walls will get the same treatment.

hut ceiling 2

My original plan was to paint this but now seeing it I am considering leaving it as the wood is so beautiful and light.

I have revamped two old cider half barrels and planted them with dwarf bamboo. These will be sited with the hut and once the plants spread out more they shouldn’t need much attention.

The windows and door will be next and I am off shopping for the woodburner, my kinda shopping xxx




Building our Shepherd’s Hut Part 1

This is one of our current projects. We talked about it for ages and looked at lots of options. Should we by a kit? or buy one second hand? Prices vary so much and we had a good idea of what we wanted. So we have done our own thing!

The first thing we were sure about was getting the wheels/chassis right. Lots of huts have metal wheels way to small for the job. We also wanted to utilise the skills we have so as my Dad is very handy with large, farming type mechanics…. anything with wheels and lots of metal…. we sourced a Dyson trailer hiding in a barn. We think our trailer is circa 1930’s. Lots of these were built for the MOD, then used by farmers for hay and straw haulage.  This is what it looked like when we dragged it out! You can see the tide-marks on the tyres where it was sunken into the ground.dyson trailer

My Dad was a total star with this and spent around 2 months, replacing and repairing the trailer. Some new metal work, red oxide paint,two replacement tyres and lots of wood.

So now with a wooden base fitted we brought it over to our house and waited for our local builder Phil who is fabulous with wood. I went to a local hut builder and bought all their spare tin sheets, the seconds that they can’t use. We also sourced some wooden windows from Somerset Reclamation Yard at Ston Easton. These were surprisingly hard to get as most people have upvc now. I had to send Andy in head first under some stairs to reach them. Worth it as we have one pane with a bottle glass swirl. We also have an old stained glass window, left over from an auction lot a few years ago which we are using over the bed end of the build.

The frame work went up over Easter and then the roof timbers were added. Now we can see the space we have to work with and it all becomes very real!

A waterproof membrane has been added and we now have just finished the tin on the two long sides and the roof! We have decided to go with wrapping the tin around the corners, rather than using edging strips. As soon as the wind dies down I will be painting it all black too. The wood work will be painted red to match the wheels centres.

Although we are calling this a Shepherd’s Hut it really is more like a Showman’s Wagon. We intend to build a storage locker underneath, between the two axles. What we have learned is that there really is no right or wrong way to build. All huts would have been made using whatever the farmer had access to or just lying around. Our build will be a mix of new and old, using up our and other peoples left overs where we can.

Next to source are floorboards and an old chest of drawers/sideboard. I need some deep drawers to build in under the double bed.

The plan is this hut will be one of two, this being the double and the second we build will have two adult bunks. Both will be fitted with a wood burning stove.

Any ideas for naming the hut? Please let me know.