Here at the Shepherd’s Hut Company we listen to the needs and wishes of our clients and if we are able to accommodate their requests we will. The Wanderer’s Hut retains the same look and design of the Shepherd’s and Drover’s Huts but combines this with an increase in size and flexibility of use.
The internal measurements of the Wanderer’s Hut are 15ft by 7 ft 6in giving an increase of 22 square foot on the Drover’s Hut. These new dimensions allow for a standard length bed (6ft 3in) to be fitted width ways at one end of the hut with room at the other end for an ensuite with toilet, hand basin, and shower.
We also incorporated a mini kitchen which includes two hot plates, sink with mixer tap, fridge with icebox, microwave and cupboard.
To improve stability and overcome problems associated with the increase in size of hut we have:
The front axles still allow for a limited amount of steering. However because the build quality is so strong, the front can be lifted using the A frame tow bar, which allows the hut to be manoeuvred on its back wheels.
Again we found this preferable to the small front wheels and steering axles (4th wheel) as reversing a trailer that has two pivots is not easy to say the least. The small front wheels, to us, looked out of character for a strong rugged hut.
Although always happy to fit client’s own sourced wheels!
To strengthen the main carcass we fixed marine grade plywood panels on the external walls, this produced an extremely rigid body.
We believe these changes, while keeping to the ethos of the huts, have produced a more stable, stronger and rugged looking hut.
We have veered away from cladding the whole of the internal space with pine tongue and groove, as we found this overpowering and the problem of knots weeping, leaving a horrible brown stain, an issue.
While the weeping knots can be overcome by an application (or two as we do) of knotting solution, it is, when done properly, very labour intensive and therefore expensive.
Also we found that breaking up the wall by using half wall panelling made for a more classic look.
However, once again we are always happy to fit any specifications the client wishes.
The ceiling and upper half of the walls are finished off in mdf sheets, which, when coupled with the ridge and rafters, gives a clean crisp finish.
We recommend the engineered 3 ply and Oak finish as this gives the look of Oak, but does not have the stability issues that solid oak planks do. We have and are always happy to fit, solid Oak planks, however warping and movement will always be apparent, as it is a natural product and when it is exposed to differing weather conditions, cannot be helped.
Once we’d constructed this more solid, stable hut, we saw no point in then putting in flimsy ledge and brace doors that would allow the wind to whistle through. We fit Ibigbo hardwood, half panelled, mortise & tenon joint doors, complete with a weather sealed frame and hardwood threshold.
Our attention to detail can be seen from the number of different steps we employ to finish our doors:
Hand built redwood pine with mortise & tenon joints, housing trickle air vents, seal strips,
with 6.4mm laminate safety glass, so if they were to break, no shards of glass would be lost in the grass below.
Again our attention to detail can be seen from the number of different steps we employ to finish our windows:
To finish the look we fit horizontal and vertical coverstrips, using Western Red Cedar as it boasts a 60-year maintenance free lifespan.
The Drover's Huts internal measurement are approximately 6ft 7in by 13ft.
- Redwood, pse (planed square edge) with a coat of external preserve.
- Mortise and tennon, glued and screwed.
- Rails: 128mm X 69mm
- Joists: 128 x69 & 128 x 44
- Cover: 18mm WBP Spruce Plywood.
- Redwood, pse (planed square edge)
- 69mm x 44mm
- Sub mortise and tenon, glued and screwed.
- 2 inch Solid Steel
Cast Iron Wheels
- Cast in Somerset from a pattern made from an original wheel:
- 760mm (30 inch) diameter.
- 100mm (4 inch) rims
- Weight approx 65kg
- 12mm marine grade ply, one coat of primer, denibbed, three applications of topcoat, glued and screwed.
- 12mm mdf, one coat of primer, denib, two applications of top coat.
- Cavity wall insulation: 75mm Sheep's wool insulation
- Ceiling 6mm moisture resistant mdf, one coat of primer, denib, two applications of topcoat. Aitec single sided foil-faced bubble sheet insulation
Roof sheets .
- 7mm steel with pvc plasticoat covering.
Always fitted by a trained and qualified tradesmen. Initially we fitted a small “pot belly” stove, but this became illegal when legislation concerning “sealed units” came in, we were also concerned with the small size of logs that it would accept.
As a result, we decided to go for a dual purpose woodburner. One which enabled you to cook / boil a kettle on the top and also had a good sized glass frontage to watch the flames flicker.