Aidan Reeve of the Tinywood Homes company in Warwickshire, England has been a professional designer and builder for over 20 years and created these tiny and luxurious little homes for glamping purposes. However, these well-designed structures (with optional wood heated hot tubs) can be lived in full time. The Tinywoods are rented in the Warwickshire area, but if you live in England, the homes can be purchased and delivered and installed on your property. Continue reading
Many shepherd wagons don’t have the functionality of a tiny home and are not really for full time living, however Barrel Top Wagons near Dartmoor National Park in southern England might be building some of most beautiful and practical mobile wagons around. Now they just have to make it over the the U.S.
The December issue of the Tiny House Magazine has a story about handmade, wooden truck campers in it and one of most talked about versions on the Web is the whimsical truck camper designed and built by Handmade Matt. Matt is a craftsman and tiny house enthusiast from Surrey, England and is currently available as a consultant for anyone looking to build their own tiny house—on or off a 4×4 truck.
Matt’s step-by-step process of the camper build is available on his website, and while the camper has been sold to a new owner in Sweden, Matt has recently finished up a new design. The vision for the first camper was to create a traditional looking removable camper with modern comforts. The camper is fully insulated, has solar power with 12v outlets and inverter. It contains a full kitchen with running water from a 13 gallon tank and a refrigerator, a two burner stove and a heater. There is an emergency composting toilet for when a public bathroom is not available.
“I wanted a four wheel drive camper and I have woodworking skills. It was the cheapest and most stimulating option,” Matt said. “The design was inspired over the years by all the things I have seen, a lot from Lloyd Kahn’s books. I am actually featured in his latest book, “Tiny Homes on the Move” with another cabin that I have built. I make no real plans when building, it all comes from my imagination. I make it up as I go along, no drawings, limited forethought. The projects just evolve.”
Matt said his favorite part of this particular build was the finishing touches.
“It’s when the magic happens and the whole vision comes together,” he said. “It’s finally when other people can see what was in my imagination all along. It’s a way of getting something that is inside me to come out into the world.”
Matt and his girlfriend took the camper all over the UK, through the southern English counties and into Wales. It did just fine in the mountains and also served as a home for his girlfriend who worked at various festival events.
For future builds by Handmade Matt, keep an eye on his website or the Tiny House Blog.
Photos by Handmade Matt
These delightful shepherd huts are already making a splash in the United Kingdom with articles in several magazines, but Plain Huts could also be a wonderful addition to the tiny house communities here in the States. If you have the desire (and funds), these modern takes on the Shepherd’s Hut can become your own tiny house on custom wheels.
Plain Huts Shepherd Huts are a family run business in Wiltshire on Salisbury Plain in southern England (10 minutes from Stonehenge). Cath Caesar, her husband Ian, their children and even Cath’s sister run the design and construction business of the huts. The huts are simple yet sturdy, fully insulated and utilize the cast iron wheels of traditional shepherd huts. Cath and crew have designed the wheels specifically for the huts and they can’t be purchased anywhere else.
The Plain Huts, built on an oak and steel chassis, are available as a flexible space to be used as a tiny house, guesthouse, meditation studio, office or workspace. Features include double glazed windows, a covered deck with stairs, redwood or metal siding, a wood stove, and space for a bed and even a small kitchen or bathroom.
Several designs are available including the 124 square foot Romney for £13,500 ($21,200), the 112 square foot Jacob for £11,900 ($18,700), and the 75 square foot Manx for £11,900 ($18,700). Plain Huts can be delivered fully built within England, but if you are keen on building your own, a flat pack version is available. The rolling chassis comes with four insulated walls ready to erect. Doors and windows can be installed later. The Delux Flat Pack Shepherd’s Hut Kit is £6,500 ($10,225) and includes full insulation and Western Red Cedar siding. You can also get the basic kit without insulation for £3,800 ($5,977). The company is willing to ship the kits to the U.S. if the buyer organizes the shipping logistics.
Photos courtesy of Plain Huts and Jo Povoas
by Bill Young
The Shepherd Hut has been around for hundreds of years and primarily in England, but now they are available in America. They can be used as a guest house, a romantic retreat, a special workplace, a retail space for food service or dry goods. Another interesting use of these huts is to rent them out on a nightly basis, like a bed and breakfast.
This particular hut has an exterior dimension of 8 feet wide by 14 feet long. The interior space is approximately 7 feet wide by 13 feet long and can be set up with a number of different configurations. The walls are clad in profiled tongue and groove boards as is the ceiling and the floor is hardwood oak. The hut has been wired with six outlets and protected with a GFI circuit and overhead light. The hut is fully insulated and includes a vapor barrier. The metal roof is a rustic copper style. There are four insulated glass double hung windows that flood the interior with natural light. The Dutch door allows for an even more expansive view when open. The chassis is classic Shepherd’s hut and has a turntable-based front axle that allows for steering. The metal wheels are individually handcrafted and are fitted with tapered roller bearings that connect to the axles. The front towbar allows for different types of vehicles to move the hut around.
The key design feature of this hut is that it can be highly personalized for the new owners needs. The interior can be converted to an entirely open space or incorporate different types of beds, tables, built-ins, or any other fixtures that suit its new purpose.
This hut’s current configuration includes a double bed with a very large storage area underneath. A large cupboard that can provide a kitchen area with plenty of storage. A small table that can accommodate two to three people. These things are included as part of the basic package. The important thing to note here is that all of these things can be changed, removed, modified or even just moved to a different place inside the hut.The bed for example could be removed and replaced with a sofa or futon. The interior walls and ceiling are also designed to allow for any combination of paint or stain and of course the exterior colors can be changed to the color pallet of your choice. The goal of this design is to give you exactly what you want.
These shepherd huts are for sale if you are interested and want to learn more go to our website: http://www.shepherdshutsamerica.com/