Allotment Sheds

The British concept of allotments might be foreign to most Americans. These small garden plots are temporary, but that doesn’t stop many gardeners from building their own creative allotment sheds—many of which could become a tiny house, as it happened to this man a few years ago.


An allotment garden, or just allotment, is a small plot in a community garden given to a group or individual for growing food plants. The gardens are granted for a short amount of time and are rotated through different paid memberships. The term victory garden, coined in World War I and II, can also be used for these small (usually between 500-5,000 square feet) plots of land. Allotments are utilized in many countries including Denmark and Sweden, the Czech Republic, Russia and Greece.

While allotments and their sheds are not for residential purposes, many sheds built to house tools and other garden implements become temporary homes for gardeners as they work on their land. These sheds will sometimes have small wood stoves to keep gardeners warm in some of the rainy, cold weather that plagues Northern Europe. Other sheds have seating and tables, cots for napping and small camping stoves or a storm kettle to stir up some fresh garden fare. What is also fun and unusual is how creative some people can get with their sheds by using recycled materials or whatever is lying around the allotment.


The lovely Katie Lane gardens, cooks and eats at her allotment with a storm kettle and a small gas stove and oven. She writes about her adventures on Plot 15c on her blog, Lavender and Leeks. She even gives us a peak into her “girly” shed on YouTube.



This allotment shed is made from recycled pallets. This website gives you tips on how to build an allotment shed.


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Photos by Wikimedia, The Telegraph, Mary Ellen Garden, Democracy Street, Rule Brittania


By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]

UK Trailhouse Tiny House

A new company in the UK is bringing its version of the tiny house to the people in the UK. The UK is well know for using sheds as a workspace but have been slower to adapt the tiny house as a true livable option. Here is what Trailhouse has to say:

Inspired by the ‘Tiny House’ movement that has it’s roots in the USA, the Trailhouse is a beautifully styled tiny home mounted on a purpose built galvanized trailer. It now offers UK buyers a truly mobile solution for either extended living space to an existing home or a standalone building for a garden or outside space.

trailhouse exterior

You can get more information at Trailhouse; This particular unit is available from Hudson Garden Rooms starting at £18,500 (US$ 30,976).


workspace and kitchen

view from loft

view from kitchen


Y:Cube Housing

With rising home prices and rent, the United Kingdom is going through its own housing crisis and tiny house concepts are beginning to pop up like mushrooms around the sovereign state. One concept is now being created by the YMCA in partnership with the architectural firm, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and was originally inspired by colorful beach huts.


The YMCA, known for fostering community and offering accommodations for lower income individuals and budget travelers, has come up with their own tiny prefab house. The Y:Cube is a self-contained unit that can be lived in individually or in a modular “plug and play” system. Imagine working house models that look like LEGO blocks. Each cube is 280 square feet and contains one bedroom with a double bed, a living area with a small, modern kitchen, a workspace and a lounging area. The tiny bathroom is connected to the bedroom and contains a toilet, sink and shower.



The portable, durable cubes are built using reinforced panels fixed to a renewable timber frame inside a factory. Water, heating and electrical components are built right in. The completed cubes are then assembled into two or three story blocks in a courtyard formation.

A set of 35 Y:Cubes will be built on property owned by the YMCA and offered for sale for around $50,000 (£30,000). They can also be rented for about £140 a week. The YMCA is creating the Y:Cube to be developed and financed by a range of housing providers.



Photos courtesy of Y:Cube


By Christina Nellemann for [Tiny House Blog]

Tiny House UK

The burgeoning tiny house on wheels movement has officially made its way over the pond in style. Mark Burton’s Tiny House UK company in Surrey is creating spacious, modern and beautiful designs that he is currently marketing to the United Kingdom which is also suffering from a housing crisis.


One of Mark’s designs has been featured on the UK’s “The One Show” where you can get an idea of how many people fit into the little space (the show features eight) with a full kitchen, a loft bed, a comfortable sofa bed with storage, drop-down tables, fireplace, flat screen TV and toilet/shower combo. There is also another bed/storage area above the door. The interior of each of his homes are clean, streamlined and contain modern appliances. The house is made to seem even larger with its dormer windows in the loft and additional windows under the eaves above the door. Continue reading

Canopy & Stars Tiny Houses

The name of this vacation rental company in the United Kingdom might have picked the best name to describe the simplicity of staying in or living in a tiny house. Canopy & Stars have taken it a step further and offer handpicked quirky and eco-friendly small places to stay within Europe. They include tree houses, cabins, vardos, caravans, barges, yurts and more. Several of their properties caught my eye and stilled my heart: two shepherd huts on wheels in Hampshire, two shepherd’s huts located at a farm in Norfolk, and a train carriage in Wales.


Alex Evan’s Wiggly Tin shepherd huts (one pictured above) are located in Hampshire in the South Downs National Park. The huts (named Beacon and Butser) are completely off-grid and contain raised beds with storage underneath and wood-burning stoves. Showers and a bathroom are accessed in a nearby converted shepherd’s hut. Continue reading