Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Dorset-based Plankbridge restore and recreate traditional shepherds' huts for 21st century uses such as a garden office or artist's studio. The huts are built by Richard Lee and Jane Dennison using locally sourced materials including Douglas Fir for the chassis and frame. Naturally there is traditional corrugated iron cladding (galvanised, etched, red oxide primed and metalastic painted in mid Brunswick green),tongue and groove internal lining with 100mm mineral wool insulation, solid French oak floor, and hand forged ironmongery with reproduction cast iron wheels to original patterns made in Dorset. The standard model measures (internally)1.84m width, by 3.5m length and is 2.3m high. Optional extras include bunk beds, solar panel light system and handmade woodburner. Plankbridge also build and convert other structures for use as a garden office including the conversion of an old Somerset and Dorset railway goods wagon. There are some great photos on the site, including an excellent case study, plus interesting information about the natural habitat of the area.