Based on the Herefordshire borders, Andrew Marsden builds a variety of wagons and shepherds' huts (often with reclaimed materials) which are of course ideal as garden offices. He also builds what he calls 'Gentlemen’s caravans' (pictured above). "They were used initially by showmen travelling between circuses and fairs," he says, "were much cherished by their owners and often highly painted and decorated with gold leaf details and cut glass windows."
Indeed Andrew actually lives in one of his own restored showman's wagons which features an original curved cut glass unit, a traditional hand-carved sledge bed and a galley kitchen. The hut pictured above is built in oak and ash, comes fully furnished with double bed, hand-painted furniture, antique cut glass windows and hand-carved details. The stable door has a mortice lock, and the whole thing has sheeps’ wool insulation. It can be horse or vehicle drawn.
His other work has included tree houses, a towable house and this rather splendid composting privy on wheels below. Here's what he says about it:
"Constructed using feather edged spruce boards with decorative painted bargeboards and a painted stable door. Fully lined with a breathable water repellent membrane, it has a corrugated iron roof coated with water resistant paint and sits on cast iron wheels. The exterior wooden planking will gently age to a natural silvery finish. Furnished with a beautiful oak seat with brass hinges, a custom-made loo roll holder in oak & ash, rustic coat hooks and a wooden latch."
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