By design, our huts are both functional and attractive. Whether you want an extra guest space, a home office, a holiday rental or summer house, there are a multitude of ways to customise your hut and its surrounding area to suit your individual needs.
In this age of information and technology, I think we all crave some quality relaxation from time to time. A shepherd’s hut provides the perfect space to do just that. It is the perfect addition to any garden that will encourage you to unwind and make the most of your outdoor space with your friends and family.
Here are a few tips and tricks for setting up your shepherd’s hut and garden for a relaxing weekend with your loved ones…
Designing your shepherd’s hut
If you’re looking for a shepherd’s hut that’s more like an extension of your garden, think about including a veranda. It will serve as a comfortable outdoor seating area and we can also install a wood burning stove. The stove is a great way to lengthen the season, keeping off the chill as you enjoy the first bright days of Spring or the last of the summer evenings as Autumn arrives.
Consider a fire pit
It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. We often use the end of an oil drum stood on three bricks with a grid popped over the top! Place it in front of your shepherd’s hut and arrange seating around the edge. Everyone loves a cosy campfire!
Let there be light
There are a wealth of options when it comes to outdoor lighting, but we suggest LEDs. They are clean, safe and mobile, and you can easily store them in your hut for quick access.
If you’re looking to connect your shepherd’s hut to a power source, we can install interior lighting. Even if you’re outside, the light from inside will help to light your outdoor seating area through your hut’s large front windows.
Keep things tidy and easily accessible
When you’ve put aside time for relaxation, you don’t want to waste time tracking down essential items. Keep kitchen rolls, wet wipes, condiments, red wine and outdoor cutlery, along with a stash of blankets, cushions and fleeces in an easily accessible storage unit. Also, think about keeping some folding chairs and bean bags in your hut so you’ll always have enough seating. For the ultimate in organisation, we can build a storage ‘cupboard’ at the back of the hut for all that ‘clobber’ that needs a place to go. Somewhere for the paddling pool, the sun shade and the kindling!
Cook up something tasty
There’s nothing like eating al fresco! While you can easily cook on your fire, you could also consider including a wood burning stove in your hut for more convenient cooking. We have a growing collection of wood stove recipes on our blog if you need a little inspiration. If you fancy keeping things simple, just fry up some sausages and serve with a baked potato and some baked beans!
You could also try some classic campfire nibbles by roasting chestnuts, spiced nuts, and marshmallows straight on your fire!
And, let’s not forget drinks! Get yourself some reusable plastic glasses. They are environmentally friendly and more practical for outdoor use.
Keep yourselves entertained
The aim here is to ditch your smartphones and spend some quality time with your loved ones!
Research some good campfire games or, if you’re feeling brave, get a book of ghost stories to read aloud.
Or why not try stargazing? You could even plan your evening around a meteor shower! The Perseid shower, for example, is often visible on clear nights throughout August.
How do you like to unwind after a busy week? Let us know in the comments below and feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our shepherd’s huts. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!