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The Therapeutic Hut

The Therapeutic Hut

The Therapeutic Hut

shepherds hut

We can all appreciate that a shepherd’s hut is a lovely, relaxing space, but Mark Lewis and Dionne Flatman have taken it one step further and used one as a base for Dionne’s therapy room. The hut was destined for the back garden which meant that they had to use one of our kits.

We recently sent them a few questions about the build and they very kindly answered in full!

What sort of hut did you buy?

The Basic Flat Pack Kit in the Jacob size. It was agreed that the kit would be assembled in such a way that it could be disassembled into component parts so that it could be carried in pieces through our garage and into our garden.

What was the intended use for the hut?

To be additional space for guests and to be a therapy room for Dionne.

Could you describe how the building went?

We gave ourselves a weekend for delivery and made sure we had lots of hands around to help ease the kit into the garden. It then worked out as a day to put the base together and then a second day for the walls and the start of the roof. Making sure it was all sitting level and going together square was really important and made a difference.

Once the roof was on (I finished that in the evenings over a week), I clad the outside with a membrane to keep the elements out. We sourced a local carpenter to build and install three windows. Another local carpenter used a recycled door and turned into a stable door. By this time, the window apertures and door hole had been cut so I could get the sheep’s wool insulation in for the roof, walls and, later, the floor. I worked out a method to put the roof wool in the gap between the roof and the 4mm plywood; the wool went up and I cut and fixed pieces of thick dowel lengths to act as support across the gaps between the roof timbers. The plywood then went up width ways, which meant I had a rigid surface to run tongue and groove along the length of the hut. This was challenging process but we got there!

Once the roof was done, I focused on the interior walls — insulation and then tongue and groove cladding. By this time, we had sourced a man local who restored old steam engines and he fitted all the exterior tin in 2 days! He was brilliant and the finished quality on cuts was better than I would have achieved (also less stress).

Paint work went well with the help of light evenings. The windows and door went in and then I looked at the floor. In the end, we paid £500 for an oak floor from a reclaim yard and I fitted that over a couple of days. We went for old style nails and it was straightforward to fit.

Finally, at Christmas, we installed a log burner with a local firm fitting. The hut has now been “finished” by Dionne and is a brilliant and lovely space to be in.

How pleased are you with the final result?

An amazing space. Lots of friends come round and ask us how we managed it! I really enjoyed the whole process from start to finish. Definitely within anyone’s capabilities, if you have a “can–do” mentality! It’s being used as a bedroom but mostly used weekly as a therapy room for Dionne.

So, there you have it! Should you want to know more about Dionne and her therapy business just visit her Facebook Page to find out more — and maybe treat yourself!