Tiny Houses

A contemporary take on the old-fashioned shepherd's hut

As standard, all Contemporary Shepherd Huts' models are based on a steel chassis, with cast iron wheels and draw bar
As standard, all Contemporary Shepherd Huts' models are based on a steel chassis, with cast iron wheels and draw bar
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English tiny house firm Contemporary Shepherd Huts recently completed an updated take on the shepherd hut
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English tiny house firm Contemporary Shepherd Huts recently completed an updated take on the shepherd hut
As standard, all Contemporary Shepherd Huts' models are based on a steel chassis, with cast-iron wheels and draw bar
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As standard, all Contemporary Shepherd Huts' models are based on a steel chassis, with cast-iron wheels and draw bar
The exterior is clad in corrugated steel
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The exterior is clad in corrugated steel
The floor is decked in reclaimed pine
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The floor is decked in reclaimed pine
Access is gained via one large door
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Access is gained via one large door
Double-glazed windows, foam and glass wool insulation help keep the chill at bay
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Double-glazed windows, foam and glass wool insulation help keep the chill at bay
Inside, the cabin features a very plush looking modern bathroom with patterned zinc shower cubicle, toilet, and sink
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Inside, the cabin features a very plush looking modern bathroom with patterned zinc shower cubicle, toilet, and sink
The bathroom is accessed via a rusted door
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The bathroom is accessed via a rusted door
"Designing and making small spaces is my passion, I like working within the constraints of limited space," says Contemporary Shepherd Huts boss Thomas Alabaster
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"Designing and making small spaces is my passion, I like working within the constraints of limited space," says Contemporary Shepherd Huts boss Thomas Alabaster
Constructing the shepherd hut
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Constructing the shepherd hut
Constructing the shepherd hut
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Constructing the shepherd hut
Constructing the shepherd hut
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Constructing the shepherd hut
Detail shot of the exterior of the tiny home
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Detail shot of the exterior of the tiny home
Detail shot of the exterior of the tiny home
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Detail shot of the exterior of the tiny home
Detail shot of the exterior of the tiny home
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Detail shot of the exterior of the tiny home
The interior is tastefully furnished
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The interior is tastefully furnished
Towing the shepherd hut
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Towing the shepherd hut
Contemporary Shepherd Huts prices typically start at £10,000 (US$14,156)
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Contemporary Shepherd Huts prices typically start at £10,000 (US$14,156)
As standard, all Contemporary Shepherd Huts' models are based on a steel chassis, with cast iron wheels and draw bar
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As standard, all Contemporary Shepherd Huts' models are based on a steel chassis, with cast iron wheels and draw bar
The skylight should offer plenty of natural daylight and the slats ensure it doesn't turn into a greenhouse
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The skylight should offer plenty of natural daylight and the slats ensure it doesn't turn into a greenhouse
The shepherd's hut is accessed via small steps
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The shepherd's hut is accessed via small steps

English firm Contemporary Shepherd Huts recently completed its latest tiny house. The unnamed dwelling boasts all the rustic charm of the old-fashioned shepherd's hut, but adds some modern touches, including a generous skylight, kitchen, and bathroom with shower.

Shepherd's huts were traditionally used as a convenient way to get some shut-eye after a long day's work on the field, but with the advent of modern farming practices, they're obsolete. They do still make an attractive basis for a tiny house, however – as shown by Canadian firm Güte.

Contemporary Shepherd Huts makes units to order that can be used as an additional bedroom, office or, like the model pictured, a fully-fledged tiny house. Each is based on a steel chassis and sports cast iron wheels and draw bar. The floor is decked in reclaimed pine and the exterior is clad in corrugated steel. Double-glazed windows, foam and glass wool insulation keep the chill at bay.

The model pictured is topped by a long skylight that runs the length of the home, offering ample natural daylight. The skylight design is quite intricate and includes shading slats to ensure the interior doesn't become too hot in summer.

English tiny house firm Contemporary Shepherd Huts recently completed an updated take on the shepherd hut
English tiny house firm Contemporary Shepherd Huts recently completed an updated take on the shepherd hut

On the interior, the dwelling features a plush modern bathroom, accessed via a rusted pocket (sliding) door, with patterned zinc shower cubicle, toilet, and sink. The kitchen area features two hobs, a fridge freezer, and sink, while elsewhere in the small home lies a dining area and a bedroom. There's also a small veranda space at the front of the home.

"Designing and making small spaces is my passion, I like working within the constraints of limited space," says Contemporary Shepherd Huts boss Thomas Alabaster. "It is a challenge and one that forces you to be very considered in your choices, which often creates the unique character of a place. The spaces I design are tailor made for my clients, so that the building reflects its surroundings and the people who use it."

We've reached out to confirm the price and availability of the shepherd's hut pictured, but Contemporary Shepherd Huts typically start at £10,000 (US$14,156).

Source: Contemporary Shepherd Huts via Treehugger

3 comments
3niti
great design! i will build sthg similar but i will use coated sheet metal or steel for exterior
Len Simpson
a "shepherds hut" served shepherds as they tended their flocks , far from farms & other forms of civilization. Shipping containers would adapt very well to this architect's POV
ravensnest
I would love to see this design adapted to a beach hut. Lose the bedroom, paint in black bitumen similar to rope and fishing huts, fit outside shutters over windows - perfect. And it would sit more comfortably on the sea shore than the bright, multi-coloured huts so often seen in seaside towns. I notice the Eastbourne beach hut competition also stiplated a £10,000 price tag.