Not sure why, but December often seems to be the month when we get celebrity orders! With last December's order book being filled out with Shepherds Huts for author Andrew Clover and actress Elizabeth Hurley, we were delighted to receive a last minute order from BBC Radio 4 Presenter and writer Libby Purves.
After a few meetings and a site meeting, it was apparent that we wouldn't be able to actually get a hut into her garden- There simply wasn't enough access! Never the sort to back down, we build our first "flat pack" hut in the workshop, to be carried into Libby's garden piecemeal and assembled in situ.
As the location was a fair distance from our workshop, we booked a holiday cottage and spent the next week building the hut- Our first ever "Boys on tour" week!
This hut was a 16ft Hideaway model with an end-on stable door, complete with a built in double bed, natural oak floor, up-cycled reclaimed timber shelves, an oak desk and a combination of mains and solar electric supply.
Additionally, we supplied it with it's own companion "Bo-Peep Loo"- a matching outhouse with a compact Airhead composting toilet. This featured a similar curved roof, with a painted interior and stained glass window.
"I wanted to work with a local company who I could talk into the barmy exercise of building my hut on site, even with the narrow entrance to my garden. The design process was brilliantly friendly and flexible, with Craig seeming rather pleased at the idea of ship-in-a-bottle assembly, not to mention a week with his team in a holiday cottage nearby. The team were very helpful and professional, even washing up their coffee mugs and the finished hut is beautiful. I’m looking forward to my first night out there listening for owls."
Chief Combobulator Wong. While the rest of the team gallivant and build Shepherds Huts, I sit here and combobulate.