Blackdown® Shepherd Huts ~ Quality, Beauty, Value

Every component of a Blackdown® Shepherd Hut has been thoughtfully considered for its beauty, durability, and environmental sustainability. Each shepherd hut is a custom, hand-crafted work of art, as individual and unique as the owner, and truly one-of-a-kind.

Our custom huts arrive to your door fully built and turn-key ready. We offer four sizes, ranging from 12 to 18 feet long. All of our huts are 7-1/2 feet wide (outside dimensions).

The very essence of our company is quality. Nowhere is this more visible than when it comes to the materials we use. Our beautifully crafted solid oak chassis is fitted with cast iron wheels, which are hard-wearing and durable enough to last hundreds of years. The interior layout can be personalized and designed uniquely for you. Kitchens and bathrooms aren’t a problem, as our qualified electricians and plumbers work with us to ensure the installation meets your needs.

Your options are endless, with the only limit being your imagination. We can deliver anywhere in North America and can assist you with choosing a location for delivery and installation. Why not call us or drop in for a free no obligation chat? We’ll provide the English tea and biscuits, you provide the ideas! We’d love to create a stunning shepherd hut hideaway to suit your precise requirements using traditional, time-honored materials.

Below is a list of the custom shepherd hut components to truly make your hut exceptional and personalized.

Chassis: Beautifully designed oak beams are shaped, sanded and oiled before being secured to our handcrafted signature stub axles. The turn tables and wheels are cast in an English foundry using classical techniques. All the metal work is coated with a highly durable black finish. To prove the pedigree of your hut, “Blackdown” is embossed on the wheel casting, and then brushed out in gold.

Plaques: Each finished hut arrives with two brass plaques. The first features an assigned serial number, making it as individual as the client who commissioned it. The second has the year of manufacture along with our logo. The plaques serve as a guarantee to the provenance of your hut as an heirloom and investment for the future.

Base: The base is constructed using a 3×3 inch framing, secured together with flush industrial strength screws. The underside is fitted with a sturdy half-inch ply lining coated in a water resistant black finish.

Stud walls: Each of the four walls consists of a 2×3 inch stud framing firmly fastened together.

Roof: The roof consists of 2×3 inch curved rafters constructed from glued cross grained veneers, giving a light, durable and strong structure that is resistant to cracking, shrinking, splitting and twisting or warping. On top of the rafters, we use 0.7 mm first grade galvanized corrugated steel sheets with a highly durable Black PVC plastisol coating to improve durability.

Fascia and bargeboard: Another signature element of a Blackdown® Shepherd Hut is a solid wood fascia and barge board, both of which are scribed to the roof sheets around the entire hut to create continuity and a more refined finish. These are painted in coordinating eco-friendly Farrow and Ball colors.

Windows and doors: We offer a beautiful selection of windows and doors to provide you with options, each finished to perfection according to your specification. Please contact us for a full list of window and door details, including sizes, styles, materials and prices.

Waterproofing: We seal the hut using a breathable waterproof membrane that covers the walls and roof prior to the installation of the siding and roof, to ensure moisture does not penetrate the structure.

Insulation: We use two-inch thick eco-friendly, toxic-free Thermafleece® sheep’s wool insulation to fill the floor, walls and roof. This keeps your hut warm and cozy, and ensuring year-round use.

Exterior siding: Our huts are protected with cedar bevel-edge siding, which is virtually maintenance free and weathers naturally to a beautiful gray patina.

Interior walls: The interior is finished with painted 1×6 pine boarding​. We offer a ​fine ​range of paint options, including​ ​​low​​ and zero ​VOC paint​ formulas​in a choice of Farrow and Ball colors​. And for an authentic vintage look, Milk Paint products that are chemically safe,​​ ​historic paints.

Flooring: Our floors are constructed using 3/4 inch ​oak flooring, which is laid in random widths to create a harmonious design. The floor are then sanded and finished with an eco-friendly sealant.

Interior design: To individualize your hut, we will guide you through the design process. The color scheme is designed by you, and we’re here to help every step of the way. It’s a wonderful opportunity to personalize your hut.

Electrical: This is something that you wouldn’t have found in the original shepherd huts! For our basic package, we provide two double sockets; a 20 GFI controlled external socket for 110V plug in. For the lighting, we include charming Retro light switches on oak bases (you’re going to love these!), two interior Victorian wall sconces, and one exterior country forge outdoor wall lantern. Additional upgrades and lights are optional. All of our custom hut lighting designs are supplied with LED bulbs.

Oak steps: As an exceptionally beautiful addition to any Shepherd Hut, three-inch oak beams are carefully sawn and sanded to create a more elegant entrance to your hut. We use traditional keyed mortise and tenon joinery at either end of the three steps and finish them in Danish oil to enhance the color of the wood.

Optional Extras

Fireplace: To keep you warm and toasty, we offer a few fireplace options: the Newport Propane Fireplace P-9000, the Horse Flame Shetland Wood Burning Stove. Both include a slate hearth trimmed in oak, heat deflection plate, twin wall flue system and, for your peace of mind, a carbon monoxide detector..

Bed: Our unique “easy slide” bed system allows a double-size futon to fold back into a sofa with minimal effort.

WC Suite: Included in the WC suite is a space saving toilet with concealed cistern, a compact basin with single lever faucet, a towel bar, and one-piece gel coated fiberglass shower with bi-folding shower door.

Kitchen: For those wishing to enjoy the practicalities of daily life within their hut we include a maple butcher block countertop, sink, electric 2-burner cooktop, beautifully integrated into custom handcrafted cabinetry for added storage. Our integrated refrigerator is a beautiful available option for added convenience.

Hot water:  Electric or gas boilers can be installed to heat water, transforming your hut into a home away from home.

Off-the-grid solutions: At Blackdown® we are ready and eager to help you design your own low impact environmentally friendly hut. For more information on solar-powered systems or composting toilets please do not hesitate to call on us.

Fold-down oak desk: Our solid oak desks are custom made to your exact specifications. They have easy-to-operate gate leg hinges which allow the desk to fold back flush to the wall when not in use.

Windows & Doors:  We offer an assortment of window and door options, handcrafted from Idigbo hardwood, painted with Farrow & Ball colors, and fitted with attractive hand-forged hardware. AA stable door with small picture window; a 16-pane double French door (great for inviting more natural light into your hut); an 8-pane double casement window; a portrait single casement window; and a landscape single casement window.

Custom Vintage Lighting: We are pleased to also offer a beautiful selection of locally sourced refurbished vintage light fixtures.

The possibilities are endless. We are here to answer any of your design questions and assist you whenever and wherever possible. Contact us today for more information.

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