Rob and Victoria were familiar with our work as they had commissioned beds, coffee tables, benches, stools, doors, gates and accessories from Trunk Reclaimed for their fabulous Yurts and Tipis. When they asked if we could make them a shepherds hut in a similar vein; rustic, natural and beautiful we, of course, said yes ! Many discussions followed at both HQs, much tea and cake was consumed and the upshot was that Rob and Victoria gave us a brief, lots of free reign, and we got on with it!
They wanted a simple hut with a huge welcoming bed (they had already purchased the deepest mattress known to man!), gorgeous woodburning stove, fold down table and kitchen area. After a busy day exploring the Northumberland National Park their guests would be able to relax in comfort with the ability to cook supper, relax,and enjoy the tranquility and those amazing 360 views.
Internally the reclaimed pine walls and ceiling were painted in a gentle Farrow and Ball cream, the roof beams were left as exposed pine and waxed, the oak floor was oiled with Danish oil. The bed was made full width using pitch pine from a church alter as a frame with room for a huge pull out storage crate, which could even be used as a childs bed, (or lambing crate!).
A reclaimed pine unit with hardwood work top (reclaimed from the old Pyrex factory in Sunderland) was designed as the kitchen area, the tiles behind the stove were reclaimed Victorian fireplace tiles and the bench came from a local village hall. We also fitted a couple of reclaimed pine coat hooks, peg racks and candle holders.
Victoria then dressed the hut with sumptuous bedding and cushions, hand made crockery, candles and bunting, simple, tasteful, vintage, beautiful.
What made the hut truly special was the reclaimed redwood flooring we used to clad the external of the hut. Remains of years of painting and repainting were visible in a myriad of colours which blended amazingly well with the intensity of natural colours at the hideaway site. We carefully selected and worked on the wood revealing some of its history and a lot of character..and were very pleased with the overall effect. We also used this wood for internal shutters and the under bed crate to create a nice contrast with the painted walls.
When the day came to deliver the hut it rained, it hailed and it snowed (lots) but unperturbed and with pioneering spirit we made it to the site where the hut sits today, in its own meadow under a lonesome pine, perfect.