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Frequently asked questions:

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Do I need planning permission?

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No. As shepherd huts are on wheels and are therefore considered temporary and mobile, planning permission is not normally required. If, however, you wish to place one in a listed building environment it is advisable to check with your Local Planning Department, though it is interesting to note that the National Trust have several placed within their properties.

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What ground is suitable?

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Most ground can be made suitable but when considering the positioning of your hut, it is wise to bear in mind that our standard 12’6” (3.810m) hut weighs almost 1 ¾ tonnes! They require a firm base beneath the cast iron wheels, to prevent them sinking into the ground. Suitable surfaces can be aggregate, slabs or sleepers. If considering placing on gravel it would require a sub base for firmness. MOT type 1 (available from most Builder’s Merchants) is ideal!

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How level should the ground be?

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The hut will need to be level and a long spirit level would be useful here. If your ground is sloping it is advisable to ‘cut in’ to the higher part of the ground, rather than building up the lower level, otherwise your hut will become too high for easy access.

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Could I build a shepherd hut myself?

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Probably Yes! It is an advantage to have some basic carpentry skills, but don’t worry if you haven’t, as taking your time and common sense, are probably just as useful.

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What tools will I need to build my own hut?

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An electric bench saw and cordless screwdriver / drill take a lot of the effort out of woodcutting and assembly, but we have had many customers who have built huts using just hand tools. Once again, if you’ve got plenty of time, investment in equipment is not essential.

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Are shepherd Hut plans available?

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We are working on producing plans, but these probably won’t be available until the beginning of 2017.

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What size should I build my hut?

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There are no rules and you can build your hut to whatever size you like. However, when thinking of sizing – plan ahead and look at the size of components readily available before you start. Be aware of the size of roof sheets, roof structures, door frames, wheels etc. This will save money, stress and disappointment in the long run. If you are including a shower room, kitchen etc your hut will of course be longer than was traditional. In this scenario, just ensure that you use wheels that are big enough and proportional to the size of your hut, otherwise it will look unbalanced. Whilst your length can vary, the standard width that we build uses an external frame size of 7’2” (2184mm), excluding any boarding or external cladding. Please note that ALL our components are geared to this width and a wall height of 6’5 ½” (1969mm). The reason we build to this size is so that a standard bed can be fitted lengthways across the width of the hut.

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Where do you deliver to?

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For bespoke built huts, we offer a standard delivery service to the whole of the UK. The price for this type of delivery is £150 plus £1 per mile one way only. If you have specialist delivery requirements, or are looking for us to deliver outside the UK please contact us. We can also arrange delivery of our shepherd hut components throughout the UK and beyond. Please see our Ordering / Info page for more information.

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What does 'standard delivery' mean?

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Whether on a rolling chassis or a turntable, standard delivery means we deliver our huts on a trailer and position them with a 4 wheel drive vehicle. For offloading from the trailer, a flat surface reasonably close to the hut’s final position is required. Gateways should be 9’0” (2.743m) wide. As mentioned above, we can offer specialist delivery options, please contact us here.

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