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FAQs

Why should I choose Sussex Huts?

There are a huge range of shepherd’s huts on the market, from basic steel-framed self-build huts to bespoke tailor-made options. How you select your hut maker will depend on your requirements, the time you have available, your needs and your budget.

At Sussex Huts we make the decision making process easy for you, guiding you every step of the way whilst listening carefully to your ideas and requirements. From the size and layout, to the fixtures and fittings, we provide you with the best options to match your needs and taste.

We ensure you are involved in every aspect of the process, from the fun part of the design and features, to the practical aspect of timings and delivery date, we will keep you informed and collaborate with you throughout, in order to achieve your dream shepherd hut.

Sussex Huts has a reputation for quality, and this is one of the key reasons our customers choose us. With a wide range of high-spec features as standard, a semi-seasoned oak chassis and cast iron wheels, once you step inside a Sussex shepherd hut you will understand why we are the preferred supplier for so many across Sussex and beyond.

What sizes do your shepherd’s huts come in?

Our shepherd’s huts come in three sizes:

12ft x 7ft     /     3.65m x 2.13m

14ft x 7ft     /     4.27m x 2.13m

16ft x 7ft     /     4.88m x 2.13m

How long do your huts take to make?

Our huts take between 6 – 12 weeks to make depending on size and specifications.

The exterior of your huts are clad with corrugated tin or timber tongue and groove. What is the difference?

One of the main advantages of corrugated tin is that it needs very little maintenance, whilst the timber cladding needs to be re-painted every 6 – 8 years to preserve the timber. Many people feel that timber gives a more natural look and feel, and whilst it is easy to change the colour of your timber clad hut this can be significantly more difficult with the corrugated option. There is no difference in cost and the choice here is really down to personal preference.

Can the shepherd’s hut have a loo, shower, bathroom? Is there an option to include a kitchen?

Yes. If you have mains services on your land (water, electricity, foul drainage) you can have a mains connected flushing loo, basin and shower, electric oven and hob installed, sink, fridge, lighting and a number of plug sockets. If you do not have mains services we can use an off-grid option which includes a composting loo, gas water heater for basin, sink and shower and solar-powered lighting and USB charging points. Sussex Huts interiors gallery.

Are your materials sourced in the UK?

Nearly all of our materials are sources from local suppliers in the Sussex area, and where we are unable to source from Sussex we ensure the supplier is from the UK. As a small business based in Sussex we are conscious of supporting other small local businesses and ensuring our huts are built from the highest quality materials, manufactured in the UK. Our cast iron wheels are made by a traditional foundry and we offer the option of upgrading your windows and stable doors to oak, which is produced locally to the workshop.

For the interior we use colours from British paint manufacturers Farrow and Ball and for the exterior colours can be selected from Sadolin’s superdec range. Check all our specifications that come as standard.

How do you insulate the huts?

All of our huts are fully insulated. The roof, walls and floor are insulated to ensure all year-round use, using BBA approved materials. Our customers are surprised at how warm our huts are in winter, making them a space in which you can sleep, enjoy and return to even on the darkest of winter nights come hail, rain or snow. The specific insulation we use retains heat during the winter and reflects heat in the summer, and also acts an effective vapour barrier. It is flexible, durable and free from irritants.

What safety standards do you use?

We use qualified electricians who are NIC EIC approved to install our electrics so we can supply you with a certificate.

Our wood burners are made in the UK and we install them with a fire-retardant cement based back board in order to protect the interior wood panelling from combustion. We put a floor vent directly underneath the stove and provide all huts fitted with stoves with a carbon monoxide detector as standard.

How do you deliver the huts? What are the costs involved?

We can deliver to anywhere in the UK, and even further afield! Our huts are delivered by our own team using specific trailers that allow us to transport your hut safely. When you order your hut we will discuss the position of the hut and any delivery challenges, making a site visit and creating a delivery plan that you are happy with. We will remain on site until you are completely happy with the position of your hut.

There is a charge for delivery but we keep this at direct cost price.

What base should we provide for the hut to sit on?

If you intend for your shepherd’s hut to be sited on grass this is taken care of by Sussex Huts. We provide a section of railway sleeper dug into the ground, flush with the grass to spread the weight, that we will lay when we deliver your hut. If you would prefer your hut to be sited on a hard-standing surface you can use concrete slabs or stone, and we will discuss this with you during the site visit.

Can you move the hut once we have installed it?

The best time to move your shepherd’s hut is in summer when the ground is dry. All of our huts come with a draw bar and the wheels turn completely underneath the body of the hut making it possible to reposition the hut across a paddock, field or your garden. You will need a 4 x 4 vehicle or tractor, hitch the hut to your vehicle and tow it into position.

If you move house or would like to reposition your shepherd’s hut we will be happy to offer assistance, advice and a suitable vehicle.

Your images show beautifully curved rafters in the interior. Can you tell me more about this and the rest of the interior?

The curved softwood rafters that are a key feature in all of our shepherd’s huts are cut, shaped and finished with an ovolo detail. There will be between 4 and 6 rafters in your hut, depending on the length of hut you choose. The rest of the interior is clad with tongue and groove match boarding, to be painted in a Farrow and Ball colour of your choice. An oak floor throughout, two double glazed softwood windows and a hardwood stable door all come as standard and are included in our pricing.

We can provide options and ideas for your interior should you so wish, equally, we can supply whatever you are looking for if you already have an idea of what you want.

Do we need planning permission?

Where a shepherd hut is purchased for private use and placed on the owner’s land planning permission is generally not required. For this reason many of our customers choose a shepherd hut over the upheaval of adding an extension onto their home, or when they have sought permission for an extension and been declined. Typically, a shepherd hut will not require planning permission because it is classified as a mobile structure.

If you wish to use your hut as a guest room, study or office, play room or one of the many other uses and do not intend for the hut to be slept in all year round, and are not using it for commercial purposes such as renting the hut out, it is highly unlikely you will need planning permission. However, we recommend that you always check with your local planning department first. Restrictions may apply if you live in a listed building, a conservation area or an area owned by the National Trust.

For peace of mind you can apply for a ‘Lawful Development Certificate’ which will certify that your shepherd hut does not require planning permission under the eyes of the law. It is not compulsory to have an LDC but there may be times when you need one to confirm that the use, operation or activity named in it is lawful for planning control purposes.

When should I apply for planning permission?

If you are at all unsure then it would be wise to check with your local planning authority. They should be able and willing to advise you whether you need to make a formal application. For more information about planning permission and to access contact details for your local planning office visit: planningportal.co.uk.

I’ve decided I want to order a shepherd’s hut from you. What happens next?

If you are interested in ordering a shepherd’s hut from Sussex Huts we will arrange a face-to-face meeting at your home or at our workshop to discuss your ideas and requirements. Once we have a clear understanding of your thoughts we will then send you a detailed proposal with your individual specifications and a drawing of the internal layout, along with a quote. Once you have decided you wish to proceed we ask for a 10% deposit to confirm your order and at this time we will provide you with a delivery date.

Can we stay in one of your huts before we buy one?

Yes, you can arrange to stay in one of our huts by visiting Lovelace Farm Shepherd’s Huts.

We can also take you to visit one of our many huts in and around Sussex. We recommend that you experience our work first-hand in order to gain a feel for the quality and workmanship that is unique to Sussex Huts.

Why do people choose a shepherd’s hut over an extension to their property?

There are many advantages with a shepherd hut. It offers you the option of adding additional space easily, with a great deal of flexibility. You may change the position of the hut, and it also moves with you when you move house. A shepherd’s hut also provides you with additional space without the disruption from builders. Most shepherd hut installations do not need planning permission which means that you save a lot of time, making the period from selection through to installation around 8 weeks.

Why should I buy a shepherd’s hut rather than a yurt or bell tent for my own use or as a glamping business?

A shepherd’s hut has greater longevity than a yurt or tent and can be used all year round, unlike a yurt or ten that needs to be dismantled in winter.  Our roof insulation means that rain on the roof will hardly be noticeable, rather than something which will keep you awake at night.

What if I want to use my hut for business?

If you’re looking to use a hut for commercial or rental purposes (a small business, holiday accommodation, etc.), you will have to inform authorities by applying for “change of use” for the land and you will have to apply for the relevant permissions for the type of business you are developing. This is an extensive topic and one that could require professional advice.