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The Student Space

Case Study : The Student Space

We were approached by Imogen, a local business owner, whose daughter was in her final year of school and about to embark upon studying medicine at university. The need for her daughter to have her own private domain, in which to study and relax, separate from the hive of activity in the main house, had been apparent for a while. The idea of using a shepherd’s hut as both a bedroom and private study space arose when their neighbours had one installed in their own garden;

“The neighbours had all the brochures, so we looked through them and then met Joe. And well, once you’ve met Joe and seen his work, there is no reason to go with anyone else.”

The requirement included a separate bathroom – loo, sink, and shower. A double bed, shelving and a spacious study area were also part of the brief;

“We wanted something high-end, to feel like a real home, not a summer house. We wanted it to be somewhere you would want to sleep in winter as well as summer. As it turns out the hut is better insulated than my own home!”

We worked closely with Imogen on the design of the hut, the fixtures and fittings, and even spent time debating the pros and cons of various different external shades of colour.

The end result was a beautiful hut, a perfect place for a teenager to escape, whilst still being a part of the family and involved in the activities of the main house. Imogen’s daughter has really made the space her own and is able to enjoy it all year-round when she comes home during the holidays. Suffice to say the shepherd’s hut performs its dual role of study space and place to chill-out in equal measure and with much style. Find more images in our Student Space Gallery.


Do you have a son or daughter craving a space of their own? A Sussex Shepherd’s Hut could be the answer, so have a chat with us about your perfect shepherd’s hut today.

More Case Studies

Case Study : The Model Workshop
A shepherd’s hut that serves as a model-making room, a den for the grandchildren, a tennis pavilion and a general all-round man-cave.

Case Study : The Rural Guest Retreat
Sited at the edge of a meadow, surrounded by woodland, there could be no position more perfect for a shepherd’s hut of this style.