English Shepherd's Huts LLC

FAQ's

Question:

Why do you use a metal frame vs. wood?

A: There are a number of factors involved but using metal vs. wood is the primary component that sets our huts apart from those built in England. Metal construction allows for uniform precision with minimum tolerances that simply can’t be achieved using wood. Thickness of wood fluctuates–metal is consistent. Wood is affected by moisture and warps–metal doesn’t. Wood cracks and deteriorates–metal doesn’t. Plus, the durability and longevity of metal surpasses wood in most weather situations.

Question:

Do I need building permit?

A: No. Since the huts are on wheels, they are therefore considered temporary and mobile. Permits are not normally required. However, if you wish to place one in a restricted area protected by CC&R’s it’s advisable to check with your Neighborhood Association first.

Question:

How high are they?

A: All of our models are 10’8” high to the top of the roof arch. If you require an optional chimney, add 18” to that height.

Question:

How much do they weigh?

A: This depends on final finishes and options that are specific to your hut.
Dry weight is approximately 3,000-3,500 lbs.

Question:

What ground is suitable?

A: Most ground can be easily adapted to be suitable. When considering the positioning of your hut, bear in mind that our standard 18’ hut weighs approximately 3,000-3,500 lbs. They require a firm base beneath the cast iron wheels to prevent them sinking into the ground. Suitable surfaces can be aggregate, concrete slabs, or sleepers (horizontal timbers). If considering placing on gravel or brick pavers it would require a sub-base for firmness.

Question:

How level should the ground be?

A: On a hard surface, since it’s on wheels, the hut needs to be on level ground. 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.

Question:

Where do you deliver?

A: We can deliver anywhere in North America. Please contact us (info@englishshepherdshuts.com) for delivery options and a quote.

Question:

What do I need to do to prepare my property for delivery?

A: We deliver our huts on a 25’ tandem equipment trailer so adequate space is required to get the truck and trailer on and off your property. For offloading from the trailer, a flat surface reasonably close to the hut’s final position is desired. A 4-wheel drive, small tractor or similar equipment can then be used to tow the hut into its final position but keep in mind that the front axles allow a limited amount of steering. Minimum height clearance while on the trailer is 13’ 6”. Gates should be a minimum of 9’ wide.