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The Net Hut Shed

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The shed is modelled along the lines of a famous Hastings fishermans net hut - tall, slim, and with added floors. It serves several purposes, acting as an outdoor loo, as well as a tool shed and potting shed, and also as storage for garden furniture in its upper floor. Not only that, it also supports and out-door hot and cold shower, and can be used as a changing room. The rainwater gathered from its roof, stored in the upper galvanised tank alongside, is used to water the plants. Compact, the shed occupies minimal ground space, for the yard it inhabits is small. A minimum amount of space put to maximum use.

Constructed completely from salvaged local materials and boot fair finds, it is made up entirely from recycled materials. The mainframe and weatherboarding is in salvaged groin oak, bought from a farmer (a former reclamation yard owner) who had salvaged the wood from the deconstruction of some beach groins that lay between Hastings and Bexhill. The inside wall boarding is formed from salvaged floorboards. The twin metal window has its original 1950s glass, and is fitted externally with a shutter. The roof is old slate with recycled lead flashing.

Fully plumbed, it has a compact vintage enamel sink, cast iron high mounted cistern, and drainage for a washing machine, if needed. There are bulkhead lights on both levels and a wall- mounted anglepoise work light. The plug sockets and main light switch are original Bakelite fittings. Hand made from recycled materials, right down to the bolts, hinges, hooks, and screws - including the showerhead, which is fashioned from start-to- finish from a beaten-out piece of copper, saved from an old hot water tank. It has been a labour of love. Designed by Alastair Hendy, and constructed in 2011.

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