The main purpose of building the cabin was to have a structure that was purely a retreat for relaxation. Its cosy size (1.5m x 2.65m) fits minimal furniture to facilitate reading, eating or writing.
I sketched some ideas and then made a cardboard model to scale so I could play around with where to put the windows and doors to fit best with the footprint restrictions.
There were slim pickings saving slabs from landfill, for the shed base, over winter, but finally things started to come together mid January. Levelling the ground and laying the shed base in minus temperatures and snow was not fun!
Finally onto the build….The timber framing and feather edge boards were bought new and then painted prior to construction. Nonetheless I wanted to use recycled materials as much as possible The base frame was made from recycled wood and the solid wood floor was largely constructed from redundant wood from airport cargo which was sanded and then waxed. The windows are reclaimed secondary glazing which my late father had kept stored for many years. Each panel was bespoke, constructing framing to fit around the windows. The doors came from my other shed that I had repurposed. The OSB sheets used on the roof were also free. It was firstly covered in house wrap breather membrane and then damp proof membrane to make it waterproof.
To make it cosier inside, the walls and ceiling are covered in bubble insulation foil. The walls were then further covered in house wrap breather membrane, leftover from a house extension, which I then painted to give it an almost canvas look. And as it’s not airtight it rustles in the wind. Perfect place for a snooze.