If you saw George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces programme on C4 (episode 5), you will have watched Paula build her landlocked beach hut. You can now buy your very own beach hut and enjoy a little bit of the seaside in your garden. Keops have this very special offer just for you! Don’t forget, we can make any size to order if this one’s not right for you – ask for a quote.
Bostin Betty – as seen on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces
The ‘Betty Beach Hut’
- Northern Scandinavian Pine PEFC certified grade 5 timbers
- Front gable wall – 2200mm wide (but you can go to 2450mm for no extra cost)
- Side walls – 3350mm deep
- 45mm log thickness
- Cottage style steep 42 degree roof
- 1000mm canopy
- Cabin height 3467mm
- Side wall height 2268mm
- Felt roof shingles in a choice of colour, black, brown or green
- 19mm pine tongue & groove ceiling
- 19mm pine tongue & groove floor with 58mm pressure treated bearers*
- 1 x VDE12 half glazed single door with glazing bars
- 1 x VRG double window with glazing bars
- Wooden window shutters
- Comfort grade roof insulation
- Comfort grade floor insulation
- Double glazing upgrade
- Delivery (England & Wales) with forklift truck offload
Our very special price – £3,750 inc. VAT
We also offer a construction service if you’re not that handy at DIY. Ask for a quote.
*Please note, this beach hut does not include the base and wheels or steps as shown in the picture above and on the programme, but it will look just as lovely sat firmly on the ground! We recommend that you site it on a level, stable base, such as a 100mm concrete slab. If you liked the wheels, these were sourced from ebay – search for ‘shepherd’s huts wheels’ or ‘cast iron wheels’, but you will also need to build a suitable chassis.
It also does not include the porch post and railings. Railings and spindles are readily available from most DIY stores. The two taller posts were specially commissioned from a local wood turner.
The beach hut, once built, will need to be treated with recommended products (it is not already preserved as stated on the programme). You will need a coat of Cuprinol clear wood preservative inside and out and then two coats of weather protector. We used Sadolin Superdec opaque – ‘Shamen’ (blue) for the walls, ‘Limestone’ (light blue) for the door & shutters and ‘Whisper Grey’ for the fascia boards and railings.
The woodburner was from Glastonbury Burners, ask for Dave. You must ensure you use HETAS certified insulated flue parts and that you have a suitable hearth and back plate.
If you missed the programme, you can always catch up on 4OD
Don’t forget to watch George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces on Channel 4 at 8pm. Episode 5 features a 1920′s showman’s caravan drunkenly bought on ebay (who hasn’t bid for something after a small sherry!), a WW2 truck that’s now a holiday home and Bostin Betty probably the most landlocked beach hut just south of Birmingham. (I really hope George shows us his caravan’s bath/sofa in action this week too!)
If you’ve been following our blog, then you’ll know that Betty is a Keops Cottage style log cabin that won Readers Shed’s ‘Garden Office of the Year 2012′ – so if you’ve thought about buying a log cabin but needed a little more information then tune in 20th November to watch Paula build her beach hut.
Paula tells us a little more about the new garden office project for Big Holiday House which has reached the finals in the The Shed of the Year 2012 competition.
Visit readersheds.co.uk to view the 8 finalists for Shed of the Year!
Betty in the evening
Paula says, “We run a holiday website so having an office with a holiday beach hut theme just seemed perfect. After finding the large wheels, the project became a possibility, so the next step was to design a chassis and cabin that would not only work well but look great too. The Cottage style log cabin from Keops with its steep 42 degree roof pitch looked proportionally just right for what we wanted. The benefits of working with Keops were that we could choose exactly the measurements we wanted and have it tailor made to fit the chassis. We chose a 2200mm gable by 3350mm eaves depth cabin in 44mm logs with a 1m canopy on the front.
Building was pretty straightforward; once the steel chassis was in place and level, we built a timber frame to sit on top which would support the floor and cabin walls. The cabin part fitted perfectly on top and was accurate to the millimetre. This was easy to construct and progress was quick. It was amazing how quickly the hut part began to take shape. We chose floor insulation which fitted between the wooden framework, with oak floor boards on top. Roof insulation was added on top of the pine roof boards and we chose to upgrade to double glazing in the door and windows.
The steel and timber chassis
Inside and out was given a coat of Cuprinol wood preserver, then outside we treated with a couple of coats of Sadolin Superdec in lovely bright blue ‘Shaman’. Fascias and porch railings were done in ‘Whisper Grey’ and the door and shutters in ‘Limestone’. Inside we’ve painted a just off white, which gives it a lovely light and bright airy feel. You can almost hear the sea! The woodburner is in place but has yet to be fitted – the weather is too warm at the moment to work up the enthusiasm. Inside there is a desk for working, day bed for naps, lovely blinds in deckchair stripes material, a shelf full of china cups and saucers for afternoon tea and a mermaid figurehead on the wall (a must for every bathing machine!) Pics of past relatives enjoying a day out at the seaside add a personal touch.
“The Ride is fun, Hold on!”
The whole experience of designing and building the hut was great fun and I am extremely pleased with how its turned out. We’ve met some great people along the way offering advice and help and I’ve learnt some new DIY skills too. For anyone contemplating having a go at building their own cabin, I’d say go for it! The final part of the project is to find out about solar energy as I don’t want to be trailing cables indefinitely. Will let you know how I get on!
Thanks to everyone who’s voted so far!”
This lovely beach hut has just come on the market for a whopping £126,000. The hut at Mudeford Spit,
Chichester Christchurch boasts fabulous sea views and can only be reached by boat or a very long walk. Measuring 13 feet by 12, it has solar power and a gas cooker and can sleep four for overnight stays.
£126k beach hut
Photo credit Denisons Estate Agents
Room for four…but no toilet!
Alternatively, you could choose a superb ‘Beach Hut’ from Keops and at just £3,085 you’ll still have lots of change from £126k! Ok, so your garden probably won’t have the great sea views but you could always get yourself some play sand and a kids paddling pool. Happy days!
‘The Sanderlings’ cabin from Keops
Thinking of a place in the sun? This ramshackle shed (or beach hut if you have a vivid imagination) is on offer for an eye watering £40,000. Tight on space, no door, leaky roof but in a fantastic location in Southwold.
Well, we can’t guarantee you the sea view or a sandy doorstep, but here at Keops we can offer you a comfortable cabin with all mod cons such as an insulated roof that doesn’t leak like a sieve and a door that fits and opens.
Life’s a beach!
This DIY dream is on offer through Durrants Estate Agents