Tiny homes aren’t a new thing; in fact, one can partially trace them back to caravans and shepherds’ huts that herders used to live in, while moving their animals from one pasture to another. Based out of Suffolk, England, tiny house maker Thomas Alabaster of Contemporary Shepherd Huts built this modern pastoral beauty, featuring a full-length, light-welcoming skylight.
Alabaster relates how his love of the old sheds as nature’s refuges informs his designs:
“Having grown up in the Suffolk countryside I have always loved English summers, and take real pleasure in feeling connected to my environment, I’ll often sit in the shed at the bottom of the garden, dilapidated and rotting as it is, to read a book and watch the wildlife. Whether its a shed or a bench in a sunny spot, I love to be near nature, and I try to enable this in the small spaces I design, while at the same time working with a client to create their dream hideaway.”
This modern version of the classic shepherd’s huts is insulated and clad in galvanized steel that has been welded together.