Friday, December 12, 2008

Cabana Village Flat Pack Huts / garden house / beautiful sheds / cabins


These two from:

This one from another post, also from the lovely

Take a look at the new sheds / huts / cabins I think I might start building in Gautemala. I could build this in a home-based factory and sell them, and put them up on my lots and sell them that way too. I will always put a small stained glass window somewhere in the hut with my name on it so people remember where they came from. I could do the gardens and walkways and hot tubs and all the rest as well, or just sell the shed / hut kit. I think I really might have finally found the answer to "how do I build houses with only $10,000?" !!!

There's also this thing called "flat pack" furniture, huts etc. that means it's all built flat and can easily be shipped. I really think this could be a viable income producing business that ties int with the school I wanted to do, as well. All I would need is a carpenter and a helper, and a gardener. Most laborers get 50 cents an hour, experienced get $1.00 and good carpenters can get double, up to $2.00 per hour. I can afford that. Et voila!

My favorite so far: Cabana Village, backyard cabin kits and cottage bunkies:

Great site with lots of reader photos and ideas:

Shedworkers U.K.:

Winner of Shed of the Year*: and

IKEA flat-pack homes (ugly, but good idea):

Flat Pack Furniture:

$1500 flat pack house - Boing Boing
20 posts - 19 authors - Last post: May 26
Even if it's only an "architect-designed" quonset hut? ... A Hexayurt is also " flat-pack." It can be constructed in a few hours with just a ... (Note: not the most attractive, but an attractive price and maybe I can alter the design... the price is definitely right!)

Will wonders never cease?


This one might be for me:

Goring Folly - shed, summerhouse and then some
by (Alex) from Shedworking (other blog) 06-07-2008. Photo above

Goring Folly is Timothy Blewitt's wonderful 4m-tall shedlike building on an ambitious scale, taking in a tower with spiral steps leading down to a natural well, a 'ruined arch' and a two roomed building with loft. The idea was to create a unique building of some architectural interest utilising locally reclaimed materials such as local flint and bricks from demolition work at nearby Worthing Hospital in its construction. The site covers the build in marvellous step-by-step detail including the moments when he was hospitalised by a flint, caught hypothermia, and nearly drowned. Of particular shedworking interest though are the summerhouse and shed. Here's what has to say about them: "Externally the bricks have been laid in patterns and knapped flints in panels. Stone within the walls is both rough and cut. Internally there are two rooms linked by a keyhole doorway. Several carved stone panels reclaimed from a defunct Belgium church decorate the inside and the ecclesiastical feeling is further enhanced by the inclusion of five stained glass windows. The Summerhouse has leaded light French doors and the shed a solid studded door made from scrap wood. The 'studs' are mainly 19th Century hand beaten nails from France." For lots more construction photos [see the site].


A "Live Modern" write up about shed of the year (I didn't really like it that much, but it's octagonal and has some good ideas):

Winner of Shed of the Year 2008
by (Alex) from Shedworking (other blog) 07-08-2008 05:56

There was a huge public response to the competition with more than 3,000 votes for over 900 entries in 12 categories but in a very, very close call the winner is the Rugby Pub owned by Tim from Sudbury, Suffolk. Designed and built by Tim himself, it has eight roof lights, an octagonal roof and double doors. Plus a full bar, three fridges, ceiling fan, running water and sea grass matting floor. And a hammock. But there's no television, no phone and, as Tim puts it, no shortage of liquid refreshment. You can see more pictures and details at and keep checking Shedblog for more updates.

Here are some comments from the judges: "This looks like great fun, and those trapezoidal windows in the roof! Not an easy thing to do, and the builder provided the best description. Great job, I want to have a drink there." - Lloyd Alter, "Like the ceiling fan idea. If I had a shed like this with a bar in it I'd never leave." - Tony (2007 Shed of the Year winner) "Pubs and sheds. It feels like there's a natural link between them, two of the world's greatest building concepts which are far more than the bricks and mortar (or timber and felt) from which they're constructed. As soon as you step inside a great shed, you immediately have a warm and comfortable sensation, and that's exactly how you should feel in a great pub too. Bring the two together and - BINGO! - you've got a very worthy winner indeed." - Alex Johnson from Shedworking Look out for the International Shed of the Year and our photo competition winners later in the week. National Shed Week has been supported this year by Garden Buildings Direct (provider of the grand prize), The Cheese Shed and Make mine a Builders tea.

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