Dan originally contacted us having read the article about David Cameron buying one of our shepherd’s huts. However, he was quick to point out that the story only alerted him to the fact that a shepherd’s hut could be the answer to his home office dilemma.
Dan had been considering various options as an office space. He didn’t fancy being in a serviced office away from home, and an extension was out due to cost, mess and planning requirements. A pod or standard garden room were either too small or not constructed to a high enough standard. He wanted a real home from home. He looked around at other shepherd’s hut makers but settled on Red Sky as he hadn’t seen anything anywhere as nice, even though at that time there was a long waiting list. He said he’d chosen us as he loved the look of our website, the interior design, and the finish on our huts. He said he could see that we would manage his project all the way through and work with him to get exactly what he was looking for.
I asked Dan how he felt on the day his hut arrived. “Over the moon!” He replied. “Also, slightly nervous as it was being winched over the wall, but I was out there, taking loads of photos – it was great, and so worth the wait.’’
“How do you feel about the hut now?” I asked him. “Oh, it’s changed my life!” He replied. “Wow” I said. “Working in the house just had too many distractions. Because we have young kids it was a very stop start affair, including lots of tea and biscuit breaks. Now when I go out of the house I am going to work. Work feels like work – in the best possible way of course. I get so much more done, but I am only 10 yards away if anyone really needs me.”
Dan is a photographer and film maker, he uses his hut to plan his shoots and has an edit suite set up so he can create all of his magic in the hut, apart from the film shoots of course.
He’s made a fantastic job of styling his hut. The history and cosy style of our shepherd’s huts lend themselves very well to a rustic or shabby chic style, which we love of course. However, Dan has really changed it up and gone for a 1980’s boy’s room (his words) and it looks amazing!
Dan has made the most of his new office by installing a desk at one end under a window that looks out across the beautiful valley, perfect for staring into space and coming up with new creative ideas. Another interesting design feature was to have a bunk bed, but only the top bunk, for friends to stay over - and underneath is enough space for a cool vintage armchair and a coffee table. A very clever use of space.
Thanks Dan, for having a chat with us and sharing your wonderful story. To see Dan’s work, visit www.luckyfive.com