Saturday, September 19, 2015

Tiny House and Shepherd's Hut.

What is the difference between the two?  Well, there really is no difference, except in their original intended use.  The shepherd's hut has been around in many European countries, and I suppose other places for centuries.  The idea was to have a place in the this case mobile to move from field to field or to care for lambs born and vulnerable to predators, cold etc., or the mothers before and after lambing.  One might need the shepherd's hut almost anytime that your presence was required in the fields.  Prior to these iron wheeled contraptions, tiny stone, log or timber huts were built in the fields, where the sun would warm the shepherd and give him a place to bed down close to the flock.  In France there are Bergeres.(Did I spell that right?)  Many years ago I stayed at Cité Saint-Pierre (Secours Catholique) in the mountains above Lourdes France. This was a pilgrim's shelter for all ages of Catholic pilgrims.  There, in a high part of the pasture around the site was a simple stone building which was meant to house a shepherd.  Perhaps it was just there to be a symbol of the Good Shepherd aspect of the place.  These tiny cottages are dotted all over sheep country.
Wouldn't this be a nice spot for a Shepherd's hut.  The post was looking a little dull, so I thought I should put something in!  This is my sister's land in Maine.

The shepherd's huts I am discussing were simply tiny cottages on cast iron wheels.  Of course now, even in England, they might put some on modern wheels or a trailer.
A "Tiny House" is simply a shepherd's hut that is meant for full time or long term living.  They can be the same shape and size,  though most "Tiny Houses" tend to be cut up into a warren of rooms for different uses, and a shepherd's hut tends to be mostly one big space.  The "Shepherd's Hut" tends not to have loft space, though there are no rules.

Ordering one of these from the builders in England or here in the states can be expensive, mostly over $25,000.00  judging by what I have seen, for a simple hut, where the more elaborate ones can be upwards of $60,000.00 and tiny houses can be more, as more materials and labor are involved for long term living.
My "Tiny House", I prefer to refer to as a "Shepherd's Hut", mainly because I plan to have it be quite open compared to "Tiny Houses" I have seen.
Of course, it is possible to reallocate space later on as I use the space.  In fact this might be a good idea so you get a feel for what you need, which is often much less than you think.

Except for the Box Bed area and loft, I plan to leave everything open, and all construction movable.  A Welsh cupboard is more practical than built in cabinets for instance.

Thanks Wikipedia for these three photos.

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