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Build a Beach Hut for Your Garden

Build a Beach Hut for Your Garden

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Build a Beach Hut for Your Garden

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Dec 13, 2014


A beach hut in your garden!

The brightly-painted British beach hut is as essential to the British coast as sandcastles, deckchairs, flimsy windbreaks and ice cream. In recent years the growing nostalgia for these popular little buildings has made them rocket in price.

But if you have the space in your garden, there's is little to stop you from building one yourself. These attractive extensions to your living space can be used as a workshop, study, office, changing room (if you have a pool—and even if you don't).
In fact, there are even commercial uses such as entry kiosk, site office, snack bar, storage, shop ... and many more possibilities. And they are so much more delightful to look at than a plain old garden shed, and are generally sturdier.

This little book includes a plan for a typical promenade design of approx. 12 feet long and eight feet wide, with pitched roof and covered veranda. The design uses strong methods of construction and can be tailored to suit your own sizes.

With cutting and materials lists, suggested tools and over 100 illustrations, this is a must-have for anyone who fancies a touch of the seaside at home.

Dec 13, 2014

À propos de l'auteur

CHARLIE MINTON (nicknamed "Chippy" by his friends) has spent many years in woodworking, DIY and hardware. His father, and his father before him, were master joiners. Working from a converted garage containing a large collection of woodworking gadgets and machinery, he has made wooden toys and reproduction antique furniture commercially. He lists his hobbies as reading woodworking magazines and worrying about his growing pile of offcuts that he can't bear to throw away.

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Copyright © 2014 by Charlie Minton

Illustrations © 2014 Charlie Minton


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What this book is about

Tools Required

Chapter 1 – What is it about beach huts?

Chapter 2 – Sizing up

Chapter 3 – Preparing the ground

Chapter 4 – Making the floor

Chapter 5 – Making the walls

Rear wall

Side walls

Front wall

Chapter 6 – Putting the walls together

Chapter 7 – Roof frame

Chapter 8 – Roofing panels

Chapter 9 – Felting the roof

Chapter 10 – Veranda

Chapter 11 – Cladding

Chapter 12 – Gables

Chapter 13 – Veranda railing

Chapter 14 – Doors

Chapter 15 – Rear window

Chapter 16 – Finishing off

Cutting list


Glossary of technical terms

Also from Old Barsey Press

About the author

Your Help

This book has been read and re-read and checked over many times, but my work in publishing (especially for other people) has taught me that mistakes and typos are pesky little critters that will sneak into a book through the smallest hole. So if you spot something that doesn't seem right to you, then please drop me a line at



This is the legal stuff. It is an absolute condition of sale that you accept the following terms and conditions:…

Although every effort is made to ensure that the information in this book is accurate and up-to-date the author does not assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, product or process disclosed. Anyone using the information does so at their own risk, and readers should verify information with appropriate authorities before relying on it. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favouring by the author.


Hi-res images from this book can be

opened online by clicking the captions.

What this book is about

First of all let me say that I don't intend this book to be an encyclopaedic reference work on building sheds and other wooden buildings. It's not even intended to be a source of all knowledge about constructing beach huts. Quite simply it describes how I built a beach hut for my family (after over 22 years working in the hardware trade) and passes on some of the required knowledge, tips, advice and warnings of possible pitfalls. In particular I hope it covers some of the techniques and knowledge that I have noticed are absent in some of the websites I have visited over recent years.

It is not intended for professional beach hut builders. But it could be used to help promenade beach hut owners repair their seaside retreats, and it might—you never know—enable someone to build their own for siting by the sea. In this case the cost-savings would be enormous. One of the big costs in having a beach hut made by a specialist is that of transporting it on to a promenade. I have seen them being craned from the backs of lorries and lowered into place. This all costs money, of course. Even if a lorry can get easy access to the spot, the beach hut still needs to be craned, so it's not stretching the imagination too far to see how it is possible to build the frames for the floor and walls at home, make the roofing timbers, dismantle and then transport them to the site and complete there in true DIY style.

Wherever you want to build a beach hut, the notes in this book should enable you to do just that.

These instructions will show you how to build a hut that measures 8 x 12 feet in the style of those found at the seaside. By style I mean the wider version, with double doors and a covered veranda, and not the simple design with a single door that is more akin to a standard garden shed (but which can still look quite jolly in its brightly-coloured paint).

Maybe the 8 x 12-foot size isn't right for you, in which case you can modify the plan to suit your desired size. It's quite simple once you have the floor built up to make the wall sections to fit. The joints and construction methods are the same.

Where woodworking is concerned there are countless schools of thought about how certain jobs should be done, which methods and techniques are the strongest, which ones work and which are doomed to failure; it's the same in any trade or profession. What I'm saying here is that the methods and the design in this book worked for me.

Some of the instructions may seem obvious, even repetitive, but that is intentional in order to cater for the widest readership. Just take from the book whatever you need, skipping parts of it if you feel you have to.

Skill level

And while we're taking about competence, let me give some guidance as to skill level when tackling a fairly large project such as building your own beach hut.

The builder needs to have some woodworking tools or at least have access to some. A list of recommended tools is included.

Skills in accurate measuring, marking out and the ability to cut straight are essential. This book isn't meant to provide instruction in woodworking; it would be a massive book if it did, but if there is something of relevance to the project that you feel is missing please let me know so that I can include in a later edition.

If you follow this book you should end up with a traditional-looking beach hut of the following specs:

12 feet* from front to back

8 feet* wide

gable roof

small window on the rear wall

double doors, part-glazed

covered 3 foot* veranda** with wraparound railing

ventilation (covered at the end in Finishing off).

* Sizes quoted in imperial feet will actually be slightly less when using timber that is purchased in metric lengths. Why? Because in trying to keep as close as possible to the old foot measurements, instead of using 305mm to equal 12 inches (as it should be), some bright spark who was in charge at the time decided to use 300mm, which is approximately 11.75 inches. This means that instead of the equivalent 8-foot length measuring 96 inches,

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