This tiny prefab hut on wheels comes from the creative minds of the Canadian company Gute. Called Collingwood, the Shepherds hut can be used as a guest house, retreat, or a home office. All of the huts by Gute are mounted on a trailer base, which will allow you to position it (and reposition it) on your site.
The rounded exterior of the Collingwood gives it a distinctively modern appearance, particularly when compared with its predecessor (which we covered in a previous post). The roof and side walls look to be clad with shingles, and the front and back walls look to be finished in a timber board and batten fashion.
The inside of the hut contains pine boards that are used on the floor, side walls and ceiling of the unit. Oak is also used to create the doors, frames and sills. The entry door is a Dutch styled door, with the top opening separately from the bottom section, allowing it to introduce light and fresh air.
The windows feature thermal pane glass, and the entire huts envelope is insulated to help it brave those cold Canadian winters. All the hardware is made of cast iron and has been selected for its hardiness and aesthetic qualities.
The hut is split into three main sections: the dedicated sleeping area with bunk-beds, a living/dining area that can be converted to another sleeping space, and the middle section with storage, a fold-up desk and a gel fireplace.
Gute states that the majority of the Shepherd huts won’t require building permits due to their size being less than 10 square meters (107 square feet). This also means, depending on your location, you might not have to pay extra property fees or taxes. All in all, the Collingwood measures just 7.5-by-15.5 foot (2.3-by-4.7 meters), while still packing quite a lot into such a small space.