Project: Shepherds' hut demolition and re-build
Nestled in the wilds of the beautiful New Forest National Park, husband and wife Cheryl and Ciaran Maher opened their home to bed and breakfast guests after their two children Alan and Kelly went to university.
However, Kelly, having struggled with illness for the past eight years, was recently diagnosed with Chronic Lyme disease. Having undergone intense treatment for three months in Brussels, she needed complete rest when she returned Recuperating in a busy B&B was not an option.
So, Cheryl and Ciaran decided to demolish the tiny old shepherds' hut in the garden and build an amazing two bed structure in its place – a haven for Kelly and Alan to stay in when they come home.
They chose local award-winning architect Wendy Perring to design their new space.
Perring needed to use all of her imagination and talent to meet the brief for the build. The footprint for the new home was not big, but the Mehers wanted to squeeze a lot in.
With an original budget of £100,000, Wendy came up with a stunning design that mirrored the old agricultural feel of the shepherds' hut, using corrugated material and wooden cladding on the outside and also, with clever space-saving features like sliding doors and mezzanine floors, managed to fit in two bedrooms complete with en-suites and a stunning family area for the Mahers to relax in.