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Do It Yourself – Hermit House

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Conceptualized as a University project and realized as a hermit house for living in solitude, it is an easy and cost-effective DIY category house built using standard sized plywood.

Do It Yourself - Hermit House

Designers of this DIY house are Dutch deo Daniel Venneman and Mark ven der Net who have put all the concerned materials in the form of a kit enabling DIY enthusiasts to construct a customized own house featuring a zigzag floor plan with a multipurpose interior, having a reasonable space of 150 square feet (14 square meter) footprint.


According to the creators, this is a folding structure design which has brought with it strength and beauty despite the materials used being inexpensive and light-weight. “ After elaborate research and study, we hit upon this design having cost and convenience in mind,” they claim. ”


Having the motto “ Life Unplugged” ( far removed) to the hermit house, the creators visualized and implemented the house offering personal space where people could relax and remain far removed from the madding crowd. The home has single open interior space facing large floor to ceiling glass windows with an outdoor opening, filled with abundant air and light.

Available in eight different versions, the house could be customized and constructed to include eco-bathroom and kitchen. These tiny homes are handy for use as studios, holiday retreat, guesthouse, temporary festival pavilion and backyard office.

Using Computer, customized models are created, and installation kit prepared and manuals finalized for such houses. Cutting plans for floor construction, ceiling and wall panels is also easily prepared using a system which altogether enables easy installation. Correct sawing and meticulous adherence to installation manual is the key to successful installation of a DIY house, according to the designers.


These houses nicknamed as hermit houses use natural and recycled building materials which are mostly wood. But, as “necessity is the mother of invention, further research on house designs continues and we endeavour for less energy and less material intensive designs to cater to different purposes,” the designers point out.

Their latest houses have solar power, wood stoves and compost toilets. They add, “ Our next aim is to incorporate shower facilities in the hermit house.” Designs are also available in the DIY category to construct strong houses for which insulated wooden ribs are specially added, according to Daniel and Mark. When all the new additions are made, the hermit house would easily become a low budget full-fledged small house, note the creators. This hermit house has lifespan extending over ten years depending upon the type of materials used.


A hermit home is available for purchase also in the form of pre-fabricated kit. More improvised materials, good interior finishes and better insulation for safety are its special features. “One could buy it for about $936 per 10 sq ft. (or Euro dollar 700 per sq meter) excluding VAT, installation and transportation charges,” quote Daniel and Mark.

The kits are also quite compact for shipment by containers or vans, now within European Union. However, Daniel and Mark have ambitious plans for future by taking it to global market by adding bed and breakfast facility, and by renting it out for travellers.


5 Techniques To Build Your Own Garden Shed

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Five Techniques To Build Your Own Garden ShedMost homeowners are aware of the fact that there exists no such term as ‘enough storage space’. There is always a shortage of storage space be it heaps of your clothes, countless kitchen utensils or piles of stacked DVDs and books. Similarly there is a limit to what you can store in your garage or basement. To overcome this problem, you require a garden shed; one that is large enough to stock your outdoor power tools whilst providing you with enough space to keep everything organized such as fuel, fertilizes, shoves or rakes.

A Manufacturer’s Garden Shed Tool Kit

Amongst popular choices when building a garden shed is buying a kit and then building the shed using the manufacturer’s instructions. This is a good and easy way to build a wooden garden shed if you have no basic know how of construction and how to handle tools such as a saw and other high powered equipment. The layout is usually given and therefore your shed has a generic look and not customized the way you want. This kit usually comes with manufacturer’s instructions about the material to be used and how to lay down the basic foundations.

Build your Own

Another choice is to build your own shed from scratch. While this approach might help you get the look you want, it can be quiet tiresome and costly compared to the tool kit option. However, in this case the structure can be built based on your needs, desires and according to your taste. You also have the liberty to choose the material and the floor plan.

Whatever your preference, simply use the following five techniques to build your very own garden shed.

Step 1: Construction of the Frame

Start by excavating and clearing the area, make sure that the ground where you want the shed to be built is leveled and flat. It will be a good option if you lay something for supporting the foundation such as cinderblocks.

4×4 Pressure-treated posts, of proper length, should be used as the supports for the deck floor. For the purpose of dragging the structure with greater ease, you can cut the 4×4 ends at a 45-degree angle.

Step 2: Creating the Deck

When you have placed the frame; start creating the deck. You can use 2x6s pressure-treated sets vertically and then attach them to the frame with the help of a framing nailer. The first thing you should do is to install the 9-foot side pieces. Before you get on with the process of fitting two 4 ft end pieces, it is recommended that you lay them side by side and then mark the joists location to be sure that these are spaced at 16 inches. After this secure the pieces. Next, use the 2x6s joists to cut to length and then start securing these to the frame by using a framing nailer.

Step 3: Building the Walls and Strengthening the Frame

After the deck is completed, move on to building the walls. You can use the deck as a leveled work surface for this purpose. Lay all the 8 foot wall panels from side to side; make sure the bottom plate, top plate and the studs are spaced within 16 inches. Secure all these pieces with the help of a nail gun. Repeat this process till the point where all panels are secured together. Lift the wall up.

Once you have placed the panels of the front wall, the wall is nearly complete. Just add 2x4s diagonally on top of the walls so that the frame is strengthened.

Step 4: Add the Roofs and Windows

The roof joists, should be cut out from 2×6 boards, and should be 13 inches tall. Raise this to the header and add 1×6 strips crosswise so as to tie these together. Next nail the roof.

When the roof is done, start cutting holes. These are for building the windows, so there is enough light in the garden shed.

Step 5: Complete the Project

Once the main structure is done, start with the other tasks such as building the door, potting bench and storage cube. These things will give your garden shed a complete look. You can also add a ramp to your shed to make the entrance of wheelbarrows, mowers and other similar items easy. You can build the door with a sheet of ply wood preferably 3/4 inch. The door can be decorated using 1 inch into 4 inch wood trim to make X” braces in a barn-style.

Author bio:

Adam Atherton is a writer for Easy shed store and a tool expert. Besides building, he is passionate about writing on related topics to equip his readers with the basic building tools and building basic necessities.