Shepherd Hut Wall Construction

Shepherd Hut Wall Construction

Our shepherd hut frame creates the structure of your hut, forming its insulation cavity.

There are various ways to insulate and clad your Shepherd Hut, so here is our guide to the basic cross-section of the walls (starting from the inside out!).

Spaces for doors and windows need to be factored in to your build, but to keep things simple, we will focus on the makeup of the walls here.

Internal Cladding seals your insulation cavity from the inside, basically forming the interior walls of your shepherds hut. Our internal wall cladding is made from 9mm Moisture resistant MDF, and is supplied pre-cut to the interior dimensions of the hut.

Whether you use our cladding, or an alternative, the process should be roughly the same: fix the cladding directly to the frame’s interior, sealing the insulation cavity.

The Shepherds Huts featured in our build gallery all included wool insulation, as can be seen above; though there are many other options available. Our customers often use Celotex or Rock Wool.

Whichever insulation you choose, it needs to fill the 80mm wall-insulation cavity, created by the frame. Our frame creates a grid-like structure, so you will need to cut your insulation to size in order to fit the spaces.

Once your internal cladding and insulation are in place, you will need to seal the insulation cavity. We recommend screw-fixing 9mm OSB board to the exterior of the frame.

Though other materials can be used, OSB is typically one of the more cost-effective building boards. This layer increases the huts overall rigitdity.

A weatherproof breather membrane should sit between the OSB layer and external cladding. This layer ensures that your hut is waterproof, wind resistant and breathable.

Breather membranes are available in roles, so you’ll need to cut vertical strips to the height of the hut, fixing these directly to layer of OSB.

In our build gallery we have used Tyvek Housewrap for our membrane

The final layer of your shepherd hut walls is the exterior cladding. The material you choose for this is down to personal preference, but we find there is about a 50/50 split between preference for tin and timber cladding.
Your exterior cladding should sit outside of the breather membrane, secured to the OSB layer. If you are using corrugated tin you will need to fit the cladding with Tek screws at regular intervals, drilling through the sheets into the OSB layer. Timber shiplap cladding can be secured in the same way, using nails at regular intervals along the wall of the hut.
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