Kevin McCloud’s Shed, Kevin McCloud’s Man Made Home, Timber frame notes for the self builder

one man and his shed - the frame
Pictured here is the finished frame and studding.

Pictured here is the finished frame and studding. Kevin was keen for the line of the roof to continue as a ‘folded’ profile down the north wall. His idea was for this wall also to be shingled as a continuation of the roof. I’m very glad he suggested this as I’ve enjoyed building it and it looks great. There is a small 1” drip overhang, which is the absolute minimum. It is just possible in this picture to see the blue sealed sections of end grain. I like to seal end grain in these situations to reduce cracking during the drying process. You can also see the ratchet strap which held the south wall in place before ribs and braces were attached.

Further learning;
There are lots of books and a few courses on timber framing. You could book yourself on to one of our marvellous 5 day courses in Gloucestershire (www.wholewoods.co.uk) or check out the Low Impact Living Initiative for other venues (www.lowimpact.org).
For books – http://www.eco-logicbooks.com/

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4 thoughts on “Kevin McCloud’s Shed, Kevin McCloud’s Man Made Home, Timber frame notes for the self builder

  1. Stick it on wheels in a couple of big holes to get around planning permission. I think we should all try this with our caravans why ever not??? Because it is a “material change of use of the land” so this right smart alick should expect a visit from the enforcement planners within the next 24 hours. NB I want a timber cabin on wheels as well, stick it in the green belt why not and forget the ancient woodland that has been felled to boot. Still I liked the use of the explosives and this method could again be used to remove this structure in the enforcement notice that should now follow.

  2. If its moveable on skids or wheels or hook lifter it under law does not constitute a development and is no concern of planning enforcement, they can huff and puff but that’s about it, what kind of country do we live a nd fight for if a man can’t have a shed on his own land !

  3. Development is more than just building works, it also includes the change of use of land. The siting of a structure, albeit ‘temporary’, for residential or domestic purposes on agricultural land or woodland for more than 28 days in any calendar year constitutes development requiring planning permission.

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