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Luxury hut maker sees business boom as demand for posh garden offices soars with lockdown


Richard’s huts can be used for all kinds of things (Picture: Plankbridge / SWNS)

A luxury hut maker is busier than ever before because of the pandemic.

Richard Lee who is co-founder of Plankbridge – a company that makes bespoke shepherd’s huts – says demand has soared due to our new working from home lifestyles.

Enquiries for the huts increased by 70% last year and company turnover rose by a huge 30%.

The business offers two different types – the Snug and the wider Cabin – and both are customisable, so can be used for garden offices, saunas, meditation spaces and more.

Prices for these top-of-the-range huts typically start from £22,500 and many can be equipped with kitchens or showers depending on the client’s needs.

It makes a lovely addition to a garden (Picture: Plankbridge / SWNS)
What a WFH set-up (Picture: Plankbridge / SWNS)
The huts have been used by luxury hotel chains and glamping sites (Picture: Plankbridge / SWNS)

You might already recognise these containers from luxury hotels and glamping sites.

This is because Plankbridge has previously worked with National Trust properties, The Pig hotels and Historic Royal Palaces – some of the aesthetically-pleasing products have even been sent over to the USA.

But they’re very much available as garden features, too.

Business for these adorable huts is booming (Picture: Plankbridge / SWNS)
They can be used for business or leisure (Picture: Plankbridge / SWNS)

The business currently employs 24 members of staff who work on around 10 handmade huts at a time – with each one taking from six weeks to complete.

In a bid to keep things local, the team also gets all the timber and fixings from suppliers within a 10-mile radius from its Dorset HQ.

A little place to retreat to (Picture: Plankbridge / SWNS)
So many styles to choose from (Picture: Plankbridge / SWNS)
Richard has been super busy (Picture: Plankbridge / SWNS)

Richard launched the business with his partner Jane Dennison in 2000.

He said: ‘The demand for our huts was certainly bolstered by lockdowns, working from home and the need for extra space to hunker down in.

‘While we are busy, and remain positive, I feel a lot of sympathy for all those businesses so badly affected.

‘At least we are helping many hospitality venues to hit the ground running as soon as restrictions are lifted.’

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