Mudeford Beach Hut 213 Case Study

Designing a family beach hut

Liz and Mark Heath visited Mudeford Spit in 2010, instantly falling in love with the tranquillity of the place and all the surrounding natural beauty. They wanted to buy a beach hut for their young family and managed to find one on the westward facing sea-side of the spit, conveniently located behind the cafe. The position was great, but the hut they had bought was in a bad state of disrepair. Its condition was perhaps one of the worst on the beach and so the decision to rebuild was an easy one.

A keen craftsman himself, Mark wanted to enjoy the process of customising the interior fit out himself, but was unconfident in carrying out the construction of the actual hut. Having looked at the options for renovation, they chose to appoint Ecologic Developments to rebuild the weather-tight structure and internally line it with first and second fix plumbing and solar powered electrical work.

A home away from home

As with most of our structures, we built Liz and Mark's hut off-site at our workshop in the New Forest where we can work away from the wind and rain. On completion of the structure, we then delivered it to Mudeford Spit on a lorry and craned the Heath's beach hut into position.

Once delivered, we were able to incorporate a useful under-hut storage area that was securely shuttered, boxed-in and clad with timber. This not only gave the Heath's a safe place to stow equipment out of sight, but also improves the overall appearance of the beach hut.

It was at this point that we handed over and Mark was able to set to work, enjoying the project of furnishing the interior of their family's new home away from home on Mudeford Spit.

"We're into our third season in the new hut now so feel well placed to commend the quality of your workmanship and to say thanks for a job superbly done. Looking back on the build process, it was calmer than we could possibly have hoped for at every stage. From our first chat on the beach, through agreeing the contract, discussing the design details, seeing you at work, watching 'her' sail into place by crane, and the final stages through to taking possession, we enjoyed it all."

"We've never known a build project go this easily - not just on time and on budget, but hassle free and good natured throughout. We had/have complete confidence in you. We've been 100% delighted with the hut and despite heavy year-round use since April 2011 have only had the one snagging issue since completion and even that was down to our own ignorance of water pumps. What better testimonial could we give than to say that we'd recommend you without hesitation for rebuilds, renovations and repairs. You guys are just a pleasure to work with. Sincere thanks."

Mark & Liz, Hut 213 Mudeford Beach