DIY garden hut project in Co Antrim

Graeme Taylor’s DIY lockdown project was to build a garden room to hang out in – a hut for barbequing and entertaining. 

In this article, Graeme talks about his DIY garden hut project:

  • How he designed his garden, 25mx16m in size, with BBQ area, hut, deck and lawn
  • Step by step guide of how he built his 6mx4m DIY garden room, from pouring the concrete base to building the timber frame structure with EPDM roof covering
  • Adapting the hut design with openings for roof lights, bifold doors, heat lamps, provisions for electricity and rainwater harvesting
  • Details of the integrated communication links from house to hut (it allows him to turn the music down remotely…)
  • The garden’s planting scheme


Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email

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