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  • Compost Toilet Facilites for Church

    Disabled Access Compost Toilet

    One of our Disabled Access Compost Toilets was recently opened with a blessing by the Rev Steve Rothwell at the ancient church in Hatley St George.

    The listed Grade 2* church, that has no mains water and previously had no toilet facilities, approached us to provide much needed facilities for the growing number of people taking part in activities at the church.

    Rev Rothwell said: “The addition of this toilet is a valuable asset to Hatley St George church and the future needs of the building, and will enable this church to be used for more events and longer worship-based meetings such as quiet and study days, reflective services and much more.”

    Cambridge priest-poet Malcolm Guite wrote a special poem, Hatley St George, published in his book The Singing Bowl, which considers the contemplative and peaceful nature of the building - a copy of the poem hangs in the church.

    Read the full article here.

    See the full range of our compost toilets for sale here.

  • Vicky's Memorial Chair

    memorial chairs

    Dear Free Range Designs

    I felt I had to write to tell you how blown away we were with "Vicky's Storytelling Chair". It is superb! I could spill out a list of superlatives but that wouldn't be enough. We are thrilled with the design, the tiny details, it's fantastical appearance and the sheer fun of the chair. The area will take a few years to embed as trees have only just been planted, with surrounding hedges being planted in the spring, but "The Chair" is at the heart of the outside story area.

    Kind regards


    Have a look at more of our outside storytelling chairs here. 

  • Storytelling Chairs for Schools

    once-upon-a-timeWe have been making handmade storytelling chairs for over 10 years now. Each chair is unique, each piece of wood is collected by hand, crafted by hand and delivered as a stunning pieces of art. Over the years we must have made over 100 story chairs with new variations each time a customer asks. All of the materials we use are environmentally friendly, either salvaged from the beach or sourced from sustainably managed local woodlands and saw mills. We make both large and small  chairs for kids, adults and giants. Any size is possible!

    Here some of the examples of our  storytelling chairs that we have crafted over the years:

  • Oak Woodland Bench

    Our latest lovely bench in its new home...

    "Hi, The bench I ordered is here and absolutely stunning . Thank you all. Janet smith"

    Check out more of our handmade benches here.

    Oak Woodland Bench Recycled Woodland Bench
  • New Owl Reading Chair

    owl-reading-chairA big welcome to the newest member in our family of storytelling chairs: The Owl Reading Chair. Inspired by children's story books, this chair features a wise old owl perched upon a book, in amongst the branches of a beautiful old oak tree.

    Check out our Owl Reading Chair here.

    Owls are thought to be one of the oldest species of vertebrate animal in existence, with fossils found dating back 60 million years.  Throughout the history of mankind, the owl has featured significantly in mythology and folklore, from prehistoric cave paintings to recent times.

    In ancient Greece, owls were often seen as a symbol of good fortune, associated with the Greek goddess of wisdom, Athene.  In Welsh mythology, Blodeuwedd, the Goddess of Betrayal, is turned into a white owl. And in the modern day, many children learn to read English with the popular Oxford Owl Reading series. Continue reading

  • Compost Toilet for Obonjan Festival Island

    glamping compost looWe are super thrilled to have received these photos of our compost toilet from the festival island of Obonjan.

    When we were approached to build compost toilets for the festival, we decided that it would be better for the organisers to buy our plans on how to build your own compost toilet and get there skilled carpenters to knock out a toilet.

    Well the result are truly amazing! Check out these super dooper posh compost loos. Here is the testimonial from the organisers. Continue reading

  • Icarus chair out of the ashes

    Just out the workshop is this lovely oak chair made in memory of a member of staff who passed away last year. We take pride in all the furniture that we make but when it comes to making memorial furniture we add a little bit of extra love and polish.  Here are more of the memorial chairs  and benches in our storytelling section.

    "Out of the ashes beauty will rise and we will dance among the ruins. We will see it with our own eyes out of these ashes beauty will rise. For we know joy is coming In the morning"

  • Storytelling Chair for Roof Top Terrace

    We have just received  feedback from a hand carved storytelling chair that was sent out our workshop in Wales last week. Most of the Storytelling chairs we sell go to schools so it was nice to see this one going to a roof top garden. Have a look at our range of storytelling chairs here.

    Hi Suzanne,

     All delivered this lunch time and I am absolutely delighted, I bet you don't have many on a rooftop terrace. It looks as if it's always been there !

    With many thanks, Mike 

    storychair in garden storychair outdoors in garden
  • Newly Crafted Shepherd's Hut

    Wowwow wee! We are so super duper pleased to have completed this luxury Shepherd's Hut. This is the first one we have built and we enjoyed the creative process enormously.

    old hay cart


    The Shepherd's Hut started as a rusty hay cart that had been abandoned in the courtyard of the farm where we create our furniture. Having received lots of enquiries from people over the years interested in beautiful small spaces, similar to the Tiny House movement in America, this hay cart seemed the perfect opportunity to experiment and start the fun process of creating the cabin on wheels of our dreams.

    We have listed the shepherds hut on Airbnb here. So please add to your wish list if you like it as this helps our rankings.

    So without further waffle let me introduce the newest edition to our family ...

    handmade shepherds hut
  • The ideal glamping toilet and shower for your luxury campsite

    The wait is over.

    We have finally combined the features of our popular Bog Standard compost toilet with the stand alone shower unit to create this all in one compost loo and shower building.

    camping shower and compost toilet


    We have created this design in response to demand from our glampsite customers, who have been keen to buy a combined toilet and shower unit that looks stylish and will fit in with the glamping aesthetic. So we have come up with this attractive wooden toilet and shower cabin, which can be located almost anywhere, offering a wonderfully hot shower and a clean toilet experience in even the most remote of settings.

    Shower with a view

    The toilet and shower combo is made from Douglas fir and clad in vertical cedar boards. The roof is clear so that guests have as much light inside as possible. On the version of the shower pictured here we have created a window on the side, as this unit was commissioned by a campsite with a lovely view over a river.

    Environmentally friendly outdoor shower

    The interior of the shower has been clad in cedar boards, but could also be covered with  shower splashboards or even tiled. The campsite owner wanted to keep the shower unit as eco as possible so the water for the shower is heated by a wood-fired donkey boiler. With this system you get a piping hot shower once the fire has been going for just twenty minutes.

    If you wanted to supply immediate and constant hot water, then the shower water heater could also be a fully adjustable LPG device. We have used the leading brand Morco for this in the past.

    Free Range Toilets

    The compost toilet uses our famous wheelie bin composting system with our urine diverter. Read more about our wheelie bin compost loos here.

    Hot water, shower, and composting toilet all in one.

    compost-toilet-and-shower outdoor-shower glampsite-woodburning-shower camping shower and compost toilet

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