DIYer replaces garden shed with Alpine-inspired cabin for just £2,500

The chalet style shed has wooden panelled walls with metal sheets forming the triangular roof. The shed is surrounded by forestry
The Alpine-inspired chalet was once a ordinary garden shed but was transformed by Alex Dodman into a retreat for his family (Image credit: @alexdodman)

In an display of creativity and resourcefulness, Alex Dodman, a 37-year-old NHS Ambulance service worker from Saffron Walden, Essex, embarked on a DIY journey to replace a rather ordinary shed with an Alpine-inspired chalet in his garden.

Alex, a keen DIYer, decided to replace an existing underutilised shed, on a limited budget, to create a space his young family could use year-round. A suburban Essex garden would rarely be associated with a pocket-sized ski chalet, but Alex's vision made it possible, with the NHS worker documenting the project for his 126k followers on Instagram.

Joseph Mullane
News Editor

News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.