High Wickham 2010
This EcoPod was for use as an office and garden room. The garden had its own river at the bottom and was a very beautiful setting. The EcoPod was built for small Pilates group. As with all our EcoPods it was heavily insulated with a wall, floor and roof thickness of 200mm which means it will be very toasty, even in the winter. It was clad in Western Red Cedar with a butyl roof covering. The Office Pod was fitted with its own fuse box providing main electric for sockets and lighting by a local electrician for use as an office with a computer, printer and internet connection and lighting. The wood burner provides warm cosy heating whatever the weather.
This EcoPod has amazing views over a valley in Buxton, Derbyshire.
The EcoPod was built as a garden retreat with a built in full size bed, wood burner and small kitchenette, Low E double glazing and solar lighting. High levels of insulation were an absolute must for the EcoPod as it can get very cold and windy in Buxton. It was built almost entirely out of recycled materials! The floor boards came out of a building under refurbishment and are probably over 100 years old. The colour is very rich and adds to the overall warm cosy feeling once inside. A cut down barley-twist drop leaf table gives great workspace beneath the window, with great views over the landscape.
Trims were reclaimed mainly from tropical hardwood door frames and ply wood panelling from broken down tea chests.
This EcoPod was built as a garden room at the end of a long garden to provide an extra room for sleeping and a space to enjoy whilst in the garden. A wood burner provides heating at night and enables use of the EcoPod throughout the year. The Solar photovoltaic panels on the roof provide low voltage LED lighting. The EcoPod was highly insulated using sheep’s wool insulation. The oak parquet flooring was reclaimed from a school with a herring bone design. Exterior cladding in Western Red Cedar locally sourced within England. All interior timber is FSC approved and exterior and interior paints and finishes are plant derived and wood oils.
Whaley Bridge 2004
This unusual garden room was designed to meet the needs of the clients who both had a love of gardening, and had a particular passion for Chinese plants, bamboo and grasses. The site was east facing with bright morning sunshine and in partial shade for half of the day. The design centred on a split usage of gardening, a space for the children and an element of fun. The structure incorporated an internal second floor for the children to use as a play room and sleep-over bedroom. The second floor room was accessible from an internal ladder and loft hatch, and also a stable door which opened on to an external walkway. The external walk way wrapped around two sides of the building also connected the EcoPod to the main house via the balcony. A ladder with safety gate also allowed access to the garden below. The roof was covered with sedums and blended almost seamlessly with the surroundings. The sedum roof was used to create a visual interest to a small garden, add biodiversity and also to increase the insulation value. All windows and doors were built in our workshop and painted with breathable plant based paints. The main structure was built in kit form and constructed on site in approximately three weeks at a cost of £23,000.