A Sustainable Low-Impact Dwelling that Can Be Installed Anywhere
Designed by British firm, Out of the Valley, this oak-framed cabin with burnt-cedar cladding is equally suited for use in the country woodland as well as in the city garden. “Our work is about the wild but you can honour that in any setting,” McKelvie explains.
The cabin combines traditional timber-frame construction methods with modern details including glazed bi-fold doors and steel guttering… The traditional trussed framework can be erected in just two days. A layer of wood-fiber insulation is then applied before the structure is wrapped in charred cedar boards. The burnt wood gives a dark finish that enables the building to blend in with the shadows of a wooded setting. In contrast, the interior features a white-washed ash kitchen, furniture and paneling. Wood for the cabins is sourced from local sawmills (then) delivered to the site.
McKelvie explains further that “…by integrating off-grid principles and technologies, cabins offer a space that allows their occupants to live more modestly and reconnect with simple pleasures.”
A wood-burning stove introduces heating, with photovoltaic panels on the roof generating electricity to help power lighting and a convection oven. The cabin can be connected to a water supply to provide water to the kitchen and bathroom.
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