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The Eco Pod is a fully functional warm and comfortable environment in which to work, rest or play and can take the form of a living space, office, studio or summer house. Most Eco Pods do not need planning permission and are an idea solution to extending your home. Eco Pods feature three separate environments: a super insulated cosy interior; a light airy conservatory and an external balcony which will allow you to be at one with nature. The emphasis on each space can be varied as you choose. Eco Pods are specifically designed and made using UK timber, natural insulation, plant-based paints and breathable walls. Optional extras include Photo Voltaic solar panels, bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, triple argon glazing or a grass roof.
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EcoPod holidays are an Alternative Holiday which combine Camping Pods and Eco Pods in an Environmental friendly Sustainable way. Campfires and Farm animals create the perfect Environment to enjoy your Camping Pod holiday.
Paddley Gorge

This is our latest work which is a culmination of 12 years of design and development. It incorporates all of the external visual aesthetics which we have been striving for. 

The new owner commissioned the EcoPod as an art/pottery studio and garden room. One third was committed to a wet area with sink unit and waterproof flooring. The rest of the EcoPod has a reclaimed solid wood floor and a wood burner as a relaxing space in the garden.

The EcoPod was built in kit form in the workshop in EcoSip panels which we have developed over many years. Construction of the panels is completed in one day providing a watertight Pod. The panels are 200mm thick and provide a house like feeling once inside. EcoPods are very well insulated, twice the average amount of insulation found in the average house.

The exterior is Western Red Cedar sourced within England. We do not use wood from half way across the world (Canadian Cedar) or wood from tropical rain forests. We do however source reclaimed timber for use wherever we can. All the internal trim in this EcoPod is Pitch pine reclaimed from roofing beams.

The wild flower/sedum green roof was chosen to bring colour and blend the EcoPod into the tiered garden. Associated benefits are the increased biodiversity and increased insulation properties for the building. 

Garden Room

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. 

New EcoPod

We also have an EcoPod Holiday company! 

Do you love The Peak District, fresh air and the sun shining in your face? You're not alone; the creators of EcoPod Holidays feel the same. We have combined the essential features of Camping Pod holidays with the Eco Pod facilities to relax in comfort at the end of the day, knowing that the Eco Cabin in which you lodge is working in harmony in the Peak District.

We have built our unique EcoPods bringing together Alternative Eco materials which are Sustainable, replaceable, or have been reused, to create Camping Pods with Comfort. Somewhere away from the chaos of busy Campsites. Somewhere you would like to be. Somewhere to stay in the beauty of the Peak District Countryside. Camping next to Carsington Water.

If you like space away from the crowd, where you can recharge and breathe at your own speed, enjoy all the activities of Carsington Water, Sailing, Walking, Canoeing or Cycling around Carsington Water Cycle Route, Ecopod Camping Holidays are for you. A place too catch up with your family and friends.

What to bring:-

Please bring your own bedding and pillows, towels, tea towels, 'just in case' wellies and waterproofs!

www.ecopodholidays.co.uk

Would you like an EcoPod holiday site? Or just an EcoPod with all these features?

Contact Craig on 07929 616282 

Garden Retreat

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 doorframes and ply wood panelling from broken down tea chests.

The Eco-pod is available throughout the year for short-lets - ten minutes walk to Buxton Opera House - contact Susie on 07846606307 or by email; smunc@hotmail.com

Office Pod, Southampton

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 Lady was a practicing Pilates teacher and was also planning to exercise in the Pod!

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. 

Split Level Garden Room

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.

Exterior cladding used was European Larch sourced within England. Sliver foil insulation 75mm thick (equivalent to 175mm of rock wool) was used to save space in the timber frame.

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. 

Vauxhall city farm (sponsored project)

We had a call to help sponsor the build of a children's space on a farm in London.

The project was designed and built in two weeks from scratch.

All windows and doors were reclaimed. We used recycled 50mm Kingspan insulation, with Western Red Cedar exterior cladding sourced in England. The roof and floor were and insulated with warmcell recycled newspaper made in Wales - 150mm thick.

We made use of 150mm diameter cardboard tubes as the main supports in the design to emphasise recycling, and the children painted the interior themselves.

Vauxhall City farm, in London, is a place where children can go and learn about animal husbandry. It is an amazingly clean and tidy place for a farm thanks to the help of the local children, who volunteer to feed and clean the place with brooms and bundles of straw and hay.

It is free to enter and is open to the public and has a great spirit which you can feel immediately when you arrive thanks to the leadership of the staff who are great.

EcoPod Holidays

Eco Pods are super insulated with a combination of natural and recycled insulation materials. Clad using locally sourced Cedar and European Larch sourced within the Peak District and decorated with oils and plant based paints. 

A variety of roof coverings identify the three environments of the Eco Pod. The insulated corrugated roof above the conservatory provides a robust solution inspired by train carriages seen throughout the farming landscapes of the Derbyshire Dales; reminders of the industrial revolution.

The bio-diversity of the sedum roof provides new and changeable visual interest to your garden. Several species of sedum provide a constant change of colour shifting from green to red with white and yellow flowers arriving throughout the seasons, providing colour and extra insulation to the living/working space within.

A balcony covered using woven local coppiced hazel provides an outdoor space to engage with your immediate surroundings. 

 

All Enquires to:

Craig Banks (Director)

phone: 07929 616282

Email: craig.banks@hotmail.co.uk

 

 

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