7 Companies That Can Help You Make Your Eco-Pod

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By Michele Koh Morollo / Published by Dwell
If you like the cozy, low maintenance joy of small space living, then you’ll probably find eco-pods very appealing. Eco-pods are self-contained architectural units that are sustainably manufactured, transportable, built with the environment in mind—and often, they function off the grid.

Some having curving pitched roofs, some have flat roofs, some are round or shaped like yurts, and others like cabins, but eco-pods all have one thing in common—they are all environmentally-friendly, often affordable to build, and adaptable. These units make great choices for glamping, or can serve as garden or backyard offices, or studio retreats. Here are some companies around the world that help you create a bespoke eco-pod of your own.  

Echo Living

7 Companies That Can Help You Make Your Eco-Pod - Photo 1 of 6 - Multidisciplinary designer Sam Booth heads Scottish construction company Echo Living. He and his team of skilled builders are all about small scale living, and their eco-pods are made with sustainably manufactured sheeting boards and durable exterior membranes. Each small prefabricated building is delivered to the site with full fittings and fixtures, which often include a wood burner, solar panels, kitchen with integrated appliances, fully-fitted shower room, built-in bed, storage and shelving, timber flooring, lighting, timber decking, double glazed patio doors, and roof lights. Depending on the complexity of the project, most pods can be completed within eight to 10 weeks.

Multidisciplinary designer Sam Booth heads Scottish construction company Echo Living. He and his team of skilled builders are all about small scale living, and their eco-pods are made with sustainably manufactured sheeting boards and durable exterior membranes. Each small prefabricated building is delivered to the site with full fittings and fixtures, which often include a wood burner, solar panels, kitchen with integrated appliances, fully-fitted shower room, built-in bed, storage and shelving, timber flooring, lighting, timber decking, double glazed patio doors, and roof lights. Depending on the complexity of the project, most pods can be completed within eight to 10 weeks.

7 Companies That Can Help You Make Your Eco-Pod - Photo 2 of 6 - Developed over the span of 30 years by Australian practice Stephen Sainsbury Architects to address the need for modular panel system buildings in sites that are remote and difficult to build on, Ecoshelta pods were inspired by the Japanese, joined timber framed pavilions that were used in the Tasmanian wilderness. Constructed with panelized systems, insulated panel roof, and a high-strength, marine-grade, lightweight aluminum alloy frame, these pods are a great choice for warmer climates.

Developed over the span of 30 years by Australian practice Stephen Sainsbury Architects to address the need for modular panel system buildings in sites that are remote and difficult to build on, Ecoshelta pods were inspired by the Japanese, joined timber framed pavilions that were used in the Tasmanian wilderness. Constructed with panelized systems, insulated panel roof, and a high-strength, marine-grade, lightweight aluminum alloy frame, these pods are a great choice for warmer climates.

7 Companies That Can Help You Make Your Eco-Pod - Photo 3 of 6 - Pods from this midwest outfit have exteriors of Knotty Pine wood and interiors of Nordic Spruces, front decks of treated pine, insulated end walls, radiant barrier under shingles, stone Coated MetroCOTTAGE® shingles from Metro, and high-quality laminate flooring. Interior and exterior lighting, air conditioning or heater units, and other amenities are optional items that can be incorporated into customized interiors. The company presently has four pod sizes that accommodate between two to four people.  

Pods from this midwest outfit have exteriors of Knotty Pine wood and interiors of Nordic Spruces, front decks of treated pine, insulated end walls, radiant barrier under shingles, stone Coated MetroCOTTAGE® shingles from Metro, and high-quality laminate flooring. Interior and exterior lighting, air conditioning or heater units, and other amenities are optional items that can be incorporated into customized interiors. The company presently has four pod sizes that accommodate between two to four people.  

7 Companies That Can Help You Make Your Eco-Pod - Photo 4 of 6 - More costly than the other brands on our list, Ecocapsule—a self-sustainable smart house powered solely by wind and solar energy—lets you enjoy all the comfort of a hotel room while living off the grid. It can generate up to 1.35 kW of installed power and can also be connected to external power and water sources. Its egg-like shape is designed to facilitate the collection of rainwater and minimize thermal loss. A compact mobile home designed to accommodate one to two people, the Ecocapsule works as a mountain cabin, beach cabana, countryside escape, or even a chill pad in your garden. 

More costly than the other brands on our list, Ecocapsule—a self-sustainable smart house powered solely by wind and solar energy—lets you enjoy all the comfort of a hotel room while living off the grid. It can generate up to 1.35 kW of installed power and can also be connected to external power and water sources. Its egg-like shape is designed to facilitate the collection of rainwater and minimize thermal loss. A compact mobile home designed to accommodate one to two people, the Ecocapsule works as a mountain cabin, beach cabana, countryside escape, or even a chill pad in your garden. 

7 Companies That Can Help You Make Your Eco-Pod - Photo 5 of 6 - Energy efficient yet able to withstand sub-zero temperatures, hail, rain, snow and hot summers, the tiny eco-cabins from Canadian firm The Little Cabin Company offer highly-insulated, 12 by 11.3 feet structures with cedar sidings, external power socket, a small front deck and low voltage recessed lights, with interiors that can be customized to fit up to four people. The fully constructed cabins will be delivered on site.  

Energy efficient yet able to withstand sub-zero temperatures, hail, rain, snow and hot summers, the tiny eco-cabins from Canadian firm The Little Cabin Company offer highly-insulated, 12 by 11.3 feet structures with cedar sidings, external power socket, a small front deck and low voltage recessed lights, with interiors that can be customized to fit up to four people. The fully constructed cabins will be delivered on site.  

7 Companies That Can Help You Make Your Eco-Pod - Photo 6 of 6 - Made with a rigid box section steel chassis, Grade A Siberian larch cladding and marine-grade stainless-steel screens, UK manufacturer Armadilla’s pods arrive to your site fully constructed and can be installed in about an hour. Durable, resilient, and easy to maintain, four pad stones are all that’s required for the foundation. The pods, which have a variety of customizable interior concepts, are built for year-round weather conditions, and work well as glamping accommodations, offices, or recreational garden outhouses. 

Made with a rigid box section steel chassis, Grade A Siberian larch cladding and marine-grade stainless-steel screens, UK manufacturer Armadilla’s pods arrive to your site fully constructed and can be installed in about an hour. Durable, resilient, and easy to maintain, four pad stones are all that’s required for the foundation. The pods, which have a variety of customizable interior concepts, are built for year-round weather conditions, and work well as glamping accommodations, offices, or recreational garden outhouses. 

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