Eco-Sheds For Funky First-Time Buyers

October 7, 2009 at 4:06 PM 4 comments

We like a nice homely shed here at Winging It, but we’re also partial to a bit of upmarket architectural eye-candy, so imagine our delight when we discovered that some genius has created a super cool, Kevin McCloud approved … shed for living!

We haven’t been this thrilled by a design ‘solution’ since eglu applied a bit of i-Mac styling to the humble chicken coop. Could it really live up to our fevered expectations?

And, more to the point, could it live up to its own billing as “individual low-cost student or key-worker accommodation, or an ideal house for a first-time buyer”?

Said shed, or dwelle, as designers FKDA architects have branded it, is zero carbon, off-grid, and cleverly compact.

It has underfloor heating, a wood-burning fireplace, newspaper insulation (Guardian, I’m guessing!) and a streamlined barn conversion aesthetic. It looks like this:


I think it’s pretty cool, and at £35,000-£50,000 for the largest version, you can’t really quibble about the price – even if, as we all well know, the biggest problem with this will be finding an affordable site to put it on.

Still, hats off to FKDA for an imaginative and good-looking response to the plight of the FTB. And well done to Grand Designs Live for showcasing it this weekend.

If you want to take a closer look, go see dwelle at Grand Designs Live, Birmingham, where it will feature alongside a couple of other very cool eco- and micro-homes in the Grand Village.




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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kelly  |  October 12, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    The Scale of the pictures are a little confusing. Great idea but storage is a major problem, where would you put your clothes? never mind everything else. Eco concious people would also own bikes maybe.

    Secondly as its billed as Eco Concious then I would have thought single units are not the answer. ie sharing walls with neighbours reduces materials used etc and building up makes a smaller footprint on precious land resources.

    Put it on wheels though and I’d have one

  • 2. ric  |  October 16, 2009 at 7:27 AM

    hi kelly, we’ve loads of storage, with cloakroom, high level cupboards and full height wardrobes. we’ve designed a “bolt-on” bike/garden store on the back, although this is an optional extra.

    regarding densities… you’re right, it’s not the most efficient, but it’s not meant to be. it offers an alternative to current housing on offer. it’s also challenging the fact that we actually have more than sufficient land to build on in the UK, but far too much of it is protected by current planning policies that are out-dated.

    you want wheels… we did have some on tuesday!! when we wheeled it from one side of the hall to the other for Interbuild that starts on Sunday.

    (we’ll be adding a few pictures to our website very soon, but in the meantime we’ve added photos on our page on Facebook)

    ric (dwelle.)

  • 3. Eleanore  |  November 1, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    I am a single parent and i have seen your dwelle. And I am very intrerested. buy one of them for my son or finding out what I need to do to buy one of your dwelle in the current year 2010.

  • 4. steph  |  November 17, 2009 at 3:45 PM

    Are these sheds for sale, and is it a case of just buying one and then buying the land for it to be built on??


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