A Place for Modern Man to Make Fire

What do you give the 20th century caveman who has everything? A swanky new cave of course: a place where he can talk about the wheel and fire and the fine art of hunting (or whatever personal discovery beckons on the horizon). This was some cave; a retreat and studio space designed without a mammoth footprint – just 15m2 – but housing office space, a double sofa bed, bookcases and additional seating for passing hunter-gatherers. And of course, the modern caveman is walking fully upright these days, so we gave him a vaulted ceiling too. Reclaimed primeval birthrights. Reclaimed materials. Modern elegance.

“I had longed for a garden studio and retreat space and it was amazing to achieve this goal on a relatively small budget with all natural materials and a space designed to sing. It became my home not far away from home; a sublime enhancement to my quality of life…and my partner’s.”

Charles Kingsley, Eco Alchemist

Highlights:
  • All reclaimed wood throughout.
  • High-performance Icynene® insulation for walls and ceiling.
  • Foam insulation under concrete floor.
  • All new wood double-glazed windows, argon filled for high thermal performance.
  • High airtight properties and warmth retention.
  • Reclaimed cedar shingles for roofing.
  • Convect Air high-efficiency radiator.