A-frame cottages have always been popular, mainly due the ease and affordability of their construction. This was the idea behind the Lushna cottage, a modern, green and affordable alternative to a tent created by the Slovenian company of the same name. These lovely wooden cottages are great for year-round camping, and enjoying the great outdoors in style.
Lushna Villa measures 13 by 13 feet, and is 11.5 feet high, which yields a livable space of 110 square feet. The walls are made from untreated, exterior-grade larch wood, while spruce wood was used for the flooring. According to the designers all the insulation is also ecological though they did not specify what kind of materials were used. The cottage also features a ventilation system, a panoramic glass wall or mosquito netting, and electrical outlets. The Lushna is designed to be installed using ground screws, which greatly reduces its footprint, and makes it almost like pitching a tent. The interior is large enough for a king-size bed, so camping inside one must truly be a royal experience.
Besides the basic version, the company also offers a so-called Lushna Villa Green model, which features a green roof, and the Lushna Sauna model, which is fitted with an infrared sauna. And for those who want a larger vacation home, Lushna also offers bigger cottages through their website.
The main aim of designing these cottages was to offer people a way to engage in eco-tourism in comfort. It’s aimed at individuals, as well as large property owners who wish to find a cost-effective way to create a village of eco-friendly and sustainable cottages. The basic version of the Lushna cottage costs around $4,453, which is very affordable.
Echo Living, a company from the UK, has recently unveiled a new small cabin design, which can be scaled up into a full sized residence. Besides being great to look at, it is also completely off-gird, and all around eco-friendly and green. The cabin, which is called Wave due to it’s slightly curved exterior, features beautiful Red Cedar cladding and a very modern interior design. The basic unit is ideal as a vacation cabin, though it could also be a full time home, guest house, or a studio.
The Wave measures 17.4 x 10.5 ft (5.3 x 3.2 m) and has a livable area of 134.5 sq ft (12.5 sq m). This is just the basic unit though, since the Wave was designed to be scalable. As such it can be extended both lengthwise and in width, offering the possibility to make these eco homes much bigger and more spacious. The final layout of the home can also be wholly decided on by the owner. The units can be equipped with a kitchen shower, wood burner, and double bed, and are spacious enough to accommodate two people.
Each Wave is hand-made in the Echo Living workshop in Scotland, then transported to the building site. According to the company, it can be placed in a wide range of terrains, since the construction requires very little groundwork. Each cabin has adjustable feet made of galvanized steel, which are secured in place by pre-made concrete pads to keep the cabin in place. As such the cabin also have a very small impact on the environment.
Once the cabin is erected the photovoltaic panels, which are integrated into the brise soleil, are connected to the battery array. The cabin features a wood burning stove, which is used for heating.
The Wave is also built from the ground up with sustainability in mind. The walls are made of Nordpan Spruce 3-ply CLT panels, breathable Bitroc sheathing board, and a Solitex exterior membrane. Vivix architectural panels were used for the side and front walls. For insulation, sheep wool was used.