Simon and Julie – Mini Arkipod

“We are delighted to have installed this “pod” as an extra double bedroom, but now find that we have a meditation and yoga space as well.

This beautiful structure has also completely transformed our garden.

Simon and Julie with their Arkipod Mini
Pull out Sofa Bed

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Home Pod – Shower Room

Neil spent some time finalising the shower room. The room has been built on as a lean-to but never finished, so insulation and then waterproof gyproc were used to finish the inside. All the joints and screw heads were filled and finished. We then decided to sheet the three shower walls with a plastic product. Originally it was supposed to be a sort of outside shower so we maintained that idea a little by using a wooden base surrounded by stones. We will see over a few months how the wood stands up to the water from the shower.

A pleasing area to take a shower

Finished shower cubicle
Damp proof plasterboard
Other side

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Home Cinema Pod

Set up your “home cinema pod”, an acoustically pleasing sound space. The Arkipod is a nice way to take the sound and vision into a neat comfortable space.

Pleasing comfortable space for movie lovers


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Anne – The Creativity Cabin

My Cabin is a simple, grass-roofed, wooden building which has proved to be an extremely useful addition to our lives. It has been used an a office space, artist’s studio, temporary living space during a rebuild, storage loft, a pool/games room for loud kids to hang out in and as overflow accommodation for visitors.
The passive solar heating through the windows is often enough to keep a comfortable temperature. Even when it’s freezing outside the insulation is so good that a fire of driftwood or turf in the stove keeps the whole place toasty. I love the grass roof, not only for its beauty and eco-friendliness and all the wild flowers that bloom there in summer, but also because it absorbs sound and rainfall – even during a howling gale it’s peaceful inside.
It was a pleasure to be involved with Richie on the build. He came up with some great design ideas which maximised space and accessibility, gave great advice on choosing building materials and was willing to co-operate on building a bespoke space to fit the furniture and incorporate the second-hand windows and doors that I had located. He took great pride in his work and has built a solid structure that stood the test of time over a decade of storm-force coastal winds and severe weather. I can only imagine that these beautiful looking Arkipods will be similarly successful.

www.thecreativitycabin.com Anne

Ten years on
Wild Location
During the build 2009

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Home Pod – Kitchen

Once the walls were all clean and painted we started making the Kitchen part of the build. We made the kitchen fit the space we had and incorporated an old Belgian style of “Belfast Sink”.

The Belgian sink sets it off quite nicely

A Belgian sink
Frames
Partition
Worktops
Looking back to seating area

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Sleeping Pod

“The sleeping pod”. A great spare room or a way of launching into your very own AirBnb venture. The Arkipod is a sure way to get a good nights rest.

The building shape makes for a soothing atmosphere in which to sleep

Arkipod Bedroom

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Home Pod – Painting

The walls up and finished next stage in the revamp of the home pod was to start freshening the bare wooden walls with some paint. Over the years the wood had darkened by sunlight and where furniture had previously been placed the colours were all wrong. So a coat of paint was the solution.

First coat
Side walls awaiting the shelving and surrounds
Shelves
Finished

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Office Pod

Thinking about a Pod for use as an office or studio, it gets you out of the house and into a building which has a shape to help you concentrate on your work. The Arkipod is a perfect building for work, easy to heat and light.

A few photos of how your Arkipod could look.

Office – Studio

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Home Pod – Partitioning

Once the floor was done we had a sketched plan of how to divide the floor space and make a proper bedroom and turn the stairs around from their original position. This gave a more homely feel to the floor space and even though obviously the one space now becomes two the living area steel feels spacious due to all the natural light that floods in through the windows.

Stud wall up and temporarily the stairs in place
Stairs now bolted in to place and one side of the wall sheeted.
You can’t beat a sketched out plan, scale drawing….
Nice use of the space under the stairs with a bench that also provides storage.

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Home Pod the 12th year Revamp

So twelve years on from building the grass roofed visitors “shed” we decided to do a revamp and create a crafted comfortable chalet style accommodation for four people. Initially it was a complete empty of the building and then grinding down the concrete floor to get a polished concrete floor rather than the screed painted finish that we had for the last twelve years. The contractor who put the floor in all those years ago could have done a better job. So this was the place to start.

The floor twelve years of use all scratched and a few cracks

We hired a concrete grinder and spent a day running over and over the floor, cleaning up the dust each time. It was a hard day, but the 24 hour hire period was non negotiable so we worked hard.

This machine weighed a ton, however it was very easy to use, apart from all the cleaning between run overs

We are very happy with the finish, and went on to use a floor sealer “smartseal” product to give the concrete a deep sheen finish, it’s very nice.

The floor before sealing
Many coats of sealant gave a lovely finish, here the sealant is still drying.

So we now have a clean flat and sealed floor, very happy with it and a nice platform to work from.

Watch a short film made whilst we were sealing the floor

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