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BACKGROUND

Design and its means of production have aways been a passion of Echo’s founder, Sam Booth, and his  ability as a maker has allowed him to prototype and have control over the production of his designs . His 1999 Oritetsu collection of folded metal furniture (below)  saw each piece created from a single perforated steel sheet, and  Sam developed a  similarly efficient and innovative process for creating buildings .  The  prototype for his prefabricated , modular building technique was  Brockloch Bothy,   originally designed around  a modular system using sourced and economical  8x 4 ft plywood sheets. In place of plywood, we now use high quality 5x2m panels of cross laminated timber. Each element is nested , cut out and joined to create  a super strong internal structure with minimal waste and maximum efficiency.

 
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OUR PRACTICE

Echo Living was launched back in 2014 with the aim of  promoting elegance and efficiency in sustainable small scale living.  Some have been designed as permanent dwellings, accommodating their owners'  sustainable lifestyles over the years . Many are advertised on niche rental platforms, and over the years literally thousands of visitors have  been able to experience  our beautifully designed, off grid, small spaces first hand.  

 

Each bespoke build is designed to use resources efficiently, with the minimum of waste, making  both ecological and economic sense. 

BUILD SMALL                           BUILD SMART                                 BUILD BEAUTIFUL

 

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We use high performance, sustainable materials, both inside and out, and  select products and materials which are not only manufactured sustainably, but which are also designed to support  the micro environment of the building. Efficient  and durable, the materials  are chosen for their sustainable credentials, and  fully integrated, off grid solutions further enhance the buildings' sustainability.  

 

DESIGN CRITERIA

Echo’s  buildings take a wide variety of small site-specific forms, including split level cabins, treehouses and roundhouses, all designed to be prefabricated at our workshop and delivered to site, with all fixtures and fittings in place. They are  cleverly designed to meet,  and exceed, the design criteria for BS 3632:2015 - the legal definition of a residential mobile home. This designation  allows us to create imaginative small spaces and sustainable structures that touch the ground lightly. Most are off grid  and solar powered, and  of course each one is small - from a one bedroom self contained cabin with an internal  floor area of around 30-35m2  to a 55m2 two bedroom, split level house ; each one a distinctive and beautiful small building. 

Design.

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BUILD

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Our cabins and small buildings are all built to order. Each one is entirely designed and built in-house at our workshops, allowing us to keep control of the complete process from design to installation. Our team of skilled and experienced craftspersons  pay close attention to the quality of every detail of the construction,  and the detail in the fixtures and finishes.  Building off-site at our workshop is efficient and free from weather holdups. It saves on costly site time and keeps environmental disruption on site  to a minimum. Each small build can be completed in 8-12 weeks, depending on size and complexity.  

 

 

Once the design has been finalised, and a set of production drawings issued,  the  floor cassettes, wall sections, ring beams, joists and  roof sections are cut out and assembled to create the inner structure, which is then 'wrapped' in thick layers of  natural insulation, sheathing board, and exterior membrane. Windows and doors are fitted and  we  fabricate and fix integrated  lifting points for delivery. We build everything from steel substructures for floating decks and elevated platforms to the bespoke fixtures and furniture inside. We accommodate  a wide range of finishes to meet individual specifications. Once completed , the  building is transprted in sections sections  by road, and often  sea, to its new site.

Your Project

DELIVERING THE PROJECT

 

We work with hauliers and contractors to ensure each prefabricated building is delivered efficiently and safely to site,  where final installation is undertaken by our team. The building sections are delivered with all fixtures and finishes, and assembled ready for final connections to all supplies and services as required.

From the building design and  planning applications to the build and every detail of the interior design, and from the groundworks to the final installation on  site, Echo will  manage all aspects of the design and build process in order to deliver each project successfully  for our clients.

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