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The Pea Hut

The Pea Hut

A hut. An art studio. A home office. A climate refuge. A proof of concept. Built in 4 months for $35k, this is a demonstration of my philosophy of comfort and energy efficiency.

By mid 2023 I had been working as a home energy assessor but lacked any hands-on construction experience. So when my daughter dreamed aloud of an art studio space, I ran with the idea. I was also frustrated by the coldness of my house in winter, even after all my efforts at rectification. Here was an opportunity to do it right - to make a truly comfortable and efficient space from the ground up.

This is not professional advice. Always follow relevant regulations and follow manufacturer’s installation instructions. In particular, the way I have used wood-fibre board on the roof voids the supplier’s warranty.

Here is a sequence of photos of the construction.

Design
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Build light and tight. Use energy wisely. Be healthy.
Foundations
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Steel threaded rods in concrete footings, topped with gravel.
Timber Frame
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Let’s play structural engineering.
Windows
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Mind blown: windows that don’t suck. uPVC frames.
Insulation
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Wood fibre board + glasswool batts.
Wrap
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PSA: Inside ≠ Outside. Stop uncontrolled air leakage for a better life.
Cladding
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Timber weatherboards and slate roof tiles. Durable, low maintenance materials.
Shading
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Radiation control. External sliding shade screens, plantings, awning.
Electricals
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Wiring up for Heat Recovery Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Lighting, Internet.
Finishing
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Plastering, painting, flooring.
Details
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Schedule of materials with full costing.