Smaller container houses that are quite environmentally
friendly are sometimes known as Ecopods. They are safe
for you to live in, and are usually constructed from reclaimed
steel shipping containers. Ecopods may be used for storage,
workshops or living area, and the way you finish them
will be dependent on your intended use.
Ecopods are Eco-friendly, easily designed and they have
many potential uses. They leave a very small environmental
footprint, so they are Earth-friendly. Some companies
have gone further with the basic idea of Ecopods, incorporating
rubber floors from reclaimed car tires. They may also
have their appliances and electrical outlets supplied
by energy from solar panels mounted on the roof. The toilets
are usually composting systems that only require minimal
maintenance, and are very cost-effective, as compared
to conventional septic systems.
Ecopods allow you to add extra space where it is needed,
whether you work from your new home, or need a workshop
or storage area. You can set up a separate area for working
from home, so that you'll have the privacy you need without
being far away from the rest of your family.
Ecopod Design with Solar Panels on Top
Pod People ...
Ecopods have been used for offices, play rooms, summer
homes or art studios. They also make great garden rooms,
where you can enjoy the outdoors. Being Eco-friendly,
these pods make use of a great deal of reclaimed and recycled
materials, and the pod can be blended with your garden
or yard. They are relatively easy to install, and they're
ready for use as soon as they're in.
Pod living is a different way to live, to be sure. Some
pods resemble garden sheds, but others can be made into
your permanent dwelling. They can be made to blend well
into areas that have natural beauty that you don't want
Some Ecopods have a futuristic look to them, with less
conventional design. These can still be made from materials
that are environmentally friendly. You may also opt to
use some traditional building methods along with modern
processes, to make the perfect house for your purposes.
Timber is sometimes used to create a skeleton, especially
if you want a shape different from the storage container
you may be using for the house.
Ecopod with Fence
Blending In ...
Recycled insulation is another way these homes are friendly
to the Earth. The windows and doors are often made from
Green materials, as well. If you want your Ecopod to blend
in with the trees in the area, you can use Cedar edged
cladding, which will blend with the trees as it ages.
Many Ecopods are quite modern in their appearance, although
some incorporate a more traditional look overall. When
they are finished, they can offer you nearly all the amenities
you may be accustomed to in conventional homes. Ecopods
can also be stylish (see photo above). They don't need
to look like storage containers.
The striking appearance of many pods and the environmentally
friendly construction materials and methods make the Ecopod
the perfect place to settle down and become a part of
the nature around you.