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AN OFF-THE-GRID
RENTAL
CABIN
BY RUPERT MCKELVI

7 June 2015 |

When British designer Rupert McKelvie moved from London to the country, he established Out of the Valley – the company that creates sustainable, efficient and at the same time attractive cabins for rent.

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This is the cabin available for night rent on the banks of the River Teign, Devon, England.

Little solar-powered cabin is installed under the trees and is nice for two people. Its exterior is made with the Japanese wood processing technique called shou sugi. A black corrugated roof looks wonderful with the wood.

31-year-old designer who was trained as a wood boat builder, studied 3D design and sustainability at Falmouth University. After that he went to London to work as a product and furniture designer. To begin his own practice he decided to move to Devon.

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Chairs by Mark Product of Cornwall as well as burned-wood table by McKelvie furnish the oak verandah. The designer says he wanted to have these chairs as soon as he saw them.

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The deck is covered with shade created by a sailmaker. There is a wood stove and solar-powered lighting in the cabin.

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The niche with a window holds a bed of king size off the living space. The kitchen is equipped by gas hob and a cooker. McKelvie says he’s going to apply gray water recycling for the next cabin to not to use gas anymore.

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All built-in furniture was made by McKelvie in ash and oak. He decided to use up to three colors in the interior. “Less is so much more when it comes to the architecture of small spaces; each material allows the next to have room to breathe”, he says.

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The banquette is made from an ash tree by McKelvie’s friend illustrator Bea Forshall.

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The kitchen joins the compact bathroom by a sliding door. The lamp of concrete and glass is the product by London designer Magnus Pettersen.

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We’d like to note the Carrara marble tiles in the bathroom as well as a brass shower head and a compost toilet.

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Reconditioned old brass taps look great on this sink.

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Soon McKelvie is going to represent his first furniture collection Out of the valley that will include sinks with vintage taps and copper pipes.

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The cabin’s windows face a former farm field sloping down to the river available for fishing and dipping. You can see foxgloves and bluebells around the dwelling as well as wood warblers, wagtails, kingfishers, and herons.

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The National Trust woodland surrounds the field.

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Gorgeous view of the starry sky at night!

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