Michael Dillon creates his personal low-cost backyard studio in Kent

Michael Dillon creates his personal low-cost backyard studio in Kent

British architect Michael Dillon has designed and constructed his personal low-cost backyard studio in southeast England utilizing low-carbon supplies that embrace wood-fibre board and hemp.

Situated in Kent, the 14-square-metre constructing offers a part-time workspace for Dillon, who not too long ago launched his personal structure studio referred to as AOMD.

The design centres round pure and recycled supplies, and minimises the usage of concrete, toxins, plastics and glues.

Picture window of home office by Michael Dillon of AOMD
The backyard studio has partitions of blue-oiled Douglas fir

“The Backyard Studio was an train for me in self-building from scratch, and testing how straightforward it’s to supply various, recycled and native supplies,” Dillon advised Dezeen.

“It is not simply an architect’s studio, it is also a seamless experiment into how buildings will be made with out a lot waste and carbon. All this to raised inform my rising follow,” he mentioned.

The architect was capable of preserve prices all the way down to £4,500. He did this by rigorously planning the construct prematurely and minimising materials wastage.

Garden studio with in-built red desk, lamp and plant
The inside is lined with a wood-fibre board made with out glue

“A considerable amount of time was spent researching suppliers to get the best supplies and grouping collectively deliveries,” mentioned Dillon.

“Drawing the challenge up intimately and dealing to straightforward panel sizing allowed for me to chop down wastage and preserve over-ordering to a minimal.”

Rear view of home office by Michael Dillon of AOMD
The constructing has home windows on two sides. Picture is by Michael Dillon

The constructing is easy in kind however options up to date particulars together with blue-oiled Douglas fir cladding, a slender low-pitched gable roof and a big image window.

It has a modular timber framework designed for straightforward self-assembly. Hemp insulation infills the stud partitions, whereas the inside is lined with the wood-fibre board generally known as ESB.

Dillon selected ESB, fairly than OSB or plywood, as it’s made out of wooden pulp with none glue. His goal was to create a “absolutely breathable” construction.

For a similar purpose, he selected chalk-based paint and Marmoleum lino for the inner wall and ground finishes.

The construction sits on foundations of timber and recycled plastic matting. This meant it might be put in with out planning permission, below permitted improvement rights.

Aerial view of home office in Kent by Michael Dillon of AOMD
The partitions are insulated with hemp. Picture is by Michael Dillon

Earlier than establishing his personal follow, Dillon was an affiliate for London studio Mae Architects engaged on tasks together with the Stirling Prize-shortlisted Sands Finish Arts and Group Centre.

The architect now makes use of the backyard studio as his workspace three or 4 days every week and commutes into London the remainder of the time.

That includes a built-in desk, the dual-aspect house gives Dillon a view of a valley and woodland whereas he works.

“It appeared a much more inspiring various to a conventional workplace in a extra city location,” he mentioned.

“It’s a relaxed place to attract and to be artistic, with ample house for making fashions at 1:10 scale and photographing them.”

Exterior of garden studio in Kent
The image window frames a view over a valley and woodland

The architect does not at the moment have plans to show the design right into a self-assembly product, though he expects to repurpose a number of the particulars for future bespoke studio designs.

Different latest examples of backyard studios embrace one in Dublin constructed from recycled aluminium and red-stained beech and one in Maine that includes barn-style doorways.

The pictures is by Rory Gaylor until in any other case indicated.