At Inhabitat, we're always on the lookout for affordable and eco-friendly DIY homes, and this compact off-grid Pump House hits the spot. Designed by Branch Studio Architects and built by the carpenter client, the Pump House is an idyllic getaway in rural Victoria, Australia that's fully self-sustaining. Originally designed as storage space for a water pump and farm equipment, the shed-like structure gradually evolved into a "slightly more extravagant" home made with beautiful craftsmanship.
Clad in black panels of corrugated iron, the Pump House is a small and quiet lakeside retreat that blends a rustic aesthetic with elegant simplicity. The architects and client used a simple materials palette comprising Colorbond iron, low-grade plywood, and rough sawn timber to keep construction costs to a minimum and to show off the carpentry skills of the client, who put together custom doors, windows, and joinery. The warm tones of the unfinished wood that lines the interior provide a sharp contrast with the cool, dark metal exterior.
The off-grid hideaway is fully self sufficient and equipped with rain barrels for recycling rainwater, solar panels, and a wood burning stove as a heat source. Floor-to-ceiling glazing on both ends of the structure opens the Pump House up to sunlight and expansive views, and gives the compact home a sense of spaciousness. Inside, the cozy home comprises a bedroom, open-plan living room, kitchen, and ample storage space.
Images via Branch Studio Architects