Nature lovers looking to construct their own sustainable off-grid getaway are going to love the new flat-pack Surf Shack shelter designed by the Backcountry Hut Company. The new pre-packed assembly system is similar to the company’s previous models, but now offers a variety of cladding options as well as the possibility to install a fully-glazed wall and a beautiful deck space, all designed to make living in the wilderness a breeze for those wanting to reduce their footprint.


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Vancouver-based Leckie Studio Architecture + Design founded the Backcountry Hut Company in 2015 in order to give people the ability to build their own flat-pack eco-shelters that have little-to-no ecological impact. Founders Wilson Edgar and Michael Leckie based the company’s ethos on the IKEA model of providing affordable, well-designed products for the masses. Instead of providing flexible furniture for tiny apartments, however, the BHC focuses on creating simple, recreational structures that can be installed in virtually any remote location.

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Like their previous models, the new Surf Shack is a flat-packed system that’s designed to be assembled on site. The prefab “kit of parts” consists of an engineered wood post-and-beam skeleton infilled with prefabricated panels, and an easy nail-on window system. However, the new and improved “shack” comes with alternative cladding options such as faded cedar siding. It’s also possible to install a fully-glazed wall, as well as an outdoor deck that extends from the interior living space.

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Designed for easy assembly, the system can be erected on any site that is accessible by truck or helicopter. Once delivered, the parts can be put together by lifting the prefabricated walls and roof panels into place and using a simple pulley and winch system to hoist them into place. Since they are modular, various packs can also be combined to increase the floor area, add bedrooms, etc.

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