Salt Creek Rural Retreat is a one bedroom, one bathroom getaway built in 2007, and designed by ARKit. Measuring just 570 square feet (including the large exterior deck), the structure was prefabricated offsite and then transported in several sections to the plot where it was re-constructed as a single living unit.
The retreat is a little bit unusual in overall composition. It features three main areas – two internal spaces that are separated by an external deck. One end of the getaway contains a bathroom with a sauna and a shower room. The other houses the bedroom, and – based on the plans – what looks to be a small kitchen.
The structure makes use ofARKit’s panellized system which is designed to provide the inhabitants with a superior level of internal comfort, while also providing a stunning external finish.
Most prefabrication companies use readily available products by other construction companies to minimise cost and time. According to the architects, ARKit’s system is mostly in-house and they use a durable external cladding in conjunction with “ultra-efficient” insulation to to create a building that is both structurally safe and aesthetically pleasing.
Some other green features of this idyllic retreat include passive design that’s supplemented by high-efficiency technology (no further details on the technology though). They’re incorporated a “water life cycle” into the design through their selection on water systems.
The materials and techniques used in its construction have been based upon embodied carbon life cycle analysis. Volatile Organic Compounds and formaldehyde have also been taken into account when choosing the materials and products in an attempt to improve the internal air quality for the occupants.