Eco cabins by Devon based Out of the Valley

View of cabin lit from the inside

Rupert McKelvie‘s education in woodwork began with acquiring traditional boat building skills in the coastal town of Lyme Regis, as well cabinet making. He then graduated in 3D design and sustainability with a distinction from Falmouth University.

He has since worked on a range of design commissions for private and commercial clients from his workshop situated in the Teign Valley, at the edge of Dartmoor National Park.

Portrait of Rupert McKelvie

In 2014, Rupert came up with his first tiny house design, Oak Cabin. It’s popularity gave birth to Out of the Valley. The design and build studio specialises in small wooden structures which can be used off grid in a number of settings, be it a rural escape or an urban garden.

The cabins are eco friendly due to being made from locally sourced materials and British timbers. There is also a focus on off-grid living with the inclusion of green technologies such as solar panels incorporated into the design. Over two years he has planted over 3,000 trees on the land surrounding his workshop.

Oak Cabin

Eco cabin with wood burning stove

The Oak Cabin is a luxurious space, large enough to fit a mezzanine and king size bed. It also features bi-fold doors, solar power, convectional stove and built in log store.

Contemporary wood eco cabin interior

Inside, traditional building methods have been used to create a sleek contemporary space with a high quality finish. The light and bright interior comprises kitchen, panelling and furniture crafted from white washed ash. The bi-fold doors are painted in natural linseed.

Bathroom area of cabin

Eco cabin by Out of the Valley

The outside of the cabin is covered in burnt cedar feather edge cladding and steel guttering. The veranda is made from solid oak with a canvas awning.

Dining area inside contemporary wood cabin

Sink for wood cabin

Nomad Cabin

The Nomad is a micro mobile configurable cabin, built to go anywhere. It’s made with larch cladding, hardwood doors and windows with high load solid rubber wheels, a turn-style front axle on bearings and galvanised chassis.

Contemporary mobile cabin

The inside of the Nomad features an oak desk and the glazed gable floods the cabin with natural light.

Eco cabin window by Out of the Valley

Nomad mobile cabin by Out of the Valley

Estuary Cabin

The Estuary Cabin is also clad in wrap-around charred larch. Due to its engineered corner-less cantilever, the design is perfect for locations that boast breathtaking views.

Cabin with a view

The interior is lined in band-sawn English oak. The 4kw woodburning stove sits on a hand-hewn piece of cornish granite.

Contemporary garden room made from charred larch wood

The kitchen and storage space is made from rough cut smoked oak.

Eco cabin kitchen interior

Black contemporary wood cabin on the water

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Author: Antonia Edwards

Antonia is the founding editor of Upcyclist. Based in the UK, she is the author of two books: 'Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture, Lighting and Interiors' (Prestel 2015) and 'Renovate Innovate: Reclaimed and Upcycled Homes' (Prestel 2017).