Kimo Hut – An A-Frame Retreat For Newlyweds in New South Wales

This project comes all the way from New South Wales in Australia. It’s been dubbed The Kimo Hut, and involved the construction of a small A-frame retreat.

 

The retreat is the latest addition to the Kimo Estate, a farm which has expanded to accommodate weddings and accommodation. It was completed in 2017.

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The Kimo Hut was designed in a collaboration between Anthony Hunt Design and Luke Stanley Architects. It’s set at the top of a hill outside of Gundagai in rural New South Wales. The hut, like all of Kimo Estates accommodation, showcases the beauty of the natural landscape.

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The A-frame structure occupies a plot of land measuring 301.39-square-feet (28-square-meters). Portions of the roof cladding have been pulled back to give way to low windows. This helps introduce plenty of natural light, while also reducing the retreat’s exposure to the harsh Australian sun.

 

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Given the retreats appreciation of the landscape, it’s no surprise that eco-friendly materials were used in its construction. Wood was sourced locally, and all materials needed to be capable of being handled by a two-person team – the owners.

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On the inside, there’s a living area that flows into a bedroom, followed by a bathroom to the back. One of the walls is flanked with storage closets, a bench and a wood-burner. Beyond the glazed end-gable, there’s a sheltered porch that’s perfect for soaking up the views.

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From the designers: “The huts form was inspired by a classic ‘A’ frame tent, which simultaneously provides both refuge from, and connection with, the natural environment…. It is a place to switch off, quite literally, and forget about the distractions of modern life.”

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For more retreats, check out Scavenger Studio, a rustic getaway set among the mountains of Washington State. Or, House with a Chandelier, a tiny floating retreat set on a lake. See all retreats.

Photos © Hilary Bradford

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

2 Comments
  1. Lovely little casita ….. Absolutely lovely! I wonder what kind of insulation the builder used, as I imagine it gets H O T there in the Aussie summers. Also I wonder if the owners might consider planting shade trees around the house — or would that add to the danger of burning from prairie fires that are common in that part of Australia? So many lovely places and friendly people in Australia… These comments are respectfully submitted.
    Stephan of Arkansas

  2. Its certainly unusual i love the combination of openness & the closure found in most A-frame designs. However how would the openness withstand hurricanes we experience in the Caribbean. Large and wide overhangs encourage the lift factor in those gale fore winds. I would love to hear your response to my concerns. Additionally how would i obtain plans for the Kimo Hut. Thanks

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