Garden studio prototype


Client: Armstrong Projects Ltd

Location: Manchester

Project: Garden studio prototype

The Project

Armstrong Projects Ltd, a construction company based in Altrincham, had an idea to create luxury garden studios, “pods”, which they could design and build for customers nationwide.

The first pod was built in the Managing Director’s garden as a trial. They chose to make the prototype with Durisol ICF as the product perfectly matched their essential criteria, namely:

  • An innovative construction method which would provide a quiet, energy-efficient, long-lasting and durable building.
  • A versatile build method to facilitate potential future changes in design.
  • A swift build method to enable fast delivery on future pod orders.

The Durisol shell of the eight metres by seven metres prototype pod went up in just a few days. The finished pod includes a fully functional kitchen and shower room, a living/bedroom area and has underfloor heating.

Following successful completion of the prototype, Armstrong Projects launched PODlife and is marketing these pods as a luxury garden studio. There are currently three standard designs on offer – HomePOD, OfficePOD and a part sunken GolfPOD, although bespoke designs are also an option.

Thanks to the speed efficiency of Durisol, typical construction time for the pods, which includes the full fit-out and finishes, is just six to eight weeks. And with Durisol’s thermal insulating properties, the pods will benefit from low energy costs.

To find out more, please visit the PODLife website.

Client Comment

“At PODLife we cannot recommend working with Durisol enough.

Their heat-insulated woodcrete ICF blocks allow us to build our luxury garden PODs quickly and in all weathers, saving time and cost for both us and our clients, who love their durable and cosy-all-year-round garden escapes.

Plus Neil and the team are extremely approachable and friendly and their customer service is fantastic.”

– Chris Hamlett, Managing Director

Project Storyboard


Durisol garden pod
Completed prototype garden studio POD