The Backcountry Hut Company


The Backcountry Hut Company was founded to assist individuals and organizations in the design and construction of affordable outdoor recreation structures. The four cornerstones of the business are: function; quality; sustainability; and value. The hut prototype was created for the benefit of the outdoor enthusiast, outdoor clubs, alpine associations, and backcountry lodge operators.

Inspired by the idea of IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad of providing affordable well-designed products ‘for the many people’, The Backcountry Hut Company provides a turnkey solution to housing through the provision of a flat pre-packed assembly system with the following characteristics:

Prefabrication - the ‘kit of parts’ hut system is designed as an engineered wood post-and-beam skeleton that is then infilled with prefabricated panels. A simple nail-on window system is provided.

Ease of Assembly - the whole assembly can be erected by volunteers in the tradition of the community barn-raising process. The prefabricated wall and roof panels are sized to be lifted by hand and hoisted into place using a simple pulley and winch system.

Modularity / Scalability - the basic structural module is designed as a 10’ increment. Modules can be combined to create increased floor area for additional sleeping quarters and living spaces.

Minimal Site Work - the system is designed to be deployed on any site that is accessible by truck and / or helicopter.

Mass Customization - there are a range of possibilities for interior fit-out options and exterior finishes.

In addition to ‘backcountry’ applications (i.e. without road/vehicle access), the hut prototype has received considerable interest from private individuals who are looking to erect prefabricated structures on both rural and urban ‘front-country’ sites (i.e. easily accessible by vehicle). The Backcountry Hut Company system affords the opportunity to furnish the modular prefabricated shell with an interior that supports full time residential occupation. In this scenario the hut works as a small structure that can be understood as part of the Tiny House Movement.

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"This project is beautifully done. It’s careful about its openings and its allocation of solidity and enclosure, but you don’t get a sense of claustrophobia. The modules combine to make very handsome structures that are beautifully illustrated in the presentation."


2017 Architizer A+Awards for the Unbuilt - Private House (S <3000 sq ft), 2017 Finalist

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