Archive for the ‘Lifestyle Products’ Category

Roof-Top Hot Tub

Posted on: October 31st, 2015 by Barley Store

The Hot Tub up on the roof is finally ready to go, and doesn’t it just look fantastic!
Just like the theory of the rest of the house, it has the ability to be a cool plunge pool in summer, and a steamy spa during winter.
The cedar smells wonderful, and the Hot Tub from Ukko Hot Tubs that was installed so long ago is now in full use.

Hot Tub


Posted on: October 28th, 2015 by Barley Store

Dyson have come on board with the Project, supplying us with a V6 Absolute Handstick Vacuum! The V6 Absolute from Dyson is the perfect vacuum for the small spaces of the 5×4 House

Changeable heads to suit the cleaning environment

Changeable heads to suit the cleaning environment

Dyson-designed tools remove dust, dirt and allergens from hard-to-reach places around the home – and we have more than a few hard-to-reach spaces.  

Television Installed

Posted on: May 12th, 2015 by Barley Store

The TV has been installed into its hidden storage unit.
It rises up from under the bench in the kitchen/living area – another effort to save space!
When the TV is out it dominates the space, so it is nice to be able to tuck it away during social dinners or breakfast!

Pop-up TV

Pop-up TV


Hot Tub

Posted on: April 4th, 2015 by Barley Store

Water has been added to the hot tub, completing the final step of the installation.
The tub, crafted by Ukko, is designed to leak for the first few days until the wood expands and fills in any gaps.
With water in the tub, the smell of the wood is filling the top level of the build. The tub has a corona discharge ozonator and an ioniser which means the water will have minimal chemicals.


Cleaning Products – Good for our bodies, our clothes and the environment!

Posted on: January 19th, 2015 by Barley Store

A large part of the 5×4 Project is considering the overall life cycle of the building, so the lifestyle of its residents is very important if the Project is going to be successful. The personal care and cleaning products used in everyday life need to be environmentally developed, with sustainability paramount in their process.
Other things to be considered with these products are the effect they will have once they are washed down the drain, and whether the plastic that their containers are made from is recycled and recyclable!
We have contacted body-care, washing and cleaning companies, and have received support from Nature’s Organics and their Earth’s Choice range, Laundress detergents, as well as Burt’s Bees’ body care range. Whilst these fantastic companies are not the only environmentally conscious companies on the market, we thank them for their support.


Bed and Bath

Posted on: January 6th, 2015 by Barley Store

As with the body care and cleaning products, the fabrics used in the 5×4 Project play an ongoing roll in the building’s environmental impact. One of these fabrics currently being tested is woven bamboo towels and bed linen, supplied by Bamboo Village.


Why bamboo? (more…)

Video Diary: Hot Tub Installation

Posted on: December 13th, 2014 by Barley Store

A quick time-lapse of the hot tub being installed. due to its size and weight it had to be installed very early on in the build. See the time-lapse below, or head to our YouTube channel BarleyStore for the full 5×4 Hayes Lane Project playlist.


Rooftop Hot Tub

Posted on: November 24th, 2014 by Barley Store

Ukko has arrived with the hot tub. The hot tub itself is made from Canadian Western Red Cedar, and the crew from Ukko hoisted it up to the roof in pieces, assembling it once it was up there. Completely handmade, it is just asking for the rooftop deck to be built around it.

The hot tub is heated by the same method as the rest of the hot water system throughout the building, utilising the geothermal heat pump.