Designer Sam Booth has developed an exciting new concept in sustainable construction. His modular buildings can require little or no planning permission and are ideal for use as holiday homes, annexes and garden offices.
Sam said: “The buildings are designed around the principle of 9sq m sustainable timber modules that can be linked together to make larger spaces. Every product we use is specified for maximum sustainability, such as Earthborn paint and sheep’s wool or wood fibre insulation.
Sam’s prototype featured on George Clarke’s Channel 4 series, Amazing Spaces. He had offered the concept to farmers George and Julie Nicolson as an alternative to a caravan for their fledgling holiday home business, Brockloch Bothy, in Dumfries and Galloway and an “off grid” version was selected by Galloway Activity Centre for its new holiday homes on the shores of Loch Ken.
The ceilings and sections of timber wall were left untreated, to weather naturally. Earthborn Claypaint and Ecopro Emulsion were used in high wear areas and to create feature panels, the Emulsion being selected for kitchen and bathroom areas due to enhanced wipeability.
Richard Herman, Principal of Galloway Activity Centre said: “Our centre is situated within a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and the Dumfries and Galloway Dark Skies Park, and we are keen to promote a simpler way of living with respect for the environment. The sustainability of building products used in our bothies is very important to us, so Earthborn Claypaint was ideal. It was easy to use; we applied it directly to the wood and because it gives off no smells or harmful emissions the bothies were ready for occupation by holidaymakers as soon as we’d finished painting. I would recommend it unreservedly.”