When Sam Booth was asked about planning permission for a static caravan to generate income as a holiday let for a Galloway farming couple he came up with much more attractive proposal. Instead he offered to build something that would be more in keeping with the surroundings, that met the same planning conditions and could be built for the same budget so long as he kept the design rights. Brockloch Bothy (pictured at the end of this article) was the result. After the project was picked up by Channel 4’s ‘George Clarkes Amazing Spaces’, the Echo Living workshop was established at Clarebrand in Dumfries and Galloway.
The company completes ‘exceptionally beautiful small buildings’ in the workshop, even down to the paintwork, before transporting them to the final locations. Designed to work off grid, the solar panels, log burning stoves and composting toilets, mean they can be located in remote rural sites. The Galloway couple, George and Julie Nicholson liked their Bothy so much that they also commissioned the Brockloch treehouse, below.