Our client provided us with a challenging brief: to transform a semi-derelict building with no utilities on a sensitive site in the Scottish Borders into a comfortable dwelling on a tight budget.
Existing damaged timbers were taken down, repaired and reinstated. The timber for the new structure and cladding was sourced locally. The water is sourced from a nearby borehole. The heating and hot water is provided by a ground source heat pump.
In this way the original bothy is turned into a cloak for a new-build house which treads lightly on the ground. Whilst the new elements are principally visible to the rear, subtle glimpses can be seen from the road.