Off Grid Pyramid Pods
Burnhead Bothy sits on the side of the Campsie Fells north of Glasgow. Burnhead Farm is a working farm and sits on the edge of a Site of Special Scientific Interest, rich in fossils and geological features. The Bothy meets the legal definition of a mobile home, and was delivered as two prefabricated sections and lifted onto the preprepared site. The owners were inspired by their stay in the Bothy on Brockloch Farm, and wanted to provide a similar experience for their visitors. Designed using the pyramid pod module, it provides accommodation for 2 - 4 people, with one separate double room.
The Bothy is double glazed using high performance Velfac windows, sliding doors and door. Velfac's slim window section, and aluminium and timber finish compliment the minimal aesthetic of the building With generous patio doors, slot and ribbon windows, each room is not only naturally lit , benefitting from solar gain , it also has beautiful panoramic views of the farm, the hills and the city of Glasgow. Skylights provide daylight which floods the pyramid ceilings and spaces below and offers views of the stars at night.
As the site is remote with no power supply , the Bothy is off grid and is solar powered; three solar panels are mounted on a separate structure located beside the building. Bottled gas is used for cooking and a wood burning stove provides extra heat in winter for year round use., and the water supply comes from a natural spring in the hills.
Pale spruce panels line the interior and the natural wood grain finish brings the outdoors in. The mellow palette is complimented by soft coloured panels of breathable organic claypaint which articulate the spaces; oak and neutral coloured tiled floors add to the natural feel. The exterior cladding is untreated Scottish Larch, a durable home grown timber.
The Bothy is designed with a 'breathing' wall construction, and is insulated with sheeps wool in all walls, floor and roof. This creates a comfortable, environment all year round, regulating the surrounding atmosphere and and protecting the building's timbers .
On the north side of the building, the entrance has an external porch for storage of bottled gas and logs. The Velfac entrance door opens onto to the lobby with a set in coir mat, coat hanging alcove and floor to ceiling storage. Off the lobby, double doors open onto a double bedroom to allow the view through to the hills to be seen from the living space. The Bedroom has a patio door which leads onto a secluded decking area to the west side of the building, and the room has a full length mirror, bedside tables, bedside lighting, shelving and a hanging recess.
Opposite the bedroom, the shower room is spruce lined with brightly coloured Formica shower detail, rainhead shower, glass door, Hanex console and basin, mirror and back to wall WC. A floor to ceiling slot window with opaque glass brings natural light into the small space; a cupboard sits flush to the wall and discreetly houses the gas water heater.
In the living space, the kitchen unit at the far end is of a bespoke design, with a Hanex solid core worktop and surround, and birch ply doors which compliments the spruce-lined living space. A gas hob, gas oven, undermounted sink and fridge are housed in the unit which sits elegantly off the the tiled floor. A ribbon window above the worktop frames views of the farm and across the hillside. Shelves and walls have feature colour panels selected by our client .
A Hobbit wood burning stove sits on a tiled hearth in the living room at the heart of the building . A ribbon window looks out over the farm to the east, and two large, south facing, sliding doors open onto timber decking where you can sit and take in the panoramic views of the farm on the hillside, and the Clyde Valley and Glasgow's skyline in the distance.