Webuilds creates beautiful wooden bothies. We might be blowing our own trumpet but these innovative living spaces are our pride and joy and we want everyone to know about them. We’ve laid out some key facts and figures below but we’d be delighted to answer any queries in person so please feel free to call us on 07875 322079.
What is a Webuilds bothy?
A Webuilds bothy is a beautiful, bespoke and ecological alternative living space. It is built from local materials which are all sustainably sourced and is hand-crafted to exacting standards. Sometimes referred to as pods, our bothies look equally at home in private gardens, commercial spaces or on campsites.
What timber do you use?
A larch frame and cedar shingles, all cut from managed forests within 50 miles of our site. These carefully selected woods are then seasoned for 2 years before being used, to ensure that once constructed, the timber is unlikely to move or crack.
We choose larch for its fast-growing character, as well as its resilience to rot. (It is often favoured in boat construction for this very reason.) The cedar shingles produce their own oil which gives them an untreated life expectancy of 30 to 50 years. This beautiful timber weathers over time to an aesthetic silver texture, with higher insulation values than any other soft wood available. It is also so weather proof that it doesn’t technically require a waterproof membrane but we construct our bothies with a breathable membrane to ensure a comfortable climate control inside.
How is a Webuilds bothy insulated?
We use a combination of Warmcel™ fibre, Thermafleece™ Superquilt wool and hemp matting to guarantee optimal insulation throughout our bothies.
Warmcel™ is used in the curved roof and floor. Made from 100% recycled newspaper, Warmcel ™ has a high compressive strength, is light weight and has high insulating properties.
Thermafleece™ is used to form an inner ‘skin’ on the bothy, before being clad with our beautiful tongue and groove. This is a highly breathable, natural product produced exclusively in the UK.
The hemp matting used in the vertical surfaces of the face and rear elevations works in tandem with the other products to optimise both thermal and acoustic barriers. Hemp fibres lock in 2 tonnes of CO2 for every tonne of hemp during growth, which remains in the material throughout its life. Hemp insulation also absorbs 20% of its weight in moisture without affecting its thermal performance. We carefully selected hemp, not only for its low eco impact in production and processing, but also because it out-performs other fibre-based products for its thermal conductivity and naturally fire-resistant qualities. It’s also a durable cellulose material that does not attract rodents or provide a food source for moths and insects.
What is a ‘green roof’?
This beautiful and sustainable roofing system utilises grass and local vegetation to create a thermal mass that both keeps you warm and provides a system to support a wide range of plants, birds, insects and bees. By researching the local plant species in your area, we can tailor the roof of your eco pod to provide an environment that encourages local wildlife to thrive. In urban areas, this green thermal mass can also help combat the heat island effect caused by high concentrations of concrete.
By using a quality EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer), this roofing system has a long-life span which is maintenance free.
What kind of glass do you use?
We use argon-filled plantitherm glass panes to ensure a constant temperature control within the bothies.
Is the timber treated?
Yes. We use OS oil. This is a natural, oil-based micro-porous coating that allows the wood to breathe, whilst bringing out its natural colour and grain. Selected for minimal maintenance, this long-life coating is water and dirt repellent and will not crack, flake, peel or blister.
Does a WeBuilds bothy come with fitted electrics?
Yes. Internal and external lighting spurs are used, and two twin sockets are supplied as standard.
Will I need planning permission?
A WeBuilds bothy requires no foundations or ground works. However, the longevity of a bothy means that they are considered permanent structures so planning permission may still be required, depending on your personal situation. As such, we recommend contacting your local planning authority. Most will be happy to provide informal advice by email or telephone.
Do you install the bothy on site or will I need to arrange for separate installation?
Every situation is unique and we will advise accordingly.
Where can you deliver to?
Our bothies can be delivered to anywhere within the UK and Ireland.