Frequently Asked Questions
Prefabricated or Flat pack?
The Bothies are made from fully insulated modular cassettes that bolt together easily to form the finished building. The first choice you have is whether you would like to have the Bothy delivered to you fully assembled or flat packed to be erected on site.
The prefabricated Bothy is assembled off-site in our workshop, ready for delivery to site by low-bed HIAB truck. Installation can be completed in a single day, which minimises on-site disruption and labour costs. For this option, the truck must be able to access and pull alongside the site.
This option is useful for less accessible locations in back gardens or up hillsides, as the modular cassettes can be carried or transported to site by off-road vehicle. The Bothies are extremely quick to erect, reducing on-site construction time and the risk of weather disruption whilst also minimising the impact on the landscape.
Turnkey or Shell Only?
Both the prefabricated and flat pack Bothies can be delivered fully kitted out with internal fittings and utilities, or as a basic watertight shell for you to finish however you wish.
The turnkey solution is the fastest, most convenient way to get your Bothy move-in ready. If you’ve opted for Prefabricated delivery then this Bothy can simply be hoisted into position and hooked up to on-site services. The flat pack option also comes fully clad, internally lined and with all electrics pre-installed, so all that remains is to bolt it together.
Included: Scottish larch cladding on gable ends, engineered oak flooring, light fixtures, electricity points, birch-ply internal lining, mezzanine and ladder.
Not included: delivery, accessories, groundworks, foundations, connection to services, flat pack on-site installation charge.
A middle ground between a self-build and a turnkey project, the shell only option provides you with a water-tight Bothy ready to receive your choice of internal finishes, installed either by yourself or your preferred tradesmen and in a timeframe to suit your budget.
Included: building envelope wind and watertight, including structure, cladding, insulation, windows and door.
Not included: electrical fit out and fixtures, internal lining, hardwood floor, mezzanine and ladder, delivery, accessories, groundworks, foundations, connection to services, flat pack on-site installation charge.
The Bothy is fabricated using a digitally-manufactured building system. In this process sheets of OSB are cut into labelled parts on a CNC machine and assembled by hand into cassettes before being fully insulation and sealed. This system is used for both the prefabricated and flat-pack version of the Bothy.
How is the Bothy delivered?
The prefabricated Bothy is loaded at the factory onto a specialist low-bed HIAB truck. The Bothy is secured and transported to site where it is lifted clear of the truck using the HIAB crane arm and positioned onto pre-installed foundations.
The flat-pack Bothy is loaded as a kit of parts onto a standard HIAB truck which drops the parts on the road side for them to be carried to site by hand or off-road vehicle.
What type of access is required?
For the prefabricated Bothy full access for a low-bed HIAB truck to pull alongside the site is required. To ascertain whether this is feasible the first step is to contact Bothy Stores to review maps of the access route and photographs of the site. The second step is for the haulage company to make a site visit to confirm access is possible. Low bridges, weak bridges, low overhanging trees, overhead cables, narrow gates posts and railings should be taken into consideration.
The flat-pack bothy is perfect for less accessible sites in back gardens or up hillsides, where the light weight cassettes can be carried and assembled by hand.
What foundations would you specify for this building?
We are working with a leading ground screw company to specify and install foundations for the Bothy. The ground screws can be installed in a matter of hours, creating a cost effective, low carbon foundation system that removes the mess created by digging and concrete work. The installation can take place year round and is an ideal system for sites with restricted access.
The ground screw company can undertake site visits to complete pre-installation ground tests, ensuring the correct ground screws are specified for the soil conditions to meet compression and uplift requirements specific to the project.
The Bothy has been meticulously researched and designed to comply with permitted development (Planning) and to be exempt from requiring a building warrant (Building Standards) in most cases. However, as every site has different characteristics, and local authorities follow different guidelines, the responsibility for ensuring relevant permissions are in place must remain with the owner.
If you have any concerns regarding this, in the first instance contact your local authority or email Bothy Stores to discuss your proposed location and establish what action, if any, should be taken.