In 2019 Al began making Tiny Homes. I had been following the tiny house movement for a long time and when a friend said they were looking to build one I jumped at the chance.

They approached me as they wanted something with sustainability and low environmental impact materials at it’s core, not just an afterthought. My tiny homes are built on the timeless Shepherds Hut style and built to withstand the Scottish climate. They are built on fully road legal trailer chassis so can be towed with a large 4×4 or van.


I use natural materials as much as is feasible, such as sheep’s wool insulation and Scottish grown timber for cladding, framing and floors. Plus, the build is “plastic free”, avoiding all synthetic and manmade products that cannot be easily recycled, or returned to the earth. Each tiny home is custom made from scratch to the customers exact specifications, so they are fully customisable internally, and I have example layouts to help you visualise the space. A 6m x 2.5m home with double glazing, stove, shower, boiler, electrics, double bed, sofa, kitchen, compost toilet etc costs in the region of £26,000. Smaller models are possible to suit your space and budget.

They take around 4 months to build, once the design and layout is finalised. If you are interested in your own tiny home, please get in touch to discuss current availability. Once the timing for your build is agreed, a £1000 deposit secures the build slot.

Build Slot Availability:

At present I build one tiny home per year, working around croft life in the quieter winter months.

Winter 2022/23: Deposit taken.

Winter 2023/24: Deposit taken.

If you are interested in joining a waiting list in case of cancellation then please get in touch.


Previous Tiny Homes:

Click to view details, photo gallery and video tour of each of my previous tiny homes.


Example Layout

Tiny Homes are all 2.5m wide but can vary in length from 5.4m to 6.6m. 6.0m is the recommended size, for both towability and practical space. As you can see from the example below, a lot can be comfortably fitted into the space with careful design. Don’t assume that they’re cramped either, most people’s first reaction on stepping inside is the feeling of space, and I specifically design my homes to be open and spacious.


Options & Customisations

Here are just some of the options that can be accommodated:

Standard Features:

  • Double glazed windows
  • Hardwood Stable Door
  • Double Bed with storage underneath
  • Slide out or fold down dining table
  • Bench seats for the table
  • 3-seater sofa
  • Open plan kitchen & shelves
  • Stainless steel sink, gas hob & small fridge
  • Shower and hot water from gas water heater
  • Compost toilet (bucket system)
  • Lots of storage!
  • Wood burning stove
  • Pine / douglas fir floor
  • 230v basic electrics and LED lighting

Optional Features:

  • Single bunk bed above double (replaces slide out table)
  • Solar panels / off grid electrics (see FAQ)
  • Outdoor shower
  • Decking area by entrance
  • Enclosed porch area
  • Wood burning stove with oven and cooktop
  • Fold down double bed (instead of fixed)
  • Gas cooker (oven, grill and hobs)

Simple Life – Off Grid Model:

  • No mains electric, water or bottled gas!
  • Solar 12v electrics for lighting & charging devices
  • Wood stove with oven and cooktop
  • Stove top water heater with tap (in addition to a kettle!)
  • Indoor or outdoor “bush shower” (bucket system)
  • Compost toilet
  • Underfloor mounted cold store (charcoal cooler)
  • 12v mini fridge for milk etc (summer use only)

FAQ

Traditionally a shepherds hut is a basic shelter for farm workers to stay near their animals. Now adopted by the glamping movement, they are designed to be quirky, simple, and for occasional use, such as holiday lets. They are usually built on steel chassis with wheels that cannot be towed on the road. My tiny homes borrow the shepherds hut style, but not a lot else! They are fully fitted out and insulated for all year round living, with enough storage for a simple lifestyle. My homes are built on fully road legal chassis that can be towed in the UK and Europe with a large 4×4 or van.

My tiny homes start at around £25k (fully fitted), whereas most of the main UK builders charge well over £50k. The difference is that mine are single storey, with fixtures and fittings kept simple, environmentally friendly and avoiding any complicated features. Why? Well my ethos is to give people a chance to live more simply and for a cost that is reasonably achievable for younger folk. If you’re wanting to down-size, live simply with what you need rather than all mod-cons then my tiny homes are perfectly suitable for all year living. If you want a tiny house with all the features and luxuries of a modern house then perhaps look elsewhere!

Yes! For me, being off grid is to simplify things as much as possible. Solar would provide electrics for lighting, and charging of devices.* Bottled gas would supply the cooker, water heater and fridge. Though you could go further and use the wood burner only for hot water and cooking, and a cold store mounted underneath the chassis. Sounds crazy? You’d be surprised how refreshing it actually is to do away with these things, and it is perfectly comfortable, too, encouraging life to slow down a bit. In this case the cost of the solar system is likely to be cancelled out by the savings in appliances and mains electrics.

*If you wanted a solar setup to power “normal” appliances, this would be very expensive to install in the UK climate, and unlikely to be fully reliable in the depths of winter.

No, sorry. Our electric car would not be happy with this! My homes are supplied “ex-works”, meaning you will need to arrange for pickup from my workshop. You could hire a pickup and tow it yourself, or pay someone else to tow it for you. We do have companies available locally able to do this who we can recommend but we have to insist that you organise this (and associated insurance) yourself.

Once on site, setup is fairly simple, leveling the home with jacks and blocks. However I am happy to come to your site to help with this if you would like me to for a reasonable fee (Highlands and Northern Isles only).

Yes, I am happy to design a different style of home, for example with a pitched or flat roof. However my homes are designed for the highland weather and so are single storey due to the wind loading on taller homes – so mezzanines and sleeping lofts are not recommended!