After running our bed and breakfast for several years and the renovation of the old house, we were ready for a new project.
We wanted to expand our capacity: appealing to larger groups, travelers with pets and those wishing to be more independent with self-catering. We also wanted to develop our business in a sustainable, green way.
Ali has a passion for self-building and using natural materials. Taking inspiration from designs of intriguing tiny homes, huts and cabins from around the world, his interest in sustainable timber framing dates back to before we had the bed and breakfast (or children).
Having worked in the past with stone, Ali developed his woodworking skills by working with some time-served joiner friends who were working on larger timber-framed projects.
It took a couple of years for Ali to come up with a design he was happy with. We had started with a basic idea, but it soon became clear these were going to be more than the basic glamping hut! Describing them has proved a bit tricky and we've finally settled for the term Eco Microlodges. We applied for planning ; there were a few issues but finally in 2015 we were ready to proceed.
Groundworks commenced. A new drive and access to the plot was needed, a huge septic tank was buried in the centre of the plot.
Next came the excitement of acquiring a sawmill, then purchasing tons of local timber which were delivered by local foresters to our back garden. A bit daunting as Ali would be moving and milling them alone.
We were on our way!