Julie & George Nicolson, Dumfries & Galloway

“It was important for us to use sustainable and natural materials as we wanted the building to breathe. Claypaint was ideal for the purpose.”


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Not wanting to do just anything with their £30,000 savings, Julie and George Nicolson took a risk and commissioned local designer Sam Booth of ECHO Living to build a one-of-a-kind modular holiday home in the Scottish countryside. The experimental build, which was to be completed with natural products including our Claypaints, was featured on the first series of Channel 4’s George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces.

True throughout to their eco consciences, Julie and George’s farmland cabin was built of sustainable timber, and insulated with sheep’s wool. Powered by two large solar panels which provide just enough electricity to charge a phone, a laptop, and low voltage lighting, the bothy is entirely off-grid. Wool and feathers keep guests warm as they sleep, and the structure is painted throughout with our environmentally-friendly paint.

Julie says that the Claypaints, which have a very natural appearance, helped them achieve the “serene, airy feel” that they were looking for. “It was important for us to use sustainable and natural materials as we wanted the building to breathe. It was ideal for the purpose.” But having slightly underestimated the amount of work there was to do, Julie and George ran out of Claypaint just as the film crew were due to turn up to film the big reveal. “Luckily, Celtic Sustainables were able to post up more paint just in time.”

Now embarking on their next project with ECHO – a modular treehouse to complement the bothy – Julie and George are already wondering which Claypaint will work best amongst the branches. “The Claypaints have withstood the test of time and we will be getting in touch with Celtic Sustainables for more supplies.”

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