Living Large In Small Spaces - Brockloch Tree House

Fortieth post in the series 
"Living Large in Small Spaces"

Welcome friends to Living Large In Small Spaces. Today's edition is very special to me, for it's the 40th post of the LLISS series. To all of you who faithfully come here for a weekly dose of small but large living, thank you. Your visits and kind words keep me inspired to seek out and share small homes and the stories behind them. And to anyone popping in for the first time, thanks for joining me; I hope you'll make this a regular stop.

I love treehouses. When I was a kid my dad nailed a simple wooden platform up in the niche of an old oak tree and proclaimed it "The Kids' Treehouse". My siblings and I had tons of fun playing amongst the branches and leaves in that cool summer retreat. 

The Brockloch Tree House is a far cry from my childhood treehouse, yet its sophisticated design maintains a bit of childlike whimsy. 

Designed and built by Sam Booth and his company EcoLiving, Brockloch Tree House is located on George and Julie Nicolson's picturesque working farm in Scotland's Galloway region. 

The off-grid retreat is comprised of two corrugated tin and timber-clad pods resting on eleven locally-sourced larch pole legs. A third tiny pod below houses the home's services.

A galvanized steel staircase leads to the entry, which opens into the intimate living space. In keeping with its size, the Tree House furnishings are small in scale.

Two drawers under the double bed and a blanket box at the end of it provide storage. A recessed shelf in the wall gives more visual interest and a place to stow books.

A multitude of tiny windows set into spruce paneled walls provides gallery-like views of nature and a dappled light show.

A larger window above the bed looks out on the Galloway landscape. Overhead a skylight offers starry views at night.

The hand built, freestanding kitchen cabinet with built in gas cooktop, fridge and butler sink is dressed in pastels. A woodburning stove set in an alcove of soft blue tiles heats the space.

The bathroom, across the hall in the smaller pod, boasts its own skylight above the tub.

A compost toilet (not seen in the photos) sits on the wall opposite the tub. The room's pivot door was designed to hide the toilet while creating an en suite bathroom.

This sketch, which reminds me of a Thurber drawing, shows the layout of the Brockloch Tree House.

The flooring is solid oak board in the living area and small oak tiles in the bath. Floors, ceiling and walls are insulated with sheep's wool. 2 x 250W solar pv panels and battery storage provide power.

You can see more of the unique Brockloch Tree House at the Eco Living website here. I received no compensation for featuring this delightful retreat.

So, what do you think of this small space in the trees?

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 Living Large in Small Spaces

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  1. Oh my, fancy living wrapped in sheep's wool - I love that thought!
    Though somewhat of a tight space, it beats most hotel rooms! Perhaps I could enjoy such as this for a 'getaway in the country' second home, but permanently (with my man in tow) I don't think I could manage!
    I would add another element though - a fabric pull-across curtain, semi sheer to keep things light, to close off the bed during the day. Also I would require a walk-in shower rather than a sunken tub. I love the washbasin, and the pale blue tiled alcove for that darling wood burner.
    Altogether it's an awesome place - and starry skies above the bed at night might clinch the deal!

    Thanks for showing us yet another small but fabulous home Nancy.
    Enjoy your weekend.
    Hugs - Mary

  2. Wow, that is truly unique! I loved seeing inside of yet again another amazing house in your series!

  3. How very unique, perched up there in the trees, it truly is a place to nest! ;)

  4. hi dear friend! Que casa mas moderna y bella , que tenga un óptimo domingo !,

  5. Hi Nancy, another fabulous home. This one would be designed for younger folks that I. Climbing those steps in the winter with arms of firewood would do me in and I'm thinking that they get cold damp winters. I do love the interior especially those small window lights in the wall. I can just imagine the different light shows they put out from morning to evening. I am a fan of uniqueness and you have certainly delivered that with this home. Your blog is so much fun!
    Have a great day.
    Connie :)

  6. My boys would love it!
    This was a true treat, Nancy. Thank You!

  7. Well if that isn't the cutest. Put it on the ground and I could live in it. Put it in a tree and I'd never see the Grandson again!

  8. This is the of the most interesting homes I've seen, Nancy. I love the modern style and the color scheme! I think I might be a little paranoid to live on timbers, though ;)

  9. The interior is super cute although I wouldn't like crawling into and out of that bathtub! Very interesting concept!

  10. Well, this is different. I was surprised to see how much space there was inside. Lovely.

  11. so very lovely. referring to the composting toilet: a few of my friends on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands have composting toilets which they are very thankful for now that well water is scarcer due to weather change.
    The young woman's home on one of the Northern Gulf Islands and Brockloch Tree House are my favourite posts thus far. Thank you for your presentations...

  12. Very interesting Nancy. I think this is great but not sure I would like to live up in a tree lol! A little too modern for me too but I think it is so clever and a great concept for living large in a small place.

  13. Good morning Nancy! I love those bars of light coming through the tiny windows! What a great and adventurous way to live! Happy Sunday Anita

  14. Very unique. I could see spending a weekend there, if you could get me up the stairs!

  15. creative architecture .. not exactly my cup of tea.
    but i ♥ the light coming through the skylight and windows,
    and the ease in style. :)

  16. Sweet Nancy! Oh you dear heart, came to my blog. Thank you. Our trip to Carmel for our third decade of marriage was so special. It is a magical place if you've never been there....the oil paintings acquired at some of many art galleries there. The ocean is indescribable. Aqua, rough, cold, alive. And thank you for coming by my Instagram! HUGS TO YOU DEAREST NANCY! Anita

  17. The design is very interesting and well thought, but I'm not sure I could live so far away from the ground.

  18. It looks like a camper from the 50s with the wheels removed. I couldn't live there because I am afraid of heights. My late husband would have loved living there though.

  19. Really what can one say more than it does look like a vintage camper frame. The style isn't me, but heck that's why everyone gets to do their own thing! It's a great, serene feeling space to spend time in. Thanks for sharing!

  20. I love this, so creative. My first thought when I saw them was that they had the shape of a vintage RV from the outside.

  21. Hi Nancy!
    Congrats on your 40th AMAZING post in your series! I have been missing for awhile from blog land and will now try and catch up with all that has been happening on your site. My plans is grab a cuppa and a few hours very soon to enjoy.
    Hugs and wishing you a beautiful day!
    Linda from Beautiful Ideas

  22. Oh my goodness, that brings living large to a whole new level! I think this is a dream for the child in all of us!!


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