How to Create an Outdoor Room That Can Be Used All Year Round

A modern bothy
How to Create an Outdoor Room That Can Be Used All Year Round

Inspired by the shelters of Scandinavia and the charming bothies of Scotland comes one of the latest outdoor living trends. The so-called instant garden room hideaway is both a smart use of space and a fantastic way to enjoy life throughout all seasons.

It’s Time to Reimagine Outdoor Living

An original bothy interior
How to Create an Outdoor Room That Can Be Used All Year Round

If the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of the Scottish Highlands are beautiful sceneries of endless green dotted with bothies, you’re not alone. These simple huts that were once a shelter for itinerant workers continue to be an irreplaceable part of Scotland’s innate architecture and are the reason instant garden rooms became a thing in the present day.

Instant Hideaways Are the New Best Thing

A modern bothy-inspired outdoor room
How to Create an Outdoor Room That Can Be Used All Year Round

The idea first came to Annie and Lachlan Steward who own a design firm together. It was during lockdown that the husband-and-wife duo from Scotland realized the importance of having a separate place to recharge or just do your thing. That would ideally be a place that is quiet and not in the house, so you work or study in a different environment than the one you consider home. It gives you the physical separation of the different activities you do in your day. That’s how The Bothy came to be – a cabin designed for year-round use. Be it for working, studying, homeschooling, or just as a place to practice your hobbies, this outdoor yet indoor concept is simply fantastic.

How to Recreate the Style

When creating outdoor structures that have to be accommodating both in summer and winter, it’s best to use sustainable building materials. You can use both a timber-pile or concrete-spot foundation based on your resources and property. Focus on insulation, double-glazed windows, and quality roofing to ensure your bothy will withstand the elements.

A luxurious bothy interior
How to Create an Outdoor Room That Can Be Used All Year Round

Since you’ll be operating with limited space, be sure to plan the purpose and outlay of the interior in advance. Play with light and lighting fixtures to create depth and add chicness to the room. From simple to boho or luxury, your “outdoor room” can be whatever you want it to be. Experiment away!