Several factors will influence the choice of site, orientation and form of a hut. These include: Climate Subsoil Slope Proximity of trees Watercourses Other buildings Site conditions vary enormously across Scotland: most obviously in the average wind strength, temperature, rainfall, snowfall and sunshine hours. However it is important to appreciate that all these factors also vary locally due to differences in topography, altitude, vegetation type and existing buildings. The soil conditions also vary considerably, ranging from solid rock to fluid sands, alluvial and glacial deposits. You should therefore first assess your site carefully. 

Good practice would be to seek advice from suitably experienced builders and designers if at all possible. You will be using the services of a structural engineer if you are departing from the models in this Guide in any case, and he or she can help with all aspects of design and siting if you ask early enough in your process. Even if you are using one of the models in this Guide you are still advised to seek professional advice (architect, engineer or surveyor) in relation to site factors and how they affect both your foundation type choice and superstructure design.

1000 Huts is a project of the charity Reforesting Scotland, which works to restore and support sustainable communities in a well-forested land.


The content of this site is supplied as good practice guidance only. It is not an authoritative statement of the law or of the policy and practice of the planning or building standards system at the local, national, or case level. It simply sets out what our contributors believe to be good practice for hut builders in complying with the Scottish Government's new regulatory framework for huts. Anyone considering undertaking a hut development should seek their own legal, planning and building advice. 





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