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This is Iona's own house. It was designed with a distinct north/south, public/private ethos in mind. The north facing public front to the house has small windows to minimise heat loss, and a traditional aesthetic. The south facing private side of the house contains all the family living spaces, most of which is open plan. Extensive areas of glazing have been utilised to maximise solar gain and take full advantage of the stunning views. A Tisun heat store cylinder fed by an oil boiler and solar panels supplies the hot water and under floor heating. The Charnwood multi fuel stove within the open plan kitchen is lit on chilly nights.
The house is currently mi architects' base. There are few offices with such great views of rural Sutherland combined with a great cup of coffee.
This extension created the addition of self contained accommodation onto an existing house. The internal spaces are laid out to focus on the impressive views looking east over the Dornoch Firth. The project ran very smoothly with the only hic-up along the way being the discovery of a 4000 year old burial cist. This allowed the digger driver the opportunity to display his steady hand and skill while assisting the archaeologist with excavations.
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Completed in summer 2015, this compact three-bedroom bungalow was built to a highly insulated standard and finished in a mix of render and timber cladding to the walls and profiled metal sheets to the roof. The lounge faces south and benefits from the solar gains and an open elevated view. The car port provides undercover access to a workshop direct from the utility room. The heating system utilises an air source unit and PV panels feeding into a heat store.
This 4 bedroom detached home was completed at the start of 2017. Built on a T shaped plan, a generous central hallway provides access to the kitchen / dining room, lounge, guest bedroom and utility at the rear of the house. A feature oak stair leads to 3 en-suite bedrooms on the first floor.
The owners purposely employed respected local Contractors for all aspects of the build.
Highly insulated external fabric and underfloor heating fed from a heat store cylinder have resulted in a modern, comfortable home designed and furnished for easy living. Of note is the Welsh slate roof completed by Mackay Builders of Lybster.