The client asked for a one bedroomed house suitable to rent to hill
walkers and other visitors who come to climb the local hills (eg
Suilven, Stac Polaidh, Ben More Assynt) and appreciate the stunning
landscape. Whilst a highly compact floorplan such as frequently found
in a Norwegian hytte with mezanine bedroom would have been ideal,
Scottish Building Regulations led to a 30 sqm solution all on one level.
The space is extended into the environment by virtue of a generous
timber deck and floor to ceiling glazing in the living space.
The house is simply timber framed with sheep’s wool insulation
throughout. It is clad in home-grown European larch from Russwood
treated with Osmo UV clear protector. The roof is in profiled, plain
galvanized steel. Floors are tiled in the living space and bathroom
contrasting with home-grown sycamore in the bedroom. The ceilings
are all lined in home-grown Douglas fir for added warmth and beauty.
The main feature is a floor to ceiling glazed corner facade in homegrown
Douglas fir. The house is heated by a small wood burning stove
with electrical underfloor heating in the shower room only.