the project

One of our director Tom Robinson’s favourite architectural challenges is designing sympathetic architecture on Scotland’s idyllic west coast islands. So, we were delighted to take on this project, for the redevelopment of a traditional Scottish cottage in a stunning shore setting on the isle of Jura. The plan requires replacing a dilapidated existing house, but keeping in place the nearby stone remains of a former crofting cottage.
It’s a fascinating proposal, as there have been dwellings on the site from at least the early 1800s and possibly far longer. Conversion of the existing house is not viable, due to its advanced state of disrepair. Our design proposal is for a typical white Highland-style cottage with slate roofing, yet with 21st-century comforts, attention to sustainable building methods and energy efficiency, including substantial insulation and heat-pump technology.

How we worked

The positioning of the new 3-bedroom 1½-storey cottage is directed by the site’s topography, which features a large cliff to the north and expansive panoramic ocean views to the south, with engineering in place to avoid a 1 in 250-year flood risk. All principle living spaces will benefit from the natural light and fantastic views. 
The central section will feature a spacious open-plan living and dining space on the ground floor, with the master suite and second guest bedroom on the first floor. A further bedroom and cosy snug are tucked to the side on the ground floor. And at the southern end is the kitchen and a much-needed boot room.
While the main part of the cottage is in white render, the two low wings will be stone clad, to help break down the massing of the house when viewed from a distance. Where possible, we will salvage and re-use existing materials on site.
The design is in-keeping with the local vernacular, befitting for an area of such outstanding natural beauty. Construction methods will feature robust detailing and high-quality materials.

Success of the project

We envisage this being a very successful project, with a new traditional style home in a wonderful setting, to be enjoyed for many years to come. Where there have already been houses, it makes total sense to continue to have dwellings, built in a sympathetic style, to keep island life strong and sustainable into the future. 

The project has planning permission and action is underway to start on the build.