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  • Private
  • Isle of Tiree
  • Completed August 2014

The owners of this White House on Tiree approached Roots Design Workshop to deliver their proposed renovation and extension project.

The Clients wanted to create a larger, more functional and more open plan ground floor for this family home. As part of this, they wanted to maximise the spectacular views of the coast to the north-west.

Initially Roots Design Workshop developed a series of sketch designs. These were used to help develop the Client’s brief by bringing to their attention as many of the possible solutions as could be found, and prompting them as to which were the most desireable.  From this an outline design was created.  The outline design saw the replacement of the existing sunroom and utility extension with larger, contemporary versions. The new sunroom contained living and dining spaces, with new internal connections to the Snug and Kitchen. Large areas of glazing provided the daylight and views the Clients wanted. The new service extension included a Shower room, Utility and Storage; all the supplementary facilities required in a modern family home.

The extensions exhibit the style of the existing cottage, such that the entire complex can be read as a coherent whole.

Once again, Roots Design Workshop is delighted to have developed a simple solution that it hopes provides great benefit to the people who live there.


Client Testimonial

‘Roots Design Workshop supported us throughout our project to enlarge our house on Tiree. We had outgrown the small house we had for twenty years, but we liked its position in Balephuil and the lightness and brightness of the outlook. In numerous discussions with the Roots team, they were very reassuring that with care and imagination we could gain more living space without spoiling its typical Tiree style. They provided a number of imaginative, practical design ideas at meetings and were very supportive of our final choices.

We were particularly impressed with the efficient way Roots handled all the paperwork and details for the project, such as the applications for Planning and Building Warrants, liaising with the structural engineer and builders (John MacKinnon Builders), as well as the application for completion certificate. Roots had up-to-date knowledge of all the regulations and good working relationships with the people involved.

The best part of working with Roots was the frequent communication throughout the whole project. Phone calls and e-mails were always answered immediately and all matters were handled professionally and courteously. They were always a pleasure to deal with in meetings in locations convenient for us. I would recommend Roots. They seemed to care as much about the quality of the finished result as we did.’


Project Team

Client:  Neil & Susan MacDonald
Main Contractor:  John MacKinnon Builders
Structural Engineer:  Cowal Design


Want to learn more?…

If you have a building project in mind, or simply require specialist guidance, please do not hesitate to contact us. We offer free no obligation design consultations to help projects get started, so we would be delighted to hear from you.

Roots Design Workshop is a professionally accredited architectural practice. We specialise in contemporary designs of traditional rural buildings. We have particular expertise in sustainable, energy efficient solutions. We offer architectural design and project management services.  We have experience of working on restorations, alterations, extensions and new builds.  Our Clients range from private individuals to public national bodies.  We work on feasibility studies, planning permissions, building warrants, technical specification packages and can manage building work on site.

Our aim has been to make our services available to the isolated and under-served communities in rural Scotland.

Photography by Sebb Hathaway

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