Ben More View

  • Private Commission
  • Isle of Mull
  • Nov 2011 - Jan 2012

Roots Design Workshop designed this building for a Client who wanted to build a new cottage on the Isle of Mull.  The brief required economic planning in response to a tight budget, strategies for protecting the building from the worst of the winder weather and a traditional architectural language.

The building was sited on a natural plinth half way up the site’s south facing slope, and orientated east-west so its gables were presented to the prevailing wind and rain.  The form was compact and regular to reflect the scale of Mull’s domestic buildings, but finished in timber and profiled metal sheeting to reflect the island’s agricultural heritage.

The main entrance is within a recessed covered porch on the north elevation and leads to a ground floor with an open plan Kitchen, Dining, Living space, with an exposed solid fuel stove and large patio doors that open up views to the south and Ben More.  The building is essentially a single floor dwelling, with all accommodation on the ground floor, but a stair does provide access to a large space within the roof void suitable for a 2nd bedroom or a study.  The windows are protected with shutters that also give the occupant some degree of control over the environmental conditions within.

Overall, this sustainable design will use simple construction methods and passive, active and green energy systems to provide a durable and comfortable home.


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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.

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