Cruachan Blackhouse

  • Private Commission
  • Balemartine, Isle of Tiree
  • Apr 2011 - Nov 2012

Roots Design Workshop have been employed to manage the restoration of a dilapidated Blackhouse. The building (shown opposite) was a constructed in the traditional way for Tiree; built by hand from local materials, with two layers of stone either side of a sand cavity, with a simple timber and felt roof recessed on the wall head.

Despite its current condition it still presents a unique character and a robust structure, prompting the Team to develop an approach that worked with the building. Externally the stone flanks and wall head will be re-pointed, while custom made windows and doors and a timber entrance canopy will be introduced into the openings.

Internally the stone walls will be lined, providing a space for the services and insulation. The cottage will be set out in the traditional 3 room layout, with the Living space opened to the trusses and a large rooflight to create a bright, open space. The hearth, fireplace and chimney are to be restored to accommodate a new solid-fuel stove.


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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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Cruachan Blackhouse