Heather View

  • Private Commission
  • Isle of Coll
  • 2009 - 2011

Roots Design Workshop was appointed by a local family moving back to the Isle of Coll who wanted to upgrade and extend their traditional stone cottage.

The team’s solution centred around a new extension that respected the existing cottage’s form and materials externally, and internally allowed for greater and varied spaces. So, the eaves, ridge and building line of the extension are all set-back to respect the original house, while a subtle contemporary contrast is offered by details such as a smooth render, metal flue and recessed entrance.

The cellular rooms in the existing house have been made into bedrooms and a bathroom while the new extension provides a contrasting open-plan kitchen, dining and living room. This new space is split-level; the kitchen and dining are at the front, heated by a Rayburn and enjoy a full-height exposed roof structure of glu-lam purlins. The living room, which is three steps below the kitchen, has a lower roof and South-facing sliding doors.

Residents on the Isle of Coll have commented that the architecture of the extension sits comfortably next to the original cottage and the other houses in Uig.

Roots Design Workshop was part of a larger project team that included Engineer Goodson Associates from Glasgow and Contractor Patrick Rutherford from the Isle of Coll.


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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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Heather View, Isle of Coll