Machair Cottage

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

The Clients approached the Roots Design Workshop team with a brief to build a new 3-4 Bedroom family home on the island. They required an economically planned design on a prominent and naturally sensitive site, and so provided a great challenge.

Roots Design Workshop’s solution was this 78m2 building. The form and scale reflect the residential architecture of Tiree, though timber cladding was suggested rather than the traditional render in response to the timber frame.

Inside, a recessed entrance leads to a core off which the staircase to the first floor, the shower room, the open plan Kitchen, Dining, Living space and the 2 ground floor bedrooms are located. All the rooms had a simple form with built-in storage, though the Living room was double height to provide a hierarchy and contrast of space. The first floor contained 2 further Bedrooms and the main Bathroom. An integrated space and water heating system was driven by an air source heat pump, solar panels and a solid fuel stove in the Living Room.

This sensitive, economic and sustainable building will provide the Clients with the family home they desire.


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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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Machair Cottage