No3 Vaul

  • Private Commission
  • Isle of Tiree
  • Completed June 2014

Roots Design Workshop was introduced to the Client as part of the RIBA / Shelter scheme ‘Architects in the House’.  They wanted additional living space in their cottage in the small township of Vaul on the Isle of Tiree.  The Team were appointed to design a solution and manage the project through the Planning and Warrant applications.

The solution was to knock-through the southern gable of the existing cottage and build a new extension.  The new building acknowledged the form, scale and materiality of the existing cottage, and was placed in-line with it to form a terrace; a traditional way of extending buildings on the Isle of Tiree.  The extension reflects its contemporary construction, with thin walls and flush eaves, which contrasts the traditional construction of the cottage.

Internally, on the ground floor the knock-through will become the new Kitchen.  This space will open directly onto the extension, which is a single open space containing the Living and Dining spaces. The Living space is double-height in-part and contains a solid fuel stove and a double glazed doors into the garden.  A new master bedroom on the first floor of the extension and a new Bathroom in the cottage completes the new accommodation.  This turns the existing cottage from a 2 bed to a 3 bed, and adds 30m2 of living areas.

The Team then engaged in pre-application consultation with the local Planning and Building Standards Authorities, which culminated in successful applications to both departments.


Project Team

Client:  Imogen Scruton-Evans & Gordon Badcock
Main Contractor:  Cornerstone Construction
Structural Engineer:  David Narro Associates


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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