Sunset Cottage

  • Private Commission
  • Isle of Tiree
  • Aug 2009

The Clients came to us with a challenging brief. They wanted us to develop solutions to update their existing cottage into a modern family home. They required additional sleeping, living, dining and storage spaces for a growing family. However, the building offered little flexibility and the site is small with a significant slope.

The site also has a prominent position within the local township, so it was important to ensure the design complemented its surroundings. Our design was to first integrate a series of utilitarian extensions around the original cottage. These also served to upgrade its thermal performance.

The main extension copied the existing cottage’s shape and materiality to create a mirror form and contained a new open plan Living, Dining and Kitchen space. Following a study of local settlement patterns, the main extension was formed along the same orientation as the original cottage but was offset. This created a series of sheltered landscaped spaces that help tie the building to its site.


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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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Sunset Cottage