The Long House

  • Private Commission
  • Isle of Tiree
  • Oct 2009 – May 2010

We were approached by the Client at our October workshop on Tiree. They wanted a modern family home to serve the large croft they owned. We felt it was important the building reflected its rural setting. It therefore adopts a long, low profile that helps to merge it with the landscape.

Its use of large but limited openings and rustic materials also acknowledges the local farm outbuildings. The agricultural theme was continued with a standardised structural timber frame and load bearing external walls. These allow the internal layout to be altered in the future should new occupancy require it. This also gives the building a longer lifetime, making it more sustainable.

The design contains an open plan double height Living, Dining and Kitchen area with access to an external deck at one end and private accommodation at the other. The first floor contains two further Bedrooms, one with en-suite. The strong horizontal lines are balanced by the vertical cladding creating an elegant 4 Bedroom home.


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.

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The Long House