The Old Mill

  • Private Commission
  • Isle of Tiree
  • Oct 2009 – Aug 2011

The clients came to us for ideas on how to transform a derelict Mill building they owned into a modern four bedroom family home. The key issues were to fit all the required accommodation on the site and how we treated the existing building.

We all agreed that the Mill should be treated sensitively and, using traditional techniques and materials, be restored to its form grandeur. To assist with the accommodation and to free-up the interior we added a three bedroom extension to the rear. The result is a dramatic fully open living space in the principal part of the Mill that encapsulates the scale and character of the building.

The annex contained the service spaces on the ground floor and a master suite on the first floor, accessed off a mezzanine that overlooks the living room. To improve the building’s environmental performance we re-lined the external walls with extra insulation and incorporated a heat exchanger. We believe this project goes a long way to preserve a valuable piece of the island’s cultural and architectural history.


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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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The Old Mill East Elevation, by Roots Design Workshop