The Old Schoolhouse

  • Private Commission
  • Isle of Tiree
  • October 2013 - Ongoing

Roots Design Workshop enjoyed working on a significant extension to this house with the owners, one of whom is a local Contractor on the Isle of Tiree and plans to use the project to test new construction method and advertise his craftsmanship.

The original house, which is one half of a former school in Scarinish, is well built but does not have sufficient living space to serve a growing modern family. The extension, therefore, provides a large kitchen and den on the ground floor with a living room for the grown-ups on the first floor. The first floor has a feature dormer looking towards the sea and an open ceiling with exposed roof structure.

The primary construction system will be an insulated polystyrene formwork, which the Client is keen to experiment with. It is expected that this will take less time to build than traditional masonry systems and should negate the complication of bringing sub-contractors to the island. The formwork will be rendered on the front and back elevations and finished with natural stone on the gable.

Construction commenced in summer 2014.


Project Team

Client: Graeme & Lindsay MacColl
Main Contractor: Graeme MacColl
Structural Engineer: Cowal Design


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Photography by Sebb Hathaway

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