New house, DORNOCH
This four bedroom house, located near Dornoch was completed in autumn 2022. The T shape form allows for a mix of formal reception room, open plan dining hall and contemporary kitchen sitting area. Large glazed areas to the more informal spaces allow for views out towards Struie Hill.
A covered canopy to the rear door provides functional protection whilst the larger canopy at the dining hall patio doors extend the protected area out to the level access patio.
Heating is sourced by a traditional oil boiler with power being generated and stored with PV panels and battery. The high levels of insulation through the fabric of the building result in low heat loss throughout.
The finishes are traditional smooth white render contrasting alongside slate roofing and dark grey timber work, windows and doors.
Main Contractor: JJ Vass & Sons Ltd, Fearn
Photography thanks to @evareids
New house, DORNOCH
This family home, recently completed, has outstanding views out through the double height living space. The house is laid out to allow a mix of open plan social space with volume to connect with quieter more intimate sitting areas and bedrooms.
A covered car port provides direct access to the utility room giving protection from the weather. Above the utility room is a sitting area accessing a mezzanine overlooking the main living room. Two bedroom wings project on either side of the main living space and also incorporate a covered patio area.
Heating and hot water is provided through an air source heat pump, mechanical heat recovery and solar panels ensuring high levels of energy efficiencies and comfort throughout.
The finishes are a mix of traditional white render alongside timber cladding and metal sheet roofing.
Main Contractor: G&R Sutherland Ltd, Brora. Photography thanks to @evareids
Extension to house, HELMSDALE
This house, set is Helmsdale is a traditional property that had been extended with a small flat roofed kitchen. The project involved removing the existing kitchen and boiler house extensions and replacing them with a new open plan kitchen dining and seating area, and new utility room.
The rear of the kitchen is set under a horizontal ceiling whilst the island and seating areas open up to high level ceilings and roof windows providing light and volume. These create interesting shadows and a contrast to the original house.
The extension is close to completion and ready for the owners to enjoy their new space.
Main Contractor: CMC Joinery, Tain. Photography thanks to @evareids
Farmhouse Renovation, GOLSPIE
Completed in early 2020, this ‘L’ shaped farmhouse was renovated and extended to an exceptionally high standard by our Clients.
Internally the traditional ground floor layout was opened up and a new reconfigured stair added. This created an open plan living and dining area within the original core. The kitchen was relocated within the existing footprint and the ceiling height raised providing volume and light. A generous utility extension was formed to the rear and, to the front, a new porch / sitting space was added taking full advantage of the seaward views and natural light.
Renovation and extension to house, near Dornoch
The original core of this “two up, two down” cottage was extended to provide two new bedrooms and a new stair access. The internal layout was reconfigured to extend the lounge space, create a snug and regenerate the previous entrance to become a sunny sitting space.
The care and attention to detail during the construction is evident throughout. The glass engravings are particularly interesting alongside the contemporary aesthetic to the interiors.
Extension to house, Dornoch
This extension provides a contemporary double height living and kitchen space, wrapping around the existing stone villa, to a new rear entrance. The upper mezzanine provides a cosy study / snug area with views out to the countryside.
The new layout achieved a relationship with the rear garden space where previously there was none. The new kitchen links through to a regenerated dining room whilst the rear entrance links to the front hallway. Internally much if the existing stonework was left exposed to become a backdrop to the extension.
Adjmere Cottage, DORNOCH
Completed in summer 2018, this contemporary extension has brought light and life back into the house, creating a new kitchen, dining and sitting area with covered sitting area, all overlooking the private garden. Exposed Douglas Fir roof beams and polished concrete floor provide a contrast to the repointed stonework. The works also included a crafted kitchen top light by a large roof window.
Melfort Lodge, DORNOCH
This project involved the creation of a new house within the garden ground of the family home. Sutherland Road comprises a collection of large stone built detached villas close to the boundary of the Conservation Area.
This 3 bedroom house is modest in size and adopts traditional proportions whilst utilising a mix of stone, smooth render and larch cladding. The front elevation presents a formal façade to the streetscape, continuing the building line, whilst the rear opens to the private garden with large areas of glazing and a glazed covered canopy.
The Kyle Centre, TONGUE
The Kyle Centre, Tongue is a community health and well-being hub run by North Coast Connection. This popular service grew in demand but the existing building was lacking in space and facilities.
The project saw the building completely renovated and reorganised internally. Multi-use spaces were carved out of the existing footprint and supported by two modest extensions; a rear extension providing sanitary and enhanced catering accommodation and new entrance porch providing a much needed windbreak from the weather. The sun lounge extension to the west, provides a generous new gathering space to enjoy the dramatic views over the Kyle of Tongue and Castle Varrich.
This 4 bedroom detached home was completed at the start of 2017. Built on a T shaped plan, a generous central hallway provides access to the kitchen / dining room, lounge, guest bedroom and utility at the rear of the house. A feature oak stair leads to 3 en-suite bedrooms on the first floor.
The owners purposely employed respected local Contractors for all aspects of the build.
Highly insulated external fabric and underfloor heating fed from a heat store cylinder have resulted in a modern, comfortable home designed and furnished for easy living. Of note is the Welsh slate roof completed by Mackay Builders of Lybster.
Forever Cottage, TAIN
Completed in summer 2015, this compact three-bedroom bungalow was built to a highly insulated standard and finished in a mix of render and timber cladding to the walls and profiled metal sheets to the roof. The lounge faces south and benefits from the solar gains and an open elevated view. The car port provides undercover access to a workshop direct from the utility room. The heating system utilises an air source unit and PV panels feeding into a heat store.