This Scottish house started with just the site, and a quick sketch by the client.
The site is an elevated bare croftland site with views over Dunvegan bay to the Waternish peninsula. It has long views to the north to Isle of Harris and south towards Dunvegan; to the west is a wooded cliff.
The clients wanted an open plan living, dining and lounge but with separate game room and study/sitting room, along with four bedrooms.
The design is inspired by a black shed on the adjacent croft, simple in form and the house was developed out of a desire to lose the bulk of the relatively large building into the shadow of the cliff.
From the road it appears as a simple low agricultural building, grouped around a tight courtyard that offers shelter from the wind and an opportunity to shower before entering the house.
It now appears as a huddle of black farm buildings that compliment the white farmhouse next door … built by the client’s sister.