(completed while at HRI Munro Architecture

Copyright HRI Munro Architecture)

The brief was to design a new home on an elevated plot, to take advantage of the breath-taking panoramic views extending over the Beauly Firth.  The clients were keen to create an open, flowing internal layout and maintain a minimal materials palette of natural stone and timber with generous areas of glazing.


In terms of accommodation, they wanted a large open-plan kitchen, dining and living area; three generously proportioned bedrooms; and a separate double garage with storage space above.


The house is split into two separate wings to help reduce the overall mass of the building while keeping it sympathetic to its rural crofting context.  The wing containing the kitchen, dining and living areas is angled on the site to maximise solar gain and the views. The second wing accommodates the bedrooms, utility and bathroom spaces, and is positioned to run parallel to the road, in keeping with the local settlement pattern.


Walls are clad with vertical and horizontal timber boards, treated to retain the rich, natural colour, and local stone is wrapped around the lower section of the living wing. The adjacent double garage, which also houses the biomass boiler and PV panels is clad with the same timber boarding, so that the buildings read as one cohesive cluster.