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Tigh Port Na Long, Isle of Skye, by Dulchas Architects

[Images + dawings + credits] Scottish private residence

The Singletons had been visiting Skye with their dogs for many years. They love the landscape, enjoy the weather and choose to eat outdoors in all seasons.

They gave us photographs of their main home in Lancashire which is simple and minimal, a CD of their favourite music and encouragement to do ‘something different’. The site has that sense of being at the end of the world, with extraordinary views to Knoydart and down the coast to the island of Eigg.

As there are views on three sides we tucked the bedrooms behind the main living spaces to create a terrace from the kitchen for morning light, a terrace from the dining space for afternoon light and a terrace off the main bedroom for evening light.

The design creates two distinct forms with a stepped foundation, corresponding to the slope in the landscape, to give additional height to the main living space and to allow views from the kitchen, across the dining space, to Eigg.

The proportions, massing and siting are derived from traditional forms; narrow in span and tight to the ground. It is clad in a skin of narrow larch. Despite its obvious abstraction from the local vernacular it remains responsive to site and brief and conjures a sense of place.

Mary Arnold-Forster, principal architect, Dualchas Architects

Building profile

South-west aspect · 
Passivent assisted ventilation
Living 45m2
Bedroom 1 15m2
Bedroom 2 14.3m2
Bedroom 3 14.8m2
Kitchen 21.5m2
Storage 10m2
External space 49m2


Start on site July 2008
Completion June 2010
Gross internal floor area 180m2
Form of contract MW/Scot (revised May 2006)
Total cost £399,000
Cost per m2 £2,217
Client Liz and David Singleton
Architect Dualchas Building Design
Structural engineer Hannah Reed
Main contractor Neil MacKay & Co

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