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Private House, Fiscavaig, Isle of Skye, by Rural Design

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Local architect Rural Design has completed this all-seasons holiday house in the village of Fiskavaig, Isle of Skye

This small larch-clad house, located in the village of Fiscavaig, eschews convention due to its isolated site. On first visit it was difficult to see how any proposal could succeed if it disrupted the landscape formed by fire and ice, and seemingly undisturbed since the departure of the last glacier.

The decision to lift the building off the ground on small pilotis allowed the house to relate to the wider context - the views to the north and the sun from the south.

The form of the house deliberately narrows to the north, reducing its surface area and focusing the view. The entrance bridge lifts you off the landscape and immediately upon entering you are connected with the distant landscape through the fully glazed elevation to the north.

The other windows are secondary and draw shafts of light into the single volume. Simple timber construction reinforces the character of the house as a visitor in the ancient landscape.

Specified products and subcontractors

Internal finishes to external walls OSB with Aquafire FRC finish to Class 1, www.aquafire.co.uk
Vapour barriers to external walls Procheck
Edge reveals at junctions of OSB external wall Linings and internal wall/ceiling Plasterboard
Linings 12.5 x 10mm Gyproc Styletrim BGM106, www.british-gypsum.com
Windows Severe-exposure-rated, treated timber gas-filled double-glazed units with low-E glass, Nordan www.nordan.co.uk
Woodburning stove Morsø, www.morsoe.co.uk
Timber cladding Cromartie Timber, www.cromartietimber.com
Wall and roof insulation Rockwool, www.rockwool.co.uk
Flooring insulation Celotex XR3000, www.celotex.co.uk
Fibre cement roof Eternit, www.marleyeternit.co.uk
Substructure blockwork Enviroblock EV11, Masterblock (Aggregate Industries), www.aggregate.com
Composting toilet Ekolet VS, comprising pedestal and SS shute, www.ekolet.com
Extract fans to bathroom Vent-Axia VA100 selv 12, www.vent-axia.com
Multi-fuel stove to living room Morsø 6kW

Project details

Architect’s website www.ruraldesign.co.uk
Client Nick and Kate Middleton
Start on site July 2007
Gross external floor area 70m²
Form of contract Scottish Minor Works Contract, Negotiated procurement
Total cost £123,000
Structural engineer AF Cruden Associates, Inverness
Main contractor James MacQueen Building Contractors
Aluminium flashings Neptune Fabrication

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