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Helen Lucas completes rural retreat in Scottish Highlands

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Edinburgh-based Helen Lucas Architects has unwrapped this £525,000, 211m² home in Roshven, Inverness-shire

The house was built almost entirely from timber – green oak with a Douglas fir frame – for a family from London.

The seaside home features an air source heat pump, borehole water supply and a zinc roof.

Project data

Architects: Helen Lucas Architects
Location: Roshven near Lochailort Inverness shire
Type Of Project: Private house
Structural Engineers: SKM Edinburgh Project Engineer Calum Bennett
Project Architect: Ros Livingstone and Clare Armstrong
Design Team: Helen Lucas Rosalind Livingstone and Claire Armstrong David Anderson Calum Bennett
Client: Mr & Mrs Veitch Hodges
Funding: Private
Tender date: negotiated contract
Start on site date: July 2011
Contract duration: 14 months including landscaping
Gross internal floor area: 211m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: SBCC minor works
Total cost:£525,000 
M&E consultants: Better Planet :renewables and underfloor heating, Highwater Scotland Ltd: Borehole and water supply JIG septic tank and soakaway.
Quantity surveyor: Morham and Brotchie: Alan Harper and David Anderson
Lighting consultant: N/A

Main contractor: Dà abhainn Ltd  (Alasdair Carmichael)

Selected subcontractors and suppliers: Green oak and douglas fir frames by Carpenter Oak and Woodland (Scotland); windows and doors by Rational ADW; Hot Tub by Urban Cedar Hot Tubs; Kitchen by Craighead & Woolf; Pavatex Insulation materials and Sega airtightness tapes and advice  by NBT ( Scotland: John Rennie); Siberian larch cladding and oak flooring by Russwood; Zinc roofing by Artisan

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