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7/3 East Trinity Road
Edinburgh, EH5 3DZ
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Front (north west) elevation Rear (south east) elevation Dining room corner window Entrance porch View to front door
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Douglas fir frame during construction Douglas fir frame during construction Guest bedroom during construction Bedroom during construction View from site to Sgarasta beach
House at Sgarasta Bheag, Isle of Harris
This project is for a new-build family house on the south western side of the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides.

A large open plan kitchen/dining/living area on the ground floor opens up to the spectacular views of Sgarasta beach and the distant mountains while the rear of the house is dug into the steeply sloping site. Three bedrooms and a study on the first floor have large windows facing towards the views.

The exterior is clad in a masonry base course using local stone with render above and a slate roof with zinc-clad dormer features. The house was constructed as a self-build by the client using a Douglas Fir post-and-beam structure with substantial amounts of recycled newspaper insulation. The facility will be built in to connect a wind turbine in the future.

The project obtained Planning Permission in October 2007, in only two months.

Size 192 sq m
Budget 150,000 / 165,000 Euros
Start February 2007
Completion May 2011