Dunsmore House, Ardross

These two bedroom houses are situated within a woodland site. The houses were designed to accommodate two families building their first homes.

The houses have a good southerly aspect and were designed as 'upside down' houses with the open plan living accommodation on the upper level, allowing maximum solar gain and distant views. Service areas and bedrooms are located on the ground floor.

Constructed entirely from local timber such as Scots pine, Scottish larch, spruce and Douglas fir the houses represent a regional response to the materials available. Southerly glazing, sheeps wool insulation and airtight detailing ensure the houses stay warm. Space heating is achieved via wood burning stove and water heating via solar collectors which are also linked to the stove.

In order to minimize cost and wastage the houses were designed to incorporate modern methods of construction and were build in the MAKAR workspace with the superstructures being erected on site within three days.

The houses are finished externally with Larch cladding and profiled roof covering.

This project features an acetylated ground beam as part of it construction.  Click here to find out more.