Fraser House, Strathconon
Area 222 sq.m including 30 sq.m garage
Build cost to wind and watertight £160k
A new house on a steeply sloping north facing site in Curin, Strathconon overlooking Loch Meig. The brief was for a large 5 bedroom house with integral garage/utility room. The house steps down the slope with an elevated single storey element to the rear and two stories to the front. The garage and utility to the side is pushed back with a large concrete block retaining wall to the rear. The upper floor of the two storey element contains an open plan kitchen/dining/living area with large section douglas fir roof trusses and links to an external covered deck which gives fine views out to Loch Meig. Master bedrooms are located in the elevated single storey element with further bedrooms on the ground floor below the living area. The roof is finished in a simple metal profile roof sheet with velux roof lights providing solar gain from the south. The walls are clad with durable homegrown European larch and insulated with warmcel and sheeps wool. All structural timber used in the construction was homegrown and untreated. The house has underfloor heating to the main living area with radiators to the bedrooms fed from a small wood pellet boiler with manual fed integral hopper. Hot water is supplemented by roof mounted solar thermal panels. A wood burning stove provides secondary heating.