The Walton, Kirkapol

Location: Kirkapol, Isle of Tiree

Clients: John & Sharon Graham

Type: New Build 3 Bedroom House

Status: Completed 2017



Contractor: Cornerstone Construction (Jocky Bryce, Tiree)

Structural Engineer: Cowal Design (Oban)

Photography: Sebb Hathaway


The Walton is a new build house designed as part of a two-house development for a family in Kirkapol.

The house was designed as a sister to Aurora  on an adjacent plot .  The site overlooks the long white sandy beach of Gott Bay and each house was positioned so that each property could enjoy uninterrupted views to the sea.

The brief established that our clients were looking for a large volume of space within the house design.  

Knowing the area, we understood that traditional white houses are ubiquitous in this part of the island.  We undertook a comparative study of gable wall widths, dormer windows and porch styles of surrounding properties to ascertain how we could produce a design that shared similar proportions to neighbouring traditional homes and therefore looked as though it belonged on the site.

Rather than design a house that was uncharacteristically large for the area, we developed a design that would look like a traditional white house which had been extended in time.  This helped to break down the overall size of the house so that it would fit in with more traditional house typologies.

The completed house features a living room with dramatic views over Gott Bay.  Whilst having the characteristics of a traditional white house on the exterior, the interior by contrast is bright and spacious with open plan kitchen/dining space and underfloor heating.