An Cnoc

Location: Balephuil, Isle of Tiree

Clients: Susan & Neil MacDonald

Type: Renovation & Extension of Traditional White House

Completed: August 2014


Contractor: John MacKinnon Builders (Tiree)

Structural Engineer: Cowal Design (Oban)

Photography: Sebb Hathaway

Our challenge on this project was to reimagine the interior spaces of this traditional Tiree white house to provide as much open-plan space, daylight and views as possible.

The property is located close to Balephuil Beach and benefits from spectacular North Westerly views over the bay to the Atlantic Ocean.

This island home had been used by our Clients for more than 2 decades, over which time their family had grown considerably, and it became important to them that their house did the same to be used continually by the family.

We presented the client with a series of options for extending and simplifying the layout of the ground floor.  The final design opted for the replacement of 2 small lean-to extensions with much larger purpose built extensions; one a sunroom that expanded the capacity of the living and dining rooms; the other an extension that would house a utility facilities to help omit necessities like white goods and storage cupboards from the kitchen and free-up space within the existing house.

Both extensions were designed with generous openings for windows and patio doors that would provide access to the garden, and views that could be appreciated from well within the existing house.

The sunroom, living room and dining room areas became one large free-flowing space to maximise functionality as a contemporary family home.  

The new utility extension included a shower room for changing after a trip to the beach.  A loft ladder then leads to a new attic snug which provides convenient overspill accommodation for guests. 

This design has improved the quality of the internal spaces in the house without detracting from the external appearance of the traditional house.  

Roots supported us throughout our project to enlarge our house on Tiree. 

We were particularly impressed with the efficient way Roots handled all the paperwork and details for the project, such as the applications for Planning and Building Warrants, liaising with the structural engineer and builders, as well as the application for completion certificate. Roots had up-to-date knowledge of all the regulations and good working relationships with the people involved.

The best part of working with Roots was the frequent communication throughout the whole project. Phone calls and e-mails were always answered immediately and all matters were handled professionally and courteously. They were always a pleasure to deal with.

I would recommend Roots. They seemed to care as much about the quality of the finished result as we did.
— Susan MacDonald, Client, An Cnoc