Katie's Cottage

Location: Balephetrish, Isle of Tiree

Client: Ian & Elspeth Gillies

Type: Sunroom Extension

Completed: January 2012


Contractor: John MacKinnon Builders (Tiree)

Structural Engineer: David Narro Associates

Quantity Surveyor: Morham & Brotchie (Edinburgh)

Photography: Sebb Hathaway

Roots were invited to propose design solutions for a contemporary extension to this traditional Tiree white house.  The key motivation behind the extension was to gain better views of the adjacent beach and bring more natural light into the house. 

The key feature of the proposed sunroom was a cantilevering corner that supported the roof. This enabled us to effectively make the corner of the room nearest the sea disappear completely by means of a sliding glazed screen.  This adds a 270 degree view of the landscape from the room.

Great care was taken to ensure the profile and proportions of the new sunroom would be as neat as possible. The green external cladding was chosen to tie in with the existing porch.

Understanding the exposed location of the site, integrated external shutters were designed to seamlessly pull across the outside of the sunroom to offer additional protection from Atlantic storms.  This effectively adds an additional layer of armour to the house in winter.

GIA Design Award Nomination 2012 – ‘Small Works’

We are more than satisfied with the work undertaken by the Roots. 

From initial conceptual ideas and sketches, to full planning consents, building warrant, tendering and project management, Roots have demonstrated a meticulous attention to detail, extremely effective communication skills, and above all, a keen awareness and appreciation for our requirements as their clients. The completed project is everything that we hoped for, and fully mirrors the initial draft sketches and drawings.

We have found that Roots are particularly skilled in negotiations with Planning and Building Control officers, which was very important to us, because of the potential problems that we may have encountered while negotiating a contemporary extension to our traditional dwelling.

We would thoroughly and without hesitation recommend Roots to any organisation or individual looking for practical, high quality architectural advice.
— Ian & Elspeth Gillies