Location: Balephetrish, Isle of Tiree
Client: Ian & Elspeth Gillies
Type: Sunroom Extension
Completed: January 2012
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’