No. 2 Greenhill

Location: Greenhill, Isle of Tiree

Client: Alastair & Sarah-Jane Biggart

Type: New Build 3 Bedroom House

Status: Under Construction



Contractor: CKR Island Construction (Graeme MacColl, Tiree)

Structural Engineer: Cowal Design (Oban)

Quantity Surveyor: Morham & Brotchie (Oban)


The Isle of Tiree has a flat wind beaten landscape. Consequently there are few trees and often uninterrupted views of the horizon.  

This particular site offered clear views of two of Tiree's 3 distinctive hills; Kenovara and Ben Hough.  We orientated the house to best exploit these aspects of the landscape.

The gable windows look out towards either Ben Hough in the North or Kenovara in the South. A two storey living space looks out towards the turbulent Atlantic West coast of the island where the sun sets in the evening.  A mezzanine terrace above the living room provides an elevated ocean view.  A spacious upstairs master bedroom has an adjacent ensuite and dressing room, and a generous ceiling height with tranquil island views.

Our clients were eager to include social and activity spaces that catered to the differing needs of the adults and children using the house. The adults can retreat from their open plan living and dining space to a peaceful snug on the ground floor with a wood burning stove and views of Ben Hough. Meanwhile, a twin bedroom has a ladder leading to hidden attic space for the young adults in the house.

Our clients were inspired by minimalist and contemporary house designs.  On this design we endeavoured to produce a building that was a similar size to a traditional Tiree White House to gain the space desired by our clients and elevated views over the landscape.  

The exterior design of the house is a synthesis between the traditional Tiree White House, Agricultural Barn and two-tone Blacktop House. Using a similar form to the White House we have opted to use timber cladding which references the agricultural buildings on the island. The upper half of the building is clad in a blackened timber with pale timber underneath in a nod to traditional black-top houses with black felt and tar roofs and white-washed stonework walls below.