Lochend - Cormorant Lodge
This project is the replacement of a 1980s A frame chalet right on the edge of the Lake of Menteith. The brief called for a dramatic volume to make the most of the uninterrupted views across the Lake of Menteith directly to Ben Lomond. The site has been very difficult to develop due to ground conditions – not a surprise as the reason we had to demolish the A frame was the fact it was sinking into the soft ground! So, this one is on 50+ 6m screw piles and concrete ground beams so hopefully it won’t be going anywhere. Complete and ready for paying customers by the end of 2023
This is alarge family home – next door to Dualt Mor. We are yet again really strugglingwith the ground conditions but it snow all finally filled, retained and foundationpiled. The design has changed very substantially over the life of this project,but in most cases where you redesign and redesign; the end product is alwaysimproved by all of the extra consideration it gets. Aiming to complete this oneby March 2023 when the overseas clients return to Scotland.
The Outlaw Lodge
The Outlaw Lodge is a large (4000sqft) luxury residential building design to cater specifically to vintage car tourism in the National Park and it is located within the curtilage of one of the UKs most renown vintage car dealers. The building is semi-recessed in the landscape with a sedum (green) roof. The design has developed considerably during the build process, with many client-directed changes to aspects of the plan and detail. This has meant very rapid turn-arounds on revisions to ensure the project stays on program and on budget. Aiming for an Spring 2023 completion.
Dualt Mor is a large, speculative, one-off designed large house located in Killearn – helpfully very close to the office. The site has a wonderful setting within a historic walled garden and surrounded by mature trees – however the ground itself is very far from wonderful! We have had to pile the foundations with 16m case driven piles on a network of concrete, cast-in situ ground beams. In addition, many tens of thousands of tons of crushed stone have had to be brought in to form working areas as the ground is so soft. It took a lot to get this one out of the ground – but its now nearly ready for the new owners. Ready for late summer 2023
Millburn House is a 300 sq M one-off house for a very keen self-builder client who also supplies and fits woodburning stoves to most of our projects. Callum approached us in 2018 to redesign a house he had previously got planning permission for on a site in the Scottish Borders. We reviewed every aspect of the previous design that he was not happy with. We then embarked on a process of giving Callum exactly what he wanted - in what he hoped would be the last house he’d ever live in. (Self-builders are committed breed!). What he asked for was deeply personal, sometime eccentric and through our design process, reviews and technical know-how – eventually became the house he always wanted. The building is an L shaped form that affords views towards an open rural landscape in all directions but is shielded from view from near neighbours. The materiality is a rich blend of local natural stones and timbers and the spaces and volumes are surprising in scale. The house is cutting edge in terms of technology with an air-tight SiPs construction system, solar hot water and PV, Tesla home battery and air source heat pump. It goes without saying that it has some marvellous stoves and chimneys! Aiming for a completion...whenever Callum feels like it!