Tiree

While at Dualchas Architects Photography by Huntley Hedworth

The Tiree blackhouse is unique to the island with a recessed eave and a black felt roof which replaced the original thatch. It is an extremely windy place so there are few slated roofs. This house sits in the centre of the island on a horizontal site. It echoes the scale, proportion and materials of the original blackhouse using vertical larch cladding and a black zinc roof. It is tightly planned with a kitchen/dining/sitting room, 3 bedrooms and shower/bathrooms and a small study and sitting room upstairs. It is extremely air tight and has a heat recovery system, an air source heat pump powering an underfloor heating system and a small multi fuel stove. It costs £500/year to power the house.