Caberfeidh Yurt sits on a steep site on the side of a sea loch in the north west of Scotland It was commissioned and designed not only to compliment the owners cottage by providing extra self contained accommodation for family and friends , but also as a meeting space for communal activities such as yoga and book groups . As with all of our buildings, Caberfeidh Yurt was designed to be prefabricated in our workshop, and delivered to site in two sections, complete with all interior fixtures and fittings. The building was skilfully manoeuvred down the slope to the terrace site where the sections were re-assembled and topped with a sedum roof.
Caberfeidh Yurt is a bespoke, site specific version of the Echo Yurt , and was designed to meet the brief for a light and open space with a minimal aesthetic. The eaves height has been raised , and an east facing, floor to ceiling, double glazed facade, constructed to take advantage of the expansive views of the garden, and across the loch through the surrounding woodland in winter .
The exterior of the building is clad in Scots Larch, and the conical roof is topped with sedum specified for the local area. The interior is lined in beautiful, pale spruce, with a domed ceiling rising above to create a light filled, uninterrupted space, with some beautifully hand crafted interior elements, designed to accentuate the circular plan.
A generous entrance porch in the first of the two extensions, has floor to ceiling storage cupboards, coir flooring, and coat hanging area. The shower room is accommodated in the opposite extension, and is carefully designed to be discreetly accessed from the main space. It has a tiled floor with under floor heating, and has a glass shower screen, rainhead mixer shower, ceramic tray, and back to wall WC; a recessed console has a countertop ceramic sink , surface mounted tap, and wall mirror.
Opposite the entrance , the Hobbit wood burner, with a hot plate, sits on the tiled hearth. Next to the fireplace wall, a bespoke curved kitchenette hangs in front of the glazed facade ,looking through to the woodland beyond; the kitchenette's invisible supports reference the House on Wheels interior . The pale spruce and 'seed' green Formica combination creates the practical but elegant kitchen 'sideboard', with open shelving below and a worktop with inset double hob and deep ceramic sink above. To the side, a wall of shelves, and a pull out storage unit, and small fridge, both concealed within the adjacent wall. Adjustable task lighting is mounted on the ceiling above.
The curved window seat with a shelf below echoes the form of the kitchenette opposite, its minimal design providing a contemplative space with a lochside woodland backdrop . Floor to ceiling shelving at the end of the seat provides space for books and objects.
The wood burning stove with twin walled flue provides extra heat if needed in colder months, although underfloor heating in both the main space and the shower room can provide background warmth for chilly mornings and nights; the Yurt's walls, floor and roof are all highly insulated to retain the heat.
A simple wall panel with sockets for free standing lighting creates a notional headboard or seat back for the contemporary day bed which converts to a double bed and creates a completely flexible, multipurpose small space.