OFF GRID HOUSE
Twoflowers is an entirely bespoke, off grid double vaulted cabin on a small croft looking out over a sea loch in northwest Scotland. Home to a creative couple, it was designed to accommodate their requirement for a sustainable off-grid house with a separate self contained office space.
The house was imaginatively designed to meet and exceed BS 3632:2015 criteria and was delivered to the site and assembled from two sections. It has planning permission as a dwelling.
Larch and corrugate clad, with a twin curved roof, the cabin echoes local agricultural buildings. but under its spruce lined ,double vaulted ceiling is an open plan interior, with full height windows taking advantage of the stunning views, and filling the space with daylight,
Three doors under the covered entrance porch lead to a separate office space with wood burner; a compost toilet with full height window and view of the loch ; and an L shaped living space with a a classic Jotul wood burner at its heart.
On one side of the main space , a fitted kitchen with vibrant colour details and a six burner gas range ; on the other, the sitting room with direct access to the deck and the croft. A large picture window makes an ideal dining setting overlooking the loch.
A dressing room and bed platform sits across the hall from a neat bathroom complete with a Sitz bath.
The timber panelled house has been insulated throughout with thick sheep wool insulation, and is double glazed . It is heated with two wood burners and is powered by an array of twelve 250kw solar panels on the south side of the building, the panels supported on a timber structure which forms a balustrade and log store .
Planning conditions stipulated that the corrugate cladding and flue the cabin blends into the hillside, but from the roadside , its little orange doors provide a clue to a warm and welcoming interior .
Location : Northwest Scotland
Client : Private
Internal area: 42m2
Photos : Echo
Status : Built