Off Grid House for Two
Twoflowers is a tiny, off grid, dwelling house for two, designed to sit on a small croft on the banks of a sea loch in northwest Scotland. It is home to a creative couple, designed to accommodate their individual requirements and specifications, and the spaces all have generous views of the loch and are filled with daylight. It has a separate office space with wood burner; a compost toilet with full height window; a kitchen unit with vibrant 60s colour details, six burner gas range and extra hand washing sink for jam making; a walk in wardrobe & dressing room; bed platform; and sitting room with a classic Jotul wood burner.
The house was designed to be delivered to the site in two sections, where it was joined to form a double vaulted, building with an an open plan interior . Larch and corrugate clad, its twin curved roof form echoes local agricultural buildings.
The house has an internal area of approximately 40m2. The spruce panelled interior has twin, spruce lined and vaulted ceilings. Five full height double glazed windows have views over the croft, the loch and the hillside opposite. The covered entrance porch has three bright orange doors , each one leading to a completely independent space. The main door, complete with cat flap, leads into the main house; opposite is the door to a little self contained office; a third door opens on to the compost loo with its own majestic view over the loch!
in the main house, the entrance hall leads into the bright sitting room and kitchen with three floor to ceiling windows and extensive views out over the loch. A Jotul wood burner sits in the heart of the L- shaped living space . To one side is the kitchen with a colourful arrangement of deep, open shelves above and below the worktop, with bright colour panels to compliment the orange Formica worktop. A large picture window makes an ideal dining space overlooking the loch. A coloured wooden shutter and two smaller windows look out along the road The sitting room has two large picture windows and a door to the decking outside. A double bed space sits up under the vaulted ceiling with a separate dressing room behind. Off the entrance hall there is a neat bathroom with a Sitz bath , basin and console with Formica details.
Across the entrance porch is the office - a little refuge with its own woodburner and floor to ceiling window with a view across the loch.
The house has been insulated in all walls, floor and roof with thick sheep wool insulation and is double glazed throughout. 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 are supported on a timber structure which forms a balustrade and log store to the side of the decking.
Planning permission was granted for the tiny dwelling with conditions which included the provision of a driveway and parking space for two cars, and a stipulation that the corrugate cladding should be black. Looking from the opposite side of the loch, the building blends into the hillside, but from the roadside , its little orange doors- a clue to its idiosynchratic interior - glow out from the entrance porch.