Garden Cottage was formed on the site of the original Quinish Estate gardeners cottage which had evolved from a collection of single storey elements radiating from a traditional stone cottage. Due to the condition and limitations of the existing house, which restricted the opportunity for continuous insulation, natural daylighting, and damp proofing; we proposed to completely demolish this and re-build with a new house design of similar massing, form, and relative proportions to the original. A mix of traditional materials was employed, such as white render, timber, and corrugated metal.
This re-build allows insulation levels to meet current building standards, and the creation of openings letting south light into the main living space. A decent level of below ground insulation was installed, and this thermal layer is sustained throughout the building envelope. The construction detailing is modern, and emphasis is placed on energy efficiency with the use of triple-glazed windows, solar thermal collectors, and under floor heating.
The design aims to compliment the existing estate buildings, and at the same time to meet the needs of the occupant, creating a light, versatile, damp free, and well insulated home.
ISLE OF MULL PA75 6QL
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