Sited on the Isle of Harris, the designm of this 3 bedroom dwelling makes sure that the spectacular sea view is enjoyed from every room in the house.Architeco Harris HouseTo be in keeping the the island’s traditional rural properties, the walls to this house are finished in white render, with an area of larch cladding at the entrance porch to provide a warmer entrance area.

The windows are high performance triple glazed timber to keep out the cold and wind. There are no trickle vents to ensure there are no drafts.

Because this design uses the optimum dimensions of a SIP structure, the weight of slates required in such an exposed location would require additional structural support. This goes against the ethos of such a design, having been rigorously designed for the SIP system to use the absolute minimum of structure, so we specified the other vernacular material – metal sheet roofing. This light weight finish allows the design to be accomplished without the introduction of unnecessary steel beams at the same time as reflecting a traditional roofing material, albeit with a modern slant.

The fabric first approach to the design ensures the bills from the heat pump will be kept to a minimum.