TAIGH EILIDH // EILEAN SIAR
| PROFILE |
Callicvol, Port of Ness, Isle of Lewis
Taigh Eilidh is a self designed home that has been finished both externally and internally to the highest of standards by the owners whose aim was to achieve a sympathetic mix of both traditional and contemporary design. Taigh Eilidh is situated above the Harbour at Port of Ness and affords some of the best views on the island which can be enjoyed from the comfort of the home.
Outer Hebrides Design Awards 2012 – Winner (Housing - Self Designed)
Working with the
Respect the landscape setting
and the traditional building
patterns of the locality
Responding to the
Consider the immediate context
and allow specific site conditions
to influence design
Inspirational ideas for
and innovative design
- The design is based loosely
around the traditional
‘longhouse’ design principal,
with the house being a single room in depth with a high
- Materials chosen for
construction were selected to reflect those of the traditional surrounding houses: natural slate for the roof; wet dash to
all walls; timber cladding on the porch extensions; and window cills imitating those of neighbouring properties.
- From the outset, it was important that Taigh Eilidh sat comfortably on the site and tied into the surrounding buildings.
- The design was to be complimentary towards surrounding housing, whilst taking maximum advantage of the superior views.
- The main door faces away from the prevailing Lewis wind.
- The design was presented to Scotframe for construction as,
at the time of design, their
design ethos for the new Rural Homes series most matched the requirements for the new house. It incorporated the tall 'angled' window in the gable from Scotframe, however, the majority of the house was self- designed.
- Whilst wanting to comply externally with traditional design, the house is constructed using a Supawall super-insulated kit which provides high levels of insulation and therefore, minimal heating is required.
Page updated: Wednesday, June 27, 2012