Strone Cottage

Strone Cottage

Architect
Loader Monteith
Location
Highlands, Watford, United Kingdom | View Map
Project Year
2019
Category
Private Houses
Nigel Rigden & Gillian Hayes
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Roofing slateCupa Pizarras
PaintworkDulux Australia
Pearl Greg, Pure brilliant white
Copper GutteringLindab
778 Copper Metallic
Windows and external doorsRationel
Auraplus
Internal LED Strips Mr Resistor Lighting
Timber CladdingRusswood

Product Spec Sheet
Roofing slate
Paintwork
Pearl Greg, Pure brilliant white by Dulux Australia
Copper Guttering
778 Copper Metallic by Lindab
Windows and external doors
Auraplus by Rationel
Internal LED Strips
Timber Cladding

Strone Cottage

Loader Monteith as Architects

The adaptive restoration and extension of a highland bothy in the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland.

 

What was the brief?

The clients gave us one powerful line of aspiration for their cottage: The house should feel warm and comfortable – a light-filled family space that allows the outdoors to be in harmony with the indoors.

 

The idea was to turn the cottage, a very small property that was disconnected from its surroundings, into a comfortable and understated mountain retreat. With three bedrooms, a kitchen, a living room, a dining room and a snug, each space was to take advantage of the surrounding views – with windows framing the Cairngorms.

 

We wanted to make openings and point them at the view: a panoramic image of a dramatic mountainscape.

 

What were the key challenges?

Because the existing cottage was very small, we had to more than double the area of property – a significant challenge in planning terms. We worked closely with the local planning department to make sure we arrived at a design response they would support.

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