We’re delighted that construction is now underway on the first house at Achabeag.

The oak frame for Peter Boyden and Sara Davies’s house was put up during the week of 13th February – as shown in the photo below (by Peter Boyden). Architect Roderick James describes it thus

“You enter the Boyden house under a rising, tapering oak-framed glazed shard rising to a height of some 5m, running the full width of the house. This floods the interior with sunlight, and reinforces the axis towards Ardtornish Castle. The green oak frame itself describes a gentle crescent shaped arc embracing the view, and enfolding the outside sitting area to the South. The South elevation is fully glazed to the oak frame.

“The roof is of slate above all the major rooms to the South. Two further bedrooms, utility, cloakroom and bathrooms, and other ancillary spaces, are located to the North under a flat turf roof. Wall and roof structure and insulation use SIP panels infilled with hemp/lime. This remarkable material locks up carbon whilst growing and provides a healthy, breathable wall construction.

“Heating is by woodstove backed up by an air source heat pump feeding a close centred wet underfloor heating system providing continuous background heat.”

The house will be built by Angus Macdonald, on an oak frame supplied by Carpenter Oak Ltd, with hemp panels by Lime Technology.

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