Aerial of Eagles Rock - IT June 2012

Building has started on the fifth and most ambitious house so far. Eagles Rock sits on a plateau above Achabeag, looking down the Sound of Mull towards Oban (at the bottom right in the picture above – photo courtesy of Iain Thornber). Its unusual elliptical design makes the most of the extraordinary panoramic views.

Predominantly single storey, with low pitch moss sedum roofs to minimize impact, it has a high level viewing gallery around an internal courtyard. It has four large double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a glazed central courtyard to provide shelter on this windy site, and a largely open plan kitchen/living room. The viewing gallery provides additional bunk accommodation for exuberant children, and leads to a cinema/games room.

It will be built from local Douglas Fir from the BSW Sawmills in FortWilliam, glulam frames and 450mm thick wall panels insulated with recycled newspaper from Warmcell. Heating will by a 12kW array of solar-electric panels (pv), solar-thermal panels for hot water, and woodstoves together with off-peak electricity feeding into a thermal slab.

The design is unashamedly contemporary, but understated, and has all the hallmarks of work by Roderick James Architects LLP – who design warm, homely, textural houses that emphasise use of space and light. You can see a plan and elevations here: Eagles’ Rock front elevation  Eagles’ Rock plan  Eagles’ Rock rear elevation

The house is being built by Macdonald Joinery Ltd, as are all the houses at Achabeag.

Eagles Rock will be available for high end letting from mid-2014.

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