Building on the islands
Have you dreamed of building a home in a remote, romantic Highlands or islands location? The increased costs of getting materials and workmen to your build site may make this seem like an impossible dream. But don't give up. Here on the West Coast, there
Think before you act
The number-one rule in rugged design is to plan ahead. With rugged sites, special factors come into play. In addition to normal home-design decisions, you’ll need to think about your site’s accessibility, energy options, terrain and weather patterns. Sometimes these issues can raise your costs dramatically.
How do you get there?
Is your site accessible by paved roads, or will materials need to be delivered by ship or plane? If roads are available, are they wide enough—and strong enough—for trucks filled with heavy loads of building materials? Evaluate your site’s accessibility ahead of time and work with your production team to come up with solutions – local haulage and construction companies know how to get materials to challenging locations.
Choose a good spot
Don’t underestimate the importance of siting your home on your lot. Where you choose to situate your house will impact daily living.
Sure, it’s nice to capture great views, but you also want to make sure that you maximize energy efficiency and avoid terrain troubles.
In a rugged setting, materials may dictate a home’s long-term durability. Windows and also play a role in a home’s longevity. Choose energy-efficient windows with a good R-value. Cladding on exterior windows also is a good idea. Remember, a little extra research now goes a long way toward creating a home that will last a lifetime.