‘The ex­ten­sion, which over­looks the Minch to the Outer He­brides, was a stun­ning piece of ar­chi­tec­ture’

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It can be hard to main­tain the in­tegrity of an old prop­erty when you ex­tend, but Diana Mackie has man­aged to do ex­actly that – not only once but three times.

I first met the renowned land­scape artist about ten years ago when she hadn’t long fin­ished the first ex­ten­sion to her tra­di­tional croft house on Skye. The ex­ten­sion, which over­looks the Minch to the Outer He­brides, was a stun­ning piece of ar­chi­tec­ture in­cor­po­rat­ing a work­ing stu­dio, dou­ble-height lounge, bath­room and a mez­za­nine dou­ble bed­room.

This was soon fol­lowed by an of­fice ex­ten­sion, which was taken from the first floor of the mez­za­nine bed­room and el­e­vated into the side of the hill at the back of the prop­erty. For a while this was all the space that Diana re­quired, un­til she met her part­ner, Alan Cleobury-Jones.

Diana soon found that if you’re go­ing to marry a peri­patetic per­cus­sion teacher, he does come with a lot of kit (ex­cuse the pun). Diana’s ca­reer had also flour­ished in the in­ter­ven­ing years, so when I vis­ited ear­lier this year I found the prop­erty had grown yet another wing.

Mir­ror­ing the first ex­ten­sion and turn­ing the croft house into a C-shaped steading, the new wing in­cor­po­rates a kitchen, a pur­pose-built gallery for Diana, with a mez­za­nine of­fice and

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