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