Fitting Re­place­ment for Tra­di­tional Is­land Back House

Scottish Field - - NEW HOMES -

In early 2017 John and Ca­role Reed were con­sid­er­ing a new pro­ject. They had re­cently pur­chased a home on the Isle of Ar­ran, which boasted stun­ning views of the Holy Isle and Firth of Clyde, just steps away from the beach. Keen to share th­ese trea­sures with fam­ily and friends, John and Ca­role were look­ing to ren­o­vate the ex­ist­ing gar­den ‘back house’ to pro­vide com­fort­able, year-round ac­com­mo­da­tion. Back houses are typ­i­cal of Ar­ran ar­chi­tec­ture, orig­i­nally built to ac­com­mo­date the own­ers of the main house dur­ing sum­mer let­ting.

As a busy, work­ing cou­ple, they needed a has­sle-free so­lu­tion. This drew them to The Wee House Com­pany. ‘We were at­tracted by the pack­age on of­fer with The Wee House Com­pany deal­ing with the plan­ning, build­ing war­rant and de­mo­li­tion, as well as pro­vid­ing the ground­works and foun­da­tions for our new wee house.’

John and Ca­role de­cided it would be best to re­place the back house, hav­ing The Wee House Com­pany build a sus­tain­able home with en­hanced in­su­la­tion and state-of-the-art heat­ing sys­tem. Cru­cially, the new de­sign would main­tain the tra­di­tional, cot­tage-like ap­pear­ance of the orig­i­nal back house.

Build­ing on the is­lands can have its chal­lenges, with fre­quent ferry can­ce­la­tions in win­ter. How­ever, The Wee House Com­pany’s off-site, mod­u­lar constructi­on meth­ods meant that only three weeks of work took place on site. This had ad­di­tional benefits for John and Ca­role, who were anx­ious to main­tain their home’s well-ap­pointed gar­den.

‘Ev­ery­thing went to plan, de­spite the weather and a tricky slop­ing site. On com­ple­tion the ex­ter­nal land­scap­ing has re­turned our gar­den to its orig­i­nal con­di­tion or even bet­ter.’ From first con­tact with The Wee House Com­pany to hand over of the keys took just six months – in­clud­ing gain­ing nec­es­sary con­sents.

‘There is a def­i­nite “can do” ap­proach from ev­ery­one in­volved and we would be happy to rec­om­mend The Wee House Com­pany to any­one else look­ing for a sim­i­lar pro­ject.’

The Wee House Com­pany have a show home avail­able to view by ap­point­ment in Fish­er­ton, by Ayr, KA7 4LQ.

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