Glazed walls at FitzGerald House arrive on Skye….

living moss roof preparation

…..the hottest recorded day in May, and the water retention/drainage mat was being laid for the moss roof at the FitzGerald House on Skye. Mosses gain nutrients from water retained in the mat, and from the air, and can survive thawing and freezing cycles, as well as being resistant to drought. The absence of a soil layer reduces weight and deters the growth of unwanted seedlings, and no, the finished roof won’t be this green!Moss roof underlay_web

Planning Application Lodged for Atkinson House, Letterfearn

Planning permission has been sought for the Atkinson house, a two bedroom dwelling situated above the shore of Loch Duich, at Letterfearn.

The design features a top lit open plan kitchen/living/dining area, with mezzanine bedrooms and ensuite facilities, and views toward Eilean Donan castle.

FitzGerald House “topped out” at Carbost site

Ridge beams being placed December 2014

Ridge beams being placed December 2014

Construction continues on the FitzGerald house in Carbost, on the Minginish peninsular, Isle of Skye, as improving weather conditions see work commence on the twin ridged roof.

The uppermost components of the structure, two massive ply-box beams, were hoisted into place before Christmas, and following suspension of most work during gales, are now being framed out ready to receive rafters next month.

The rough sawn larch rafters will remain exposed throughout the interior.

The new house, and a wood fired bread oven, has been commissioned by artisan baker Marcella FitzGerald.

The single storey, two bedroom dwelling is situated between the Carbost Medical Centre, and “Wilmar” Bed and Breakfast, on the shore of Loch Harport, and will respond to the local vernacular building style, the unique natural features of the site, and striking views looking up into the Cuillin
Mountains.

Slide-away glazing will open onto views of the Cuillen mountains across Loch Harport.

Slide-away glazing will open onto views of the Cuillen mountains across Loch Harport.

Marcella wanted a modest dwelling on one level, that would be convenient and easy to heat and maintain, and would be versatile enough to provide comfortable living accommodation and allow supplementary income from bed and breakfast in the summer months.