North Woods Construction Ltd

design influences

Self-evidently each house design is a unique response to site and client brief. However design is also continuously responding to architectural and technical context and it is fair to say that North Woods’ houses have shown considerable evolution since the first in 1998. Whilst a Scandinavian influence predominated in earlier days, more recently joint influences of central European and contemporary Scottish timber architecture are both evident. On account of the particularly wet climate in which we are situated in the north west Highlands we have however, so far, mostly side-stepped the current trend for cropped eaves and untreated cladding, instead cutting our own path with coloured cladding and the retention of overhanging roofs. Supporting an exaggerated overhang offers an engineering challenge which we try to meet with an architectural response. Painted cladding maintains a link with Northern European traditions allowing the use of a wider range of timbers.

Lael Falls House

Designed by Bernard Planterose, North Woods’ first house was workshop fabricated by Norbuild and constructed with them at Inverlael, Lochbroom. It has a 100% home grown timber structure, insulated with recycled newsprint (Warmcel) and clad in European larch. It features strongly expressed internal Douglas fir post and beam elements and flooring.

Ceol Mara

Ceol Mara on Loch Broom also features a massive Douglas fir post and beam frame and is insulated with natural sheep’s wool. Floor to ceiling glazing is mounted directly onto the frame in places and the living space is flooded with natural light from extensive roof glazing.

Inchdryne Lodge

Inchdryne Lodge, a collaboration with Locate Architects, lies within the Cairngorm National Park and was also built to a strongly environmental brief stipulating only the use of home-grown timbers. Its impressive vaulted ceiling, double sided fireplace and post and beam frame have ensured its place in a number of publications. It was designed specifically as high quality holiday accommodation and has proved a great commercial success.

Kay House

The Kay House lies in the Findhorn Community eco-village and is mostly conventionally timber framed, insulated in Warmcel and clad in painted Douglas fir. It was built in collaboration with Build One Ltd.

Clashnessie House

Recently design interest has focused on the possibilities of cross laminated timber (CLT) and it is hoped that the house at Clashnessie in collaboration with Eurban will be just the first of several. Its all timber interior creates a particularly tactile and beautiful environment to inhabit. (For Clashnessie House images see Clashnessie House)