North Woods Construction Ltd
Lazybed Cabin - Inverkirkaig

30 square metres

The client asked for a one bedroomed house suitable to rent to hill walkers and other visitors who come to climb the local hills (eg Suilven, Stac Polaidh, Ben More Assynt) and appreciate the stunning landscape. Whilst a highly compact floorplan such as frequently found in a Norwegian hytte with mezanine bedroom would have been ideal, Scottish Building Regulations led to a 30 sqm solution all on one level. The space is extended into the environment by virtue of a generous timber deck and floor to ceiling glazing in the living space.

Douglas fir and sycamore interior

The house is simply timber framed with sheep’s wool insulation throughout. It is clad in home-grown European larch from Russwood treated with Osmo UV clear protector. The roof is in profiled, plain galvanized steel. Floors are tiled in the living space and bathroom contrasting with home-grown sycamore in the bedroom. The ceilings are all lined in home-grown Douglas fir for added warmth and beauty. The main feature is a floor to ceiling glazed corner facade in homegrown Douglas fir. The house is heated by a small wood burning stove with electrical underfloor heating in the shower room only.

The cabin was completed in the spring of 2012 and is already proving a popular holiday let. It can be rented nightly or for a week and is within a few minutes walk of the path leading to Suilven. (