Why Scotland is the new homes design hotspot

The spectacular natural landscape and uninterrupted views are being recognised as an impressive setting for architectural design.

Only a few hours from London, Scotland is a unique country known for its extraordinary landscapes and rich heritage. While small villages are scattered throughout the country and bigger cities hug the coastline, Scotland's raw, natural beauty is what inspires architects and home owners to think differently with design.

The rising property trend in Scotland's rural landscape is to incorporate the environment into the design of the home. 

The clean, simple and sophisticated design is the new architectural challenge finding the perfect balance between a modern home and a structure that fits seamlessly into an otherwise untouched rural setting. 

The challenge is to build an impressive structure that reflects the land's tones, shapes and materials - which also encourages some to explore an eco-friendly design, using the land's natural materials to make the home self-sufficient. 

With the trend continuing to incline, see some of the country's most impressive home designs: 

Lochside House

This elegant, cosy house in the West Highlands of Scotland took out last year's prestigious RIBA Awards in 2018. The house, designed by Haysom Miller Architects won the award for its simple, sophisticated and clever design which makes use of the land so well. The house is small-scale, sustainable and made from local materials, which blends so neatly into the mountains behind it. The isolated property sits on the side of a lake, taking as much indulgence as it does simplicity. 


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Isle of Skye

This expansive family home in Tigh Port na Long Aird of Sleat, Isle of Skye honours its exclusive location by keeping the home horizontal, one-level and seamless. The look of the house will only get softer over time, as the natural material of the wood cladding will weather on its own - naturally fitting in with the rest of the landscape. The large windows are still unassuming, providing a massive effect from a small scale.


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Turf House

Featured on Grand Designs UK, the home owners purchased the waterfront land several years before building their dream home. As artists, they built one building for living and another on the side as an artists' studio. The natural timber cladding, turf roof and inclining slope to the design blends the house into the landscape effortlessly, also adding natural insulation with the garden roof. Confronted with the natural elements, the natural materials of this home will only soften and sink more into the environment as time goes on.

Cliff House

Sitting on the edge of a cliff, this home is aptly titled 'Cliff House' and sits neatly, unassumingly infront of a wide, expansive view. The architects, Dualchas state their inspiration for the natural colours of this build came from the "simple stone agricultural buildings found in the surrounding area, which are cut in to the landscape to give them shelter against the wind." The impressive part about this building is its ability to look luxurious while still being understated.


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