Ardechive House, Fort William

Ardechive Cottage is situated within an extremely scenic location enjoying private views across Loch Arkaig, close to Fort William. The existing building is a traditional 1½ storey stone cottage under a slate roof, and has been completely restored and extended.

The re-built lean-to is extended eastward forming a glazed link to a contemporary styled extension, of the scale and proportions of the existing house, visually contrasting old and new. The extension expresses a simple construction of glass and timber in the form of a oak frame, creating a stunning living space with views over the loch.

The proposal is very energy conscious, incorporating low embodied energy, a well insulated air tight envelope with ventilation system, solar water heater and ground source heat pump.