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Aberdeenshire self-build homes earn UK-wide recognition

October 5 2018

Aberdeenshire self-build homes earn UK-wide recognition

Two self-build homes in Aberdeenshire have come to national attention after being named as finalists in a UK-wide contest.

Denwell Cottage in Insch is in the running for the title of ‘best timber frame home’ whilst its counterpart; Glencommon near Banchory, is a finalist in the best self build category for projects valued at under £250k.

Denwell Cottage has been designed by Annie Kenyon Architects to employ a mix of timber cladding and white render together with a glazed gable under a slate roof. It was built in just 14 weeks to a set budget.

Glencommon meanwhile is a timber frame home built by Fiddes Architects within a tight seven-week timescale.  Clad in a combination of Siberian larch with modern slate wrap-around its projected running costs are under £600 per year.

Both homes were built by Cairnrowan Custom Homes using timber kit packages supplied by Scotframe.

The BuildIt Awards will take place in London on 9 November.

Denwell Cottage
Denwell Cottage


The office of fair trading
#1 Posted by The office of fair trading on 5 Oct 2018 at 10:54 AM
I Like the modesty of the Glencommon one. BUT
'Both homes were built by Cairnrowan Custom Homes using timber kit packages supplied by Scotframe'
Hmmmm...unless of course, the house was for the builder, in which case I will apologise in advance.
Anyway, congratulations to both architects.
Fat Bloke on Tour
#2 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 5 Oct 2018 at 11:09 AM
Mixed bag -- very mixed bag.

GC -- Shed 7 meets Little House on the Prairie for the Doric Fe'rmer look.
Might have its uses -- tourist stuff / Glamping / last resort social accommodation -- but not first rank housing.

DC -- Interesting on a number of levels / pun intended.
Double decker roof space must have been a challenge to design, transport and erect.
Grand entrance / sun room -- could be the start of a trend. Economics of the build could be a challenge plus integration into the main house but it offers a lot of flexible space and makes a statement of scale and potential utility.

Balcony though is naff -- something out of the low rent side of Lytham St Annes.

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