Remote sawmill to form the basis for an off-grid home
March 15 2021
A disused sawmill accessible solely via a single-track forestry road is to be converted into a private home under new plans filed by Kearney Donald Partnership.
Located to the west of the Highland hamlet of Polloch within Glenhurich forest the development will bring the traditionally built sawmill back into use as a one-bedroom bungalow.
Detailing their hands-off approach the architects wrote: "Where possible the existing openings have been maintained and made good to utilise the layout spaces internally.
"The primary entrance retains its location and function, whereas the larger twin access door will be converted to a large, glazed opening. Internally creating the distinct relationship between the old and new, as well as the functional and aesthetic characteristics of the former sawmill with a new dwelling context."
As part of the work, a lean-to will be rebuilt with vertical Larch-timber boards to form the bedroom, deferring to the roofline of the main living space.
An absence of available infrastructure will necessitate the use of 'off grid' renewable energy from wind and solar sources as well as a backup gas generator.
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