Due to such views and clean lines inside the house, underfloor heating (UFH) was decided on for the heating distribution. This gives even heat throughout the room and is unobtrusive, leaving the walls free of radiators. Often a choice is made to have UFH on one level and radiators on another, this client opted for UFH across both levels providing very efficient heating as much less energy is required for UFH.
Talking of efficiency, the heat is being provided by a ground source heat pump. Due to the remote location of the property, no gas main was available, so the other alternative would have been an oil boiler. This would have required an oil tank install plus the concern of running out, particularly in winter. But why install such an antiquated, inefficient system in such a modern building. The ground source heat pump, which runs at up to 400% yield, is one of the most efficient heating systems available. With every 1kW of energy put in, up to 4kW of heat is delivered.
Remote locations can be beautiful, but they do provide some obstacles when building such a dramatic house. With this in mind the client brought in TSL, a large, local contractor which provided a full support network alongside local knowledge. This was worthwhile, providing project management beyond that of an average self-build.
With such well thought out design from Cameronwebster architects, stunning location and spectacular views, incorporated in to such an efficient house, it’s no wonder this home has won the 2017 award from the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.