Pasquill project scoops nomination for Scotland’s Home of the Year
Our involvement in a renovation and timber frame extension of a home in Sutherland helped it to reach the finals of the BBC’s Scotland’s Home of the Year 2020.
The stunning Rainbow’s End in Skelbo, Loch Fleet, represented the Northern Highlands as it went head to head with 27 other properties across Scotland, ultimately placing sixth.
The judges, who considered functionality, distinctiveness and clever design, praised it as a light, bright and enthralling home with one commenting: “It felt like a place I wanted to spend my time in, and I can’t think of a single thing I’d change. I’d love to be in this home.”
The project was a collaboration between Pasquill, Richard M Mackenzie Ltd Building Contractors and Blueprint Architecture.
The original two storey family home was extended to incorporate a new outdoor living space, car port, garage, gym and cinema room. The new design also featured a standout sunroom and an outside dining area that was connected by a large expanse of glass, bringing the outside in and making the most of spectacular views.
How Pasquill helped
We developed and provided a total of 43 bespoke trusses for the back wing of the house to create the extension. Roof trusses significantly reduce the amount of time spent installing other structural elements of the roof, ultimately allowing for overall cost savings too.
The roofing was a complex design, with the upper floor formed using attic trusses and the two wings meeting at different angles due to site constraints. Pasquill’s designers are among the best in the industry, and the expert in-house team were able to achieve the architect’s vision.
For instance, the house’s gym is situated on the first floor, meaning the loadings used were much higher than in a standard domestic attic. Our designer ensured that that the timbers and plates were engineered to a higher specification.
Senior Designer, Gary Chisholm, said: “We’re very lucky to be regularly involved with many incredible projects across Scotland. Rainbow’s End involved much bespoke engineering and precision and the results show that. We’re really pleased that the home is being recognised as a wonderful place to live, and hope it gives others some inspiration of how timber elements can transform a home.”
Alan MacKenzie, Managing Director of Richard M Mackenzie Ltd Building Contractors, said: “We were delighted to have had the opportunity to work on such a fantastic project and are extremely proud of our team for the high level of quality craftmanship given to this build. We pride ourselves on providing our clients with an excellent service and top-quality work and Rainbows End is a great example of this.”
Scotland’s Home of the Year is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.