Longhouse

A range of houses based on the traditional "longhouse" of Scotland and much of northern Europe. This linear form allows the houses to slot easily into the landscape, with the main glazing orientated to make use of passive solar gain.  The elevations have been kept simple, avoiding the tendency to have the imbalanced window layouts common to many kit houses.

Internally all the house are spacious and open-planned. Superfluous spaces such as a formal reception hall and a separate dining room have been eliminated. The kitchen is central - the heart of the home; and the central fire acts as the focal point to the living area.  The main space are open to the apex of the roof, which adds drama, something usually lacking in modern houses.

All these designs have generous useable attic spaces for additional bedrooms although they can also be supplied as single-storey buildings with the option to convert in the future.  The houses are also designed to be easily extended.  Adaptabilty is key.

The versions can be supplied with porches (P) giving more utility and storage space - ideal for family homes.  We have also introduced a dormer (D) option to these designs.  This provides a central bathroom upstairs which means an extra bedroom for some of the houses.  The designs can be modified to suit your particular site or needs.  Please speak to one of our architects.

These houses can also be provided in timber frame.  

1 & 2 Bedroom Homes
LH102

LH102

Although having a modest footprint, this two-bedroom house is designed to maximise living space and feels surprisingly large. The kitchen/dining area is open plan to the double-height vaulted living room with the two spaces defined by the dramatic change in ceiling level.  The overall effect is stunning.

LH102P

LH102P

This two-bedrom house is an adaption of the LH102 with a ‘lean-to’ rear extension.  This provides a utility room and additional storage which is very useful for those wishing to make this their permanent home.  The extension also allows for the kitchen/ding area to be bigger with extra worktop...

3 Bedroom Homes
LH102D

LH102D

This is a slighty larger version of the LH102.  The extra length to the building and the use of a central dormer to accommodate an upstairs shared bathroom, means that this is now a three bedroom house. This bathroom services two double bedrooms.  The ground floor bedroom and showeroom...

LH102PD

LH102PD

This is a slighty larger version of the LH102P.  The extra length to the building and the use of a central dormer to accommodate an upstairs shared bathroom, means that this is now a three bedroom house. This bathroom services two double bedrooms.  The ground floor bedroom and showeroom...

LH202

LH202

This three-bedroom house is a lengthened version of the LH102 and is designed to maximise living space, feeling surprisingly large. The kitchen/dining area is open plan to the double-height vaulted living room with the two spaces defined by the dramatic change in ceiling level.  The overall effect is stunning...

LH202P

LH202P

This three-bedrom house is an adaption of the LH202 with a ‘lean-to’ rear extension.  This provides a utility room and additional storage which is very useful for those wishing to make this their permanent home.  The extension also allows for the kitchen/ding area to be bigger with extra worktop...

4 & 5+ bedroom homes
LH202D

LH202D

This is a slighty larger version of the LH202.  The extra length to the building and the use of a central dormer to accommodate an upstairs shared bathroom, means that this is now a four-bedroom house.  This bathroom services two double bedrooms.  The ground floor bedroom and showeroom are...

LH202PD

LH202PD

This is a slighty larger version of the LH202P.  The extra length to the building and the use of a central dormer to accommodate an upstairs shared bathroom, means that this is now a four-bedroom house.  This bathroom services two double bedrooms.  The ground floor bedroom and showeroom are...

LH302P

LH302P

This longhouse comes with a ‘lean-to’ rear extension as standard.   The extension houses an enhanced lobby and utility area, adding to the practically of this attractive design.  From the wind-lobby, the visitor enters into the kitchen - the heart of the Highland home, with a central fire acting as...

LH302PD

LH302PD

A larger version of the LH302P but with an extra bedroom and shared bathroom with box dormer.
From a wind-lobby, the visitor enters into the kitchen - the heart of the Highland home, with a central fire acting as the focal point to the living area. The living room and...

LH402

LH402

This is an extremely popular house because it packs so much space into a simple form.  Central to this is the clever design.  A wall of service areas run down its back, leaving the living and bedroom spaces uncluttered.   Entry is into a spacious wind lobby which has seating...

LH402D

LH402D

This design is the same as the LH402 except with one difference.  It has a box dormer which allows a the two upstairs bedrooms to share a central bathroom.
This house packs a lot of space into a simple form.  Central to this is the clever design.  A wall of...

LH402P

LH402P

This four bedrom house is an adaption of the LH402 with a ‘lean-to’ rear extension.  This provides a much larger utility room and additional storage.  There are two porch extension options.  The second option creates a much larger kitchen.  The extension forms part of a wall of service areas...

LH402PD

LH402PD

This version of the LH402P has a box dormer which accommodates a central bathroom.  This is shared by the two upstairs bedrooms.  This makes the house ideal for families with children. 
 
The extension forms part of a wall of service areas that run down its back of the house, leaving...

LH502

LH502

This new LH502 design is similar to the LH402.  The main difference is that the plan has been widened which allows for a larger second bedroom, dining space and living room.  The concept of keeping a spine of services down the back has been strengthened with the main living...

LH502D

LH502D

This large house is the same as the LH502 except it has a box dormer allowing for a shared bathroom between the two upstairs bedrooms.
The design is similar to the LH402D.  The main difference is that the plan has been widened which allows for a larger second bedroom,...

LH502P

LH502P

This house is the LH502 but with a porch extention.  There are two versions of this, the first being the standard porch with additional lobby and utility area.  The second version allows for a larger kitchen, a larder as well as an external store.

LH502PD

LH502PD

This verion of the LH502P has a cental bathroom servicing the two upstairs bedrooms.  This is achieved with a box dormer.  This house is a version of the LH502 but with a porch extention.  There are two versions of this, the first being the standard porch with additional lobby and...

LH602

LH602

This house is based on 'The Shed' by Dualchas Architects.  Designed for herself by practice principal Mary Arnold Forster this large family home has won many awards.  Based on the form of an agricultural shed the heart of the building is a large kitchen/dining/living area which is given added...