By GRAS (Groves-Raines Architects Studios)
Client Private client
Awards RIAS Award 2021
The restoration at Kyle House has brought a previously derelict building back into use enabling its occupants to appreciate a new level of opulence in the splendour of its Highland setting.
Kyle House has been restored with immaculate attention to detail producing an architectural essay in less is more. The result is an exquisitely simple, elegant, and architecturally luxurious holiday cottage.
The palette of materials is tastefully restrained to include locally sourced Caithness stone and wide oak lining boards. Windows and doors have been thoughtfully detailed to maintain the character of the original Highland house whilst bringing a contemporary feel. The central stair and cloakroom, a new intervention in the centre of the plan, has been carefully considered and executed with a level of care usually reserved for fine cabinetry.
This is a skilful restoration, demonstrating how the client, architect and contractor can work together to produce crafted architecture, which is sustainable, enduring, and beautiful.
Internal Area 70 m²
QS: Morham & Brotchie
Structural Engineer: David Narro Associates
M&E Engineer: Atelier Ten
Concept Design Director: Ruth Kramer
Landscape Designer: Richard Preston Garden Design
Main Contractor: K MacRae and Sons