High performance timber frame home in Scotland

When Ian and Jackie MacLeod decided to self build their own home, they were keen to create a contemporary property that was both airtight and energy efficient.

However, the couple were mindful that these factors should not dictate the design and final appearance of the house. The Macleods brought in Gregor Davidson of Udny-based Cairnrowan Custom Homes to deliver the project.

“From our first meeting with Gregor, we were extremely impressed by his professionalism and attention to detail,” says Ian.

During the construction phase of the scheme, the main challenge was the North Scotland weather. The build started in December, with heavy snow and bad conditions throughout the month.

To ensure speedy progress on site, the house was constructed using Scotframe’s Val-U-Therm Plus factory-insulated closed panel timber frame system, which comprises the walls and roof with a posi-joist cassette floor.

This energy efficient solution provides excellent thermal performance, brought together within an integrated building envelope.

The kit was manufactured in a quality controlled factory environment that minimises waste, as well as providing a cost-effective route to self building.

By using this construction method, Gregor and his team were able to erect the shell swiftly – the project reached wind and watertight stage in just five days.

Completed in just 11 weeks, the 315m2 home features a 45m2 double garage. The spacious floorplan incorporates three reception rooms and three bathrooms.

The ground floor of the property is flooded with natural light from expansive windows and rooflights that have been positioned in the 6m-tall vaulted zones. Glazed doors also provide spectacular views of the Aberdeenshire countryside.

“The eye for detail and quality in Cairnrowan and Scotframe’s work is excellent, and we were kept up to speed with progress and timelines to completion,” says Ian.

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