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On the Isle of Lewis, an old Mission hall has undergone a transformation into a quirky two-bed family home. Fiona and Duncan Porteous of Porteous Architecture took inspiration from the island’s traditional ‘Airidhs’, which were dwellings where communities would live during the summer months.

While the Mission hall had thick concrete walls and small windows, the Porteous’ used lightweight timber framing, wood cladding and bright red corrugated iron coupled with large glazed areas to recreate the vibrant creative spirit of the Airidh. These materials lent themselves to the dramatic curved forms that were created.

Timber is a key feature of the aesthetic. Russwood Scotlarch® vertical board on half board cladding covers the main form of the house, whilst the dramatic curved elements and roof are clad in Siberian Larch rainscreen. The material was ideal in that it provided the right blend of durability, flexibility and warmth. 

Duncan Porteous said: “The team at Russwood are always helpful when it comes to advice about their products as well as installation and finishes. I was really happy with the quality of the timber, which represents very good value for money. We design a lot of houses throughout Lewis and Harris and after using Russwood products on my own house, I’m very happy to specify them for my other projects.”

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