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Leachachan Barn

Loch Duich, Scotland – Rural Design Architects

Built area: 120m2
Completion: 2011
Photography: Nigel Rigden

Leachachan Barn, once used as a byre for working horses, sits on the southern shores of Loch Duich looking out at the Five Sisters of Kintail. The barn has been redesigned and transformed into a modern house while retaining the original character.

Once a barn - now a vacation home
Once a barn – now a vacation home

Featuring a vaulted open plan living area, the main bedroom, bathroom, ‘bunk room’ and a TV area are all on the mezzanine level.

From the architect:

“Leachachan Barn near Letterfearn on the south side of Loch Duich has been sensitively transformed into a new house. A dramatic new opening in the gable has opened up the views to the Five Sisters of Kintail, while allowing the rest of the house to remain true to its origins. A simple lean-to extension to the rear increases the floor area in a traditional manner. The larch cladding contrasts with the original stonework, and will fade to a beautiful silver grey.”

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