Port Charlotte

The client had purchased a very modest ‘C’ Listed mid-terrace bungalow located on Main Street within the picturesque village of Port Charlotte on the island of Islay, with enviable panoramic views of the sea.

The original building had an extremely compact and sub-standard layout which in no way met current building regulations or space standards, nor did it meet the needs of the client’s large family.

Port Charlotte, Islay
Private Client
Project Type
Residential Home Design
Project Status
Planning Gained

The client’s brief and aspiration for the property was to substantially enlarge the existing 47m2 property to create a comfortable 3-4-bedroom family holiday home with generous open plan family/living space.

Our key design solution was to open up the entire existing property interior to create a single-family space to the front with views containing an entrance, kitchen, dining & living space, which is typical of the layout for Blackhouses which is a traditional type of house common in Ireland, the Hebrides, and the Scottish Highland, and to connect this via a glazed link element with a new-build 71m2 split level single-storey block containing 3 bedrooms, a bathroom and an ensuite which steps up and over the rising contours to the rear.

A message from our client:

“We would highly recommend NVDC Architects. We hired Farahbod and team on the basis of a personal recommendation from a friend and we were not disappointed.

The project was an extension of a cottage on Islay in the conservation village of Port Charlotte. The NVDC team initially compiled an imaginative range of extension options, keeping in mind all of our preferences. We selected a few options which NVDC further refined following feedback from the planning authorities. Despite the design constraints that the village's conservation status imposed, we were delighted by the final design that the NVDC team produced.

We were equally impressed by NVDC's project management skills. The NVDC team - led by Malcolm Cullen at this stage - successfully navigated the planning and building control processes and efficiently procured and managed the inputs of third party specialists such as structural engineers.

Overall, we were extremely pleased with all aspects of NVDC's services. We heartily thank NVDC Architects for the imagination of the designs, the efficient management of the planning and procurement process, the adherence to budget and the responsiveness and clarity of communications throughout.

We would definitely recommend their services.”

Douglas Caskie and Marianne Campbell

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