“The Houl” house in Dalry, Castle Douglas, Scotland embodies a unique class of sustainability. Known for designing contemporary architecture with an energy conscious focus, Simon Winstanley Architects created a single storey home that obtains a ‘zero carbon’ rating with its heat recovery ventilation, high levels of insulation, wind turbine and an air source heat pump.
The entrance is curtained under the roof protecting it from strong winds on the north east side of the house. The main rooms are nestled within the outline of the home to take in the stunning views of the valley outside. Sunlight seeps easily through the clerestory windows because of the slant on the main roof. This abode is made from steel and timber frame with cedar weatherboarding cloaked on the walls. The roof is finished with pre-weathered gray standing seam zinc while the windows are coated in a triple glaze of thermally broken timber frame.