The Black Shed | Rural Design Architects
The Black Shed sits low and hunkered against the wind on Scotland’s Isle of Skye. The small cottage replaced a dilapidated storage shed on a working croft (small farm). Rural Design Architects designed the new cottage to fit in with the collection of small outbuildings on the croft.
The basic structure could hardly be simpler, a low-pitched gable roof protecting a rectangular building with one corner removed for a covered entry porch. The cottage is clad in black corrugated roofing and black-stained spruce, except for the natural wood that marks the entry.
The fuss-free look carries into the interior with exposed structural members, surface-mounted electrical boxes, a polished concrete floor and minimal trim. The 75 m2 (807 ft2) floor plan puts the bathroom and bedroom at the entrance end, while the main part of the cottage consists of an L-shaped living/dining room wrapped around a semi-enclosed stainless steel kitchen. Heavy drapes can be drawn across the far end of the living room if you want to use that space as a private study or a guest bedroom.
Large windows provide magnificent views of the pastoral landscape and the ever-changing weather. On blustery days, the cottage is kept comfortable by a wood stove, heated floor and sheep’s wool insulation.
The Black Shed is available for vacation rentals through Canopy and Stars.
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