Private Client | Coull, Aberdeenshire UK 2008-2009

In the northeast of Scotland, on Royal Deeside in Aberdeenshire, Lecht Cottage is a collection of three conjoined buildings dating from the 19th century – a fine example of the region’s vernacular architecture, and with all of its original fittings intact.

The house and its small shop annex have been restored, and its water-powered threshing mill has been transformed into a small photography gallery. To this, a south-facing extension has been added, expanding the living area and – with a full-height corner window – offering spectacular views across the Howe of Cromar. New and original elements of the house are linked by untreated larch cladding, grown locally in the area.