A Modern Cottage Brings Scandinavian Style to the Hills of Scotland



Responding to its stunning location, this cross-laminated timber home near Edinburgh, Scotland, trades the traditional notion of the stone country cottage for a more contemporary Scandinavian look.

Named Westside Woodshed, this cool cottage—which is now available for holiday rentals—was designed by Edinburgh–based Roxburgh McEwan Architects. The firm worked closely with owners Jenny Cowan and Michael Rummey to create a stylish, cozy retreat on the couple’s farmland in the Pentland Hills—a range of scenic hills to the southwest of Edinburgh. 

The home lies at the west end of the couple’s main house, and it takes the form of a traditional gabled roof cottage. However closer inspection reveals an almost imperceptible widening of the building at one end, resulting in more internal space. 

Roxburgh McEwan Architects used cross-laminated timber for the exterior structure and internal divisions.

Roxburgh McEwan Architects used cross-laminated timber for the exterior structure and internal divisions. 

Courtesy of Michael Rummey

“We wanted to move away from the solidity and introversion of traditional stone-built farm buildings to something with a lighter touch, but still as sturdy. This meant views out to the hills, and an awareness of the outside when within. It also meant one main double-height space rather than the more traditional approach of compartmentalizing into smaller spaces,” says Cowan. 

Owner Jenny Cowan says that the cottage was inspired by Scandinavian cabins.

 Owner Jenny Cowan says that the cottage was inspired by Scandinavian cabins.  

Courtesy of Michael Rummey

It was important to the couple that the cottage fit into its rugged, hilly environment, so the architects preserved the existing trees on the site. Kebony wood was used for exterior cladding, which quickly weathered to a natural silver to match the surrounding trees.

Almost all of the cottage's structural elements and internal divisions are made from cross-laminated timber. The only exception is a large wooden beam that runs the length of the apex. The home's windows and doors are by Velfac.

Almost all of the cottage’s structural elements and internal divisions are made from cross-laminated timber. The only exception is a large wooden beam that runs the length of the apex. The home’s windows and doors are by Velfac.

Courtesy of Michael Rummey

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