Private House – Rachan


Architectural Design

In 2018, I was approached by a private individual to design a large contemporary dwelling house in a rural setting in the Scottish Borders.

The land the client had acquired benefited from an escalated position with an outlook over the hillside. However, the area is understandably regarded as an area of national interest and as such any design would have to be sympathetic to the neighbouring house styles, both existing and historical.

A full site survey was undertaken, including photographic and topographical analysis to allow for the creation of a 3D model. The land quality was questionable due to the recent felling of a forrest and there was a significant amount of water retained in the soil. I advised the client to seek professional advice before he purchased the land due to the likelihood that significant costly foundation works would be required.

A rough concept design was generated using V-Ray rendering software.

In the end, the client chose not to proceed with the land purchase. However, he was content with the design and will keep me in mind, should he proceed in the future.


  • Concept design
  • Visualisation
  • Land surveying
  • Client negotiation

Software used:

  • V-Ray
  • Sketchup

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