thatched cottage MAAC Studio architects Inverness Edinburgh

Thatched Cottages

Traditional thatched cottages are few and far between these days. However, up to the Victorian era, thatching was the common form of roof covering, even in town. Many of the houses around Inverness were thatched.

When I was invited to inspect an authentic thatched cottage, on Skye, owned by the National Trust for Scotland, it was an opportunity to reflect on highland vernacular buildings and culture.

Enlightenment Edinburgh Challenge

Guess the Building.

We are enjoying our new surroundings, after months of planning we have now opened our Edinburgh office. So can you Guess what this building is, located only a stones throw from our new studio? There is no denying the gravitas of this beautifully crafted building.

Modern Living : Old Buildings

Traditional buildings are a wonderful opportunity to create beautiful living spaces. They have features that you just can't get with modern buildings. Here are 6 of our favourite architectural qualities that can be incorporated into your design to make a unique home or work environment.

Maintenance Troubleshooter

It is often the smallest items of works that can end up causing the greatest problems. They don’t get the attention they deserve, they are dismissed as trivial and it is easy cut corners for the sake of convenience. This can make previous repairs one of the biggest headaches when it comes to resolving building defects. 

Heat Loss Bingo

A walk around our historic highland villages, in the cool crisp winter sunshine is one of life’s pleasures. For added enjoyment during your walk, play a game of Heat Loss Bingo.