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What is R.House?

Innovative and contemporary timber frame homes made and tested on the Isle of Skye and built all over Scotland.

R.HOUSE is a new, innovative concept in rural living, developed and delivered by architects Rural Design and James MacQueen Builders.

The R.HOUSE was conceived out of need, to withstand the natural elements, provide high quality, inspirational design and to be faster than a more traditional build – a simple solution for housing in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

Each R.HOUSE is characterised by a high level of design, detail and specification and is sustainably built using modular construction.

The approach to design is crisp and contemporary, grounded in an understanding of history and a respect for the environment. R.HOUSE’s simplicity and the robust materials selected to build them evoked the timeless forms of traditional Highland barns and steadings. This simplicity and respect for the landscape means that R.HOUSE can nestle comfortably in any site.


A key element of the R.HOUSE approach to building is sustainability and energy efficiency. Designing homes with high levels of insulation and airtightness passes direct savings onto all owners year on year.

How is an R.HOUSE built?

Each house is built using modular off-site construction in our factory in Skye. This process is substantially quicker than a traditional build approach and importantly is highly cost effective. The use of modular construction provides a range of different options for potential homeowners and a simplistic, practical layout.

Each R.HOUSE comes complete, ready for you to move in. In practical terms it provides;

  • Firm priced service with costs fixed prior to build
  • An option to select a plot
  • Fully managed design and build service
  • An option to customise your R.House
  • All interior decoration
  • High levels of insulation and air tightness, reducing running costs and increasing energy efficiency
  • Contemporary award winning design