As Iain Angus Smith showed the Gazette round his house it quickly becomes clear that for him it’s as much a passion as a home.
“It was an ongoing project,” Angus laughed. “I started building it 20 years ago and finished last year.”
‘Treetops’ is a large, stylish detached house in Aiginis, Point, and was built by Angus and his wife, in a project that lasted two decades.
But now it’s time for a new project and Angus, a boat builder by trade, is already planning his next challenge.
“When we built this house, it was built for the family,” Angus explained. “The next house we build is for ourselves.
“My daughter has her own home, and my son will be doing his own thing now. It’s a family house, four bedrooms – one en-suite, big living room, and a kitchen dinning room.
“It’s well suited for a family. Nice secure, sheltered garden, you can throw the kids out and they can’t escape,” he grinned.
The village of Aiginis is both beautiful and practical, something that drew the couple to the spot in the first place.
“When we were looking for a plot – this site with a derelict house on it looked good,” Angus said.
“It is handy for town, and my daughter was going to Sandwick School at the time we started. It’s close enough to nip into town but far enough away not to be in town.
“It’s good as well because you’ve got a couple of beaches by the Braighe and nice walks.”
The plot of land they built on was orginally the site of a derelict croft house. Demolishing 90% of the original house the couple rebuilt a traditional island home, with a few twists.
The gazebo in the garden, for example, is not something that you expect to see in a traditional island home, but the shelter provided by the hedges and tress surrounding garden make it a great private hide-away.
“It has a garden at the front which was a bit unusual,” Angus explained. “And with gazebo which has a roof on it, you can use the BBQ outside even in the rain.”
The interior also shows well thought out designs and practical features. The kitchen/dinning room, now open plan, was originally separated by a wall which was taken down a few years ago.
He explained: “Even though it took twenty years to finish, we modernised it as we went along. It’s all carefully engineered.”
The living room is also spacious and cosy at the same time, with great attention to detail, from the bay windows that are fitted with window seats to a stunning open fire.
Built with family in mind the rooms are all spacious and light, with sea views on offer from the top floor rooms.
Wood is a theme that runs throughout the house, an indication of Angus’ background in boat building, and adds a real warmth and interest, whilst the interior reflects a sophisticated pallet that enhances the building’s traditional and practical style.
And on colours and the interior design Angus had to admit it is his partner who was due all the credit: “That’s my wife,” he said. “I don’t have a clue about colour. I design the structure – she colours them in.”
Looking to the future and you can tell that Angus is eager to get stared on his new house: “I can’t stop,” he laughed. “I need to get this sold so I can build my new house.
“But I’ve been warned. If I start building another house I have to have a finite amount of time to finish the project.”
• ’Treetops’, Aiginis, Point
• 4 bedrooms - 1 en-suite
• Dining room
• Family bathroom
• Rear porch
• Large garden
• Extensive off street parking
Agent: Ken Macdonald & Co, 9 Kenneth Street, Stornoway - 01851-704040.
Offers in the region of £165,000