Job files, photographs, and architectural drawings and plans related to Benside House project, Stornoway.
Benside House Project, Stornoway (Colin D A Porteous)
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Administrative / Biographical History
Benside House, Stornoway, was designed and built by C. D. A. Porteous, M. Leybourne, and I. Sorenson. Leybourne and Sorenson initially desired to undertake the project as a means to finance their purchase of a fishing boat, and to equip them with the skills to maintain the boat as a future dwelling. Porteous agreed to join the scheme in order to move from a caravan to a low-budget, unmortgaged permanent home.
The house, designed and built 1977-1978 and sold by the 'owner-designer-builders' in 1985, was erected on a feu (plot) around a derelict croft house, and was intended as a dwelling which:
(a) could be built by amateurs in the relatively hostile Hebridean climate;
(b) would accommodate two 'family' units, meeting their requirements in terms of shared and private space;
(c) was economically feasible in terms of grants and short-term loans;
(d) could be occupied within a year from the start of building, while maintaining an income;
(e) would be environmentally 'conscious', energy efficient, and appropriate to its climate;
(f) would generate its own electricity through wind power (while using mains water and drainage).
The material has been arranged into three series - Job Files; Images; and Architectural Drawings and Plans. Material within each of these has been catalogued according to original arrangements and divisions.*
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Catalogued by Mark Tripney, Archives Assistant, c.2009-2010 Archives Hub description updated by Carrie Skinner, Logjam Project Officer, September 2011
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