The Flower House
New Residential Build (Competition winner)

Featured in – Scotland House Expo – Plot 25


Eco-friendly bespoke house designed for Scotland’s Housing Expo using prefabricated CLT panels.

The Flower House is a contemporary, timber construction, home designed using passive house principles, making it highly energy efficient. We designed it for, and were one of the winners of, Scotland Housing Expo’s sustainable house competition. Based on the Finnish model of exhibiting innovative housing, the Expo aimed to show off state of the art construction methods and technologies, and leave the legacy of an exemplar sustainable community. We were excited to be awarded the commission and went on to develop the design and work on the project through to seeing the house built as part of the now established eco community at Milton-of-Leys. A peaceful haven close to the infamous Culloden battlegrounds.

The house boasts an inspired fresh take on the conventional two storey detached house, with living accommodation on the first floor to maximise daylight from the roof windows and allow it to make the most of panoramic views across to the Moray Firth. It features a southwest facing ‘sunspace’ – a glass living room extension that can be closed off from the main living space to help heat the house in winter. The delightful flower motifs on the timber cladding and stairs add a touch of whimsical, hopeful symbolism.


Green credentials

  • Timber features: We built the shell of the house with cross-laminated timber panels (CLT) and a super insulated wood fibre panel system, known as Pavatherm, from Austria. Its insulation has a breathable latex outer layer providing a secondary waterproofing later. For the cladding to the walls, we used locally sourced Scottish larch and, to cope with the harsher conditions that roofs are subjected to, we specified Platowood, a thermally treated timber, for its durability.
  • Net zero: We incorporated passive and active techniques to reduce atmospheric CO2 and energy consumption both during construction, and throughout the life of the building. Unlike building materials such as steel and concrete that burn huge amounts of energy during their creation, timber is a net carbon store because trees sequester carbon in order to grow. While a cubic metre of average building materials add around a tonne of CO2 to the atmosphere, the same amount of timber actually stores that much CO2. The CLT panels alone at the house have locked in 40 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere, even after offsetting for transportation.

The walls, floor, stairs, and roof for the Flower House were all prefabricated, ensuring factory quality accuracy and consistency as well as reducing wastage and the transportation of unwanted materials.

  • Energy: Under-floor heating was designed to be supplied by a wood-burning stove while solar thermal panels provide hot water, topped up by the stove when needed. We used computer thermal modelling in the design stage for the size and placement of windows to optimize solar gain and minimize heat loss. Windows are triple-glazed which, along with the timber panels, provide high levels of airtightness. A whole-house ventilation system with heat recovery (MVHR) maintains airflow while helping to minimize energy loss. 


Residential – Eco Friendly House (Competition winner)


Milton of Leys, Inverness


Highland Council with :

Scottish Government
Sust., the government’s sustainability in architecture programme
Forestry Commission Scotland
Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)


SHS Burridge Architects

  • Architects
  • Planning Permission
  • Warrant Obtained


Structural engineers:

Landscape Architects:

Hemingway Design



Client Feedback

We just LOVE our amazing, unique (Flower) house. The only downside is never knowing what to wear going outside now, as it’s always so lovely and warm inside.” Owner, Kim Thain

The Flower House seriously addresses environmental issues with delight to create what owner Nick Scroggie describes as “Such a great house to live and work in.”

The Flower House Gallery