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What We Do

R.HOUSE offer a complete turnkey solution. We take care of planning permission, building warrant, ground works, utility connections through to your completed house.

We will work with you from the start. We will help you decide if a plot is suitable for an R.HOUSE and what the total cost will be based on the options you want.

We build the house for you using our building company James MacQueen Builders – there is no worry about applying for planning permission or building warrant or dealing with builders, contractors and materials. We offer a complete turnkey service.

The pre-fabrication process means critical stages of construction are completed in our factory, giving a controlled building environment where we can achieve the highest levels of build quality compared to a traditional build.

Our range of house types are designed by our architects Rural Design and the multi-finish options give you the flexibility to choose a house that fits both your requirements and budget.

What's Included?

R.HOUSE is a fully project managed construction from Planning Application stage through to final completion and the 6 months defects liability (snagging) period beyond that.

We will prepare and submit your planning permission and building warrant applications and manage your build – making sure that your house is delivered on time, on budget and to our exacting quality standards.
The advertised price is for the construction of a standard R.HOUSE type and project management and planning as specified on your site*, to the following specification:

  • Standard foundations, i.e. concrete strip, with a single layer of mesh reinforcement and 3 courses of blockwork.
  • 55mm thick liquid screed encapsulating underfloor heating pipes for maximum efficiency, laid on 50mm rigid insulation on a solid reinforced concrete slab on a further 100mm of rigid insulation * (Final floor coverings such as Oak, Tile or Laminate are excluded)
  • Supply and erection of highly insulated timber frame, with exceptional level of air tightness, complete with floor and roof cassettes or trusses (dependent on house design). Frame lined internally with earthwool insulation and overclad with rigid insulation, service cavity and 12.5mm thick plasterboard wall linings, taped and filled with mist coat only.
  • 22mm thick chipboard floor to upper level (if appropriate).
  • Plasticol Coated Galvanised Steel corrugated sheet roofing with 40 year guarantee**
  • Lindab ‘Rainline’ aluzinc gutters and downpipes.
  • Velux brand double glazed roof windows.
  • Plywood stair (except single storey designs).
  • 22mm Scottish grown Larch, board-on-board timber cladding to external walls
  • Highly efficient double glazed timber windows and external doors, with factory applied paint finish (NorDan or Rationel brands).
  • Timber stud internal partitions, with 12.5mm plasterboard linings, taped and filled only with mist coat of paint.
  • Flush plywood, standard core, internal doors, ready for paint finish, with architectural ironmongery.
  • MDF facings and skirtings, primed for paint finish.
  • An allowance to select a high quality kitchen by Ashley Ann, made in Scotland including ceramic hob, single oven and integrated dishwasher and bathroom ware (Laufen brand, made in Switzerland).
  • Highly efficient Passiv Haus Institute approved Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery System (MVHR), dependent on house design.
  • Air Source Heat Pump System provides hot water and underfloor heating (excludes Bothy and Pod designs).
  • Electrical system with contemporary, high quality fittings.

*Depends on location – screed may not be available in remote locations.

** Roof warranty reduced to 30 year in costal location within 2km from shoreline.

For pricing purposes we have assumed that your site is within Skye & Lochalsh. If your site is outwith this area then please contact us so that we can advise if any additional costs will apply.

What's not included?

As every project is different the following items are not included in the advertised price.

  • Statutory Consent Fees, typically Planning Permission and Building Warrant fees, but other consents may be required depending on the nature of your site.
  • Site works, e.g. site clearance, site excavation, importing fill, forming accesses, drainage system, service connection charges and trenching, etc.

Before you commit to R.HOUSE we will include our best estimate of what these costs will be in a detailed initial quotation for your individual project. Should you accept this quotation, once in receipt of your initial deposit (5% + Outlays), we will develop your project, from initial preparation of your planning application, to being ready to start the building works. We will then give you a firm price for the construction works, for you to approve, prior to commencing with the building works.


You can, of course, upgrade your R.HOUSE to your own requirements and taste.

Typical upgrades include:

  • Natural slate roof coverings.
  • Include the internal decoration in the construction works.
  • Add a porch/utility extension.
  • Make internal alterations, e.g. open plan ground floor, add an en-suite, split the downstairs bedroom (excluding R.1) into 2 bedrooms, etc.
  • Fit fixed floor coverings, e.g. floor tiles, engineered flooring, etc.
  • Upgrade the specification of the kitchen.
  • Upgrade the specification of the bathroom, including sanitary appliances, fittings and wall tiling.
  • Upgrade the windows, e.g. add a window or windows, increase the size of the standard windows or upgrade the window specification to triple glazing and/or aluminium cladding.
  • Install solar thermal (hot water) panels, if your site is suitable, i.e. south facing.
  • Wood burning stove.

The list of upgrades above is not exhaustive. Talk to us about what you would like to do and we can advise on whether or not it is possible, how much it will add to the cost and any timescale implications. We will include the cost of any upgrades you require in our firm price, mentioned above.

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