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Scottish Longhouse Living on the Niagara Escarpment

February 14, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SANDY MACKAY

This Scotsman longed for a house that reminded him of home.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Ski Season 2018 issue of  OUR HOMES Southern Georgian Bay, p.48. Find local businesses in our Southern Georgian Bay directory.

Two large clocks in Scott Young’s kitchen-dining space tell the time difference between Scotland and Canada. The builder keeps Scotland close to his heart, and the home he recently finished for his family is a stunning modern version of a traditional Scottish Longhouse, built in the hills south of Thornbury. Born in Bathgate, Scotland, Young and his family moved to Canada in 2007, when he got involved in the entrepreneurial scene in Southern Georgian Bay and by 2008, Scot-Build Developments Inc. was founded.
 
Young’s team has developed a valuable reputation for their work, and while they continue building quality custom homes, Young is animated when he describes the longhouse designs they are bringing to the local market. “Everyone lives differently, so we customize for all our clients,” he says. His home is a starting point and inspiration for his clients. “This is true lifestyle living,” he says.
 
Traditionally, a Scottish Longhouse would be built as one long, narrow home with a fire in the centre. Longhouses were often built in low-lying areas where they could find natural shelter from the elements. In the winter months, cattle would reside on one side and the family on the other; the original design featured small windows to conserve heat in the cool northern climate. Young’s longhouse design, however, is more modern, incorporating copious amounts of natural light through large windows that capture a stunning view.
 

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