Case Study

Salen Pier Lodge

Peter and Susanne


Nine years ago, Peter, a proud Yorkshireman, decided to take matters into his own hands with his wife Susanne by purchasing an incomplete home project next to Salen Pier on Mull. Their objective was to restore and reconstruct it into high-end accommodations that they could rent out to anybody visiting the island and live in during their regular excursions to the island. After completing the renovation and successfully renting out the property for a few years, Peter and Susanne began restoring the Pier, including one of the old buildings that would be utilized by a local shellfish company.


Peter wanted a source that could send a wood frame kit to a distant site, give the necessary skills and advise, and supply materials that could resist the pier's extreme exposure.

Furthermore, the pier's lightweight structure and the projected property's exposure to all of winter's weather need careful logistical preparation.


We couldn't install a crane on the pier because it wouldn't be sturdy enough to support its weight, so we devised a system of lower panel sizes that could be manhandled into position.

To address the exposure issue - and considering that the pier, most likely, would be lashed very often in winter by extremely high waves - we planned the home to be built using Val-U-Therm, our factory insulated closed panel system that, in addition to being a highly strong construction, also gives extraordinarily good thermal performance, so significantly decreasing Peter's ongoing central heating expenditures.




Today, Salen Pier Point's high-quality accommodation for four people overlooks the Sound of Mull, boasts spectacular views, and is just a short walk from the Ethical Shell Fish Company, where visitors can purchase fresh fish most days of the week.

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Client's Words:

“Work started planning with Scotframe in March 2015 with the timber frame kit arriving on site in August, after most of our visitors had gone. We didn’t want their holiday retreat to look like a building site. They have done a great job and I have already recommended Scotframe to others. I would certainly use them again.”