We completed the build of Mol Bàn in 2009. It was one of the first SIP (Structural Insulated Panel) buildings in the Western Isles. The walls, ceiling and floors were all delivered ready insulated to a high standard with large areas of argon filled double glazing providing wonderful views but also keeping in the heat and providing a good deal of solar gain. Heating is via an exhaust air heat pump – harvesting and compressing the rising hot air in the kitchen and bathrooms and turning this into hot water for the underfloor heating and upstairs radiators. We have extended the life of our beautiful mid-century furniture (mostly Ercol) through re-upholstering.
We have tried to encourage local flora and fauna by leaving some parts of the garden to their own devices. Snipe and curlew have taken advantage and as well as the ‘usual’ array of bird species – gulls, eagles, herons, buzzards, ravens, blackbirds, goldfinches, wheatears, cuckoos etc etc - we have recently seen sparrow hawks and merlins.
Our home is a croft in the village where our approach to the land is one of re-wilding, tree planting and preservation of peat bogs.
We are continually striving to improve Mol Bàn and its environmental impact. Our next step will be to deploy a renewable energy source.
Our cleaning and laundry products (for washing towels and bed linen) are from smol (https://smolproducts.com). We also leave some smol dishwasher tablets for guests to use.
The liquid soap, washing up liquid and toilet cleaner we provide are from Bower Collective who produce fragrant and sustainable products whilst minimising plastic waste by sending refills in cardboard or re-useable plastic pouches – https://bowercollective.com
Our energy (from Octopus) is on a 100% renewable (sun, wind and water) tariff.