Richard and Elaine Thomas found Heartland Lodges at the Royal Highland Show and realised that Quercus, who construct the Lodges, could provide for them a turnkey project with the specifications that they were looking for. These included the use of natural wool insulation, untreated timber for structure, cladding and linings and as much as practical from Scottish sources. In the genre of a post and beam building the house is one and a half storeys and a simple rectangle on plan. The main spaces are orientated to the south with glazing maximised for solar gain. Utility spaces are located on the north side of the plan where the back entrance allows them to come in from their farm directly to the washing area.

Quercus uses a structural panel system that allows quick and accurate construction on site. This is combined in this case with a bolted post and beam structure that opens up the interior and shows off the scots pine beams, the metal balustrading and the central cast iron wood stove. This sits on a heavy grid of Douglas fir beams that are supported on concrete pad foundations. These were installed in December 2005 in the heavy clay soils that characterise the site. Site conditions dictated that the sewage system was not able to soak away and therefore was designed by the Scottish Agricultural College to have a system of reedbeds and a pond to clean and evaporate the effluent.

The superstructure has a breathing wall and roof to eliminate condensation in the construction and prevent any toxins from being trapped in the building. The choice of natural materials and finishes contributes to the healthy status of the house. The walls have pine lining or plaster internally and roughsawn board on batten larch externally. The flooring is Scottish ash, marmoleum or wool carpet. The house is off-grid with an electrical supply from the existing farm system of a wind turbine, photo-voltaic panels and back up generator. To this was added a solar panel for hot water and the wood stove that provides for cooking, space heating and water heating with wood supplied from the adjacent woodland.

The house has three bedrooms and a plan area of 10.8 metres by 7.2 metres. It cost £97,000 and took six months to build. Quercus Rural Building Design have a flexible approach that allowed the Thomas's to get involved, with their friends, in the actual construction process alongside labour supplied by Quercus. This helped to contain the costs and gave a sense of ownership of the project.