Take a look inside this 'dementia-friendly' home designed for future living

A living room with a roaring log burner, ply floors and black painted walls
(Image credit: David Barbour)

When Kathy Li and her partner Richie Elliot finished building their new self-build home in Stirlingshire's Carron Valley, it seemed fitting to give the house a name that reflected the couple's profoundly personal journey. With user-friendly spaces and a non-toxic approach to materials at the heart of the brief, they settled on the 'Harmless House'.

Their path to completing the home was long, with many twists, turns, and touch-and-go moments. At the earliest stage of the build, almost six years ago, their previous house on the site went up in flames, and the couple lost everything. It took nearly five years to settle matters with their insurance company.

Headshot of Ann Nisbet Director of Ann Nisbet Studio
Ann Nisbet

Ann Nisbet is an award winning architect and Director of Ann Nisbet Design Studio, a Scottish architectural practise that was established in 2013. The studio specialises in rural and island architecture; including residential projects, master planning, and community projects. Ann's work largely informed by landscape, local history/context, climate and people.

Homes Journalist

Caroline Ednie is an experienced homes journalist and editor based in Glasgow. Caroline has written for The Guardian, Scottish Homes & Interiors, Dwell, House Beautiful, Real Homes and other self build titles, to name but a few, and has interviewed hundreds of architects, self builders and home renovators during her career. She is also a former web editor of Architecture and Design Scotland.