House and steadings, Lower Dounreay, Caithness

Mechanical copy with colour wash on paper, c.1928-39
RCAHMS: Sinclair Macdonald and Son collection presented in 1996

Sinclair Macdonald’s architectural practice was based in Thurso with secondary offices in Wick and Kirkwall.

 In 1926 the Housing (Rural Workers) Act initiated an assistance scheme for the improvement of agricultural housing.  Sinclair Macdonald won the Caithness county contract and the practice was to spend the next thirty years undertaking reconditioning work on workers’ housing

This drawing for their client Jack Davidson is typical of work carried out. The plan shows an extension to one end which would lengthen the existing building and so allow each home a living room, a bedroom and the luxury of an inside toilet and a plumbed in bath. Small extensions on the rear would provide room for sculleries with the indication on the back wall of a sink and built-in cupboards suggesting the beginning of such modern luxuries as a fitted kitchen.