About Us

Our Story

HebHomes is a dynamic and fast-growing company that has taken its passion for our architectural heritage and great design to create unique modern living spaces at affordable prices for customers throughout the UK and abroad. With hundreds of houses already built and many more in the pipeline we are a company with an established track record you can trust. 

We have our origins in the architecture practice Dualchas, founded by twin brothers Neil and Alasdair Stephen.  The simple idea was to make the best architect-designed Dualchas house designs available as off‑the‑peg kits to as many people as possible. Over the last two decades we have developed these designs with the latest eco‑friendly construction materials to enhance and expand our HebHome offering. We have also built a network of trusted partners and suppliers as our team has grown across offices in Glasgow, the Isle of Skye and England.  

Our designs have won many awards and are recognised as having influenced and greatly improved the quality of buildings in rural Scotland and beyond: designs from both Dualchas and HebHomes have been showcased at the V&A design museum in Dundee. Interest in our designs is now global with our first house now under construction in the United States.  


Customers first

We realise that you are not just buying a kit house, but building your dream home for the future. To make this process as effortless as possible, we will provide you with all the information, guidance and expertise to select and build a home that meets all your requirements.  You will be guided through every stage with your own project manager and architect, with a commitment to professionalism, integrity and design excellence. 

We always respond to what our customers tell us.  It means that we refine and expand our designs to match your needs. While Hebhomes provide over 40 standard designs to choose from, our architects can amend and tweak your chosen design to meet the demands of your site and brief. 

You can also decide our level of involvement from the start. HebHomes ‘turnkey’ service can take you through the entire build process from planning to completion.  You could also choose our partial turnkey service, where we construct to externally complete, leaving you to finish off the inside.  We only affiliate with contractors with the best reputations in the industry so we can continue to deliver fantastic houses and satisfied customers.


Sustainable and Environmentally Sympathetic

Our landscapes are precious. We have a responsibility to enhance our countryside, not despoil it: we want our houses to look like they belong. And we must do this while protecting our environment.

We believe that we can achieve this by taking inspiration from the simple, narrow designs and careful proportions of traditional northern European rural architecture.  This means the designs have a connection to the past, yet are contemporary. And they are highly energy efficient, use environmentally sustainable materials as well as being beautiful homes.

Our hope is that future generations will come to cherish the HebHomes house as part of their own cultural heritage. Good architecture can help make beautiful places even better.


Our Team

We are proud that 70% of our staff have architecture qualifications.  Led by Alasdair Stephen, a RIAS architect educated at Strathclyde University, HebHomes has an outstanding track record of innovative design and business excellence and has delivered over 300 homes to customers in rural and urban locations throughout the UK and Ireland. 

As well as our highly-qualified staff we work with engineers, technicians and builders who understand our products and share both our ethos and our deep commitment to our customers.


Alasdair Stephen RIAS –  Managing Director

After graduating from Strathclyde University with an honours degree in architecture, Alasdair continued his education at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the Gaelic college on the Isle of Skye. It was during this course in business studies and communications that he set up Dualchas Architects with his twin brother Neil.

Subsequently Alasdair founded HebHomes with his brother Neil and former director Donald John MacLennan. Alasdair has led HebHomes since 2010, growing the company with help from his talented and dedicated team of staff.

Neil Stephen RIAS - Director

Neil Stephen was educated at Glasgow School of Art and the Mackintosh School of Architecture. After graduating, he travelled to Hong Kong where he spent several months working on major commercial projects for Tom Yip Architects.  His fifth year dissertation examined the architectural and political problems of housing in the Highlands, and led to his setting up Dualchas Building Design with his brother – later renamed Dualchas Architects – which set out to transform the design quality of domestic Highland architecture.

He was lead architect on a house project at Boreraig which won an RIAS award and was widely published internationally. As a founder and director of HebHomes he has helped lead the way in bringing affordable quality design to the wider public.

Simhika Rao - Associate Director

Simhika is an experienced Architect who has worked in London, Hong Kong and Scotland for practices such as Piercy&Co and Grimshaw Architects. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh and Westminster, Simhika is also an Associate for Architecture Sans Frontiere UK, primarily focussing on developing community led reconstruction strategies of earthquake damaged communities in Nepal.  

Simhika is in charge of delivering projects, including turnkey, and has a supervisory role over the project managers and customer relations.

John Martin - Senior Technician 

John brings a wealth of experience to his current role as project manager of HebHomes. With a degree in architectural technology from the University of the Highlands and Islands, he worked as an architectural technician at Anta Architecture before joining our team in the same role in 2007, later rising to senior architectural technician.

John is responsible for the technical output of Hebhomes, including detailing, drawings systems and specifictions. 

Lynsey Foley - Sales and Marketing Manager 

Lynsey graduated with a BA in corporate communications from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh and worked as an agency accounts manager at the Scottish Media Group before serving in senior sales positions at the Herald, the Daily Mail and Radio Clyde.

She joined HebHomes in 2011 and is in charge of coordinating marketing and sales for a fast-growing company. She also plays a key role include media communications and events organisation.

 

Fiona MacGregor - Senior Architect

Fiona studied at Strathclyde University and spent her final year in South America where she focused her thesis on sustainability. After qualifying as an Architect and working in practice, she also dedicated time as a University design tutor.

Fiona has experience on both small and large scale projects ranging from education, residential to community led projects. Her keen interest in rural housing stems from her family roots in the Western Isles of Scotland.
 

Merrill Park - Senior Sales Executive

Merrill graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2005 and worked for several years as a commercial interior designer and contract administrator on large scale projects in Glasgow and London before moving into design sales and marketing.

Merrill joined HebHomes in 2016, bringing her knowledge of design and sales to coordinate new project enquiries as well as providing contractual administrative support to the architectural team.

 

Iona Hutchison - Office Manager

Iona Hutchison emigrated to Scotland from Australia in 2018. Having specialised in customer service in her previous career, Iona provides a friendly and welcoming introduction to HebHomes. Her exceptional organisational and management skills are essential for the efficient running of the office.

Lewis Hutchison - Architect / Project Manager

Lewis trained at Strathclyde University School of Architecture in Glasgow. He has a keen interest in housing and worked for various practices during his studies such as Kitrk Architecture and CRGP Ltd. For six years he worked at JM Architects in Edinburgh being involved in many large scale projects in education, student accommodation and residential.

Lewis joined Hebhomes in September 2020 and has been a fully qualified architect for several years and brings this excellent experience to his role as a project manager. 

Cameron McCue - Architectural Designer / Project Manager

Cameron McCue is a graduate of the Mackintosh School of Architecture.   Cameron brings a wide range of skills to the office including design, animation, photography and model making.  Cameron is also a succesful shinty player. 

Before joining Hebhomes Cameron worked for ZEF Concepts, a sustainability and green technologies consultancy based in the UK and Lebanon.  He has also worked with David Russell Architects. 

Lara Barcena Gass - Architect / Project Manager

Lara studied at the Mackintosh School of Architecture and the ETSAB in Barcelona.  A qualified architect she has extensive experience working in both Scotland and her native Spain.

Lara is skilled at model making and sketching as well as being an exceptional musician. 

Sharon Clayton – Finance Manager

After re-locating from Lancashire to the Isle of Skye, Sharon started working for HebHomes and Dualchas Architects in 2011.

Sharon previously worked for a Construction Cost and Project Management Company in Manchester City Centre.

Sharon is responsible for the Accounting and Finance, where her accuracy and attention to detail is highly valued.
 

Craig Stephen - Non-Executive Director

Craig has over two decades experience in finance  as an investment analyst, corporate advisor and investor.  He began his career working for Cresvale Securities in Hong Kong and is currently Investment Director of MediaCap, an Australian media-for-equity fund.

Craig is the brother of Neil and Alasdair and brings his wealth of knowledge working with growth companies to advise on international business expansion, funding and strategy.  He has an economics degree with honours from the University of Strathclyde and joined the board of HebHomes in 2019.
 

Jean Hamilton - Director

Jean is an economist and consultant with over 30 years experience of economic and business development including 10 years at Scottish Enterprise.  A graduate of the Universities of St Andrews and Glasgow, Jean is a private investor and Director of multiple companies including Triscribe, a health informatics company, Horizon Housing Association, Ceteris, a provider of commercial premises and business advice, and Abbotshaugh Property Limited.  

She joined the board of HebHomes in 2011 and leads on the commercial and financial aspects of the company as well as overseas expansion.

 

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