The book was sparked by the work of the Saltire Society whose Housing Design Awards have charted Scotland’s social and design histories for some 80 years. The awards themselves have reflected the constantly shifting relationship between tradition and modernity in Scottish architecture. Until relatively recently, the Society awarded work mostly in Scotland’s towns and cities. The rural was somewhat of a backwater where recognition was a nod from time to time for some suitably deserving work of restoration. Only in the last 25 years have we seen rural housing transformed in its scope and ambition in the Scottish countryside.