An extension to a single storey farmer’s cottage dating from the late nineteenth century, selected by the Scottish Government to help promote good quality housing design and placemaking throughout Scotland.
Our concept grew from the client’s desire to have the kitchen as the hub of the home, coupled with our intention to get as much natural light into the deep plan as possible. The strategy for the ground floor plan was relatively straightforward, with spaces arranged around a bespoke kitchen hub. Utilitarian spaces were located where they would have minimal impact on views, with windows positioned to frame the countryside and capture morning and afternoon sun, in particular the glazed doors at the main entrance, and the northwest corner of the extension.
The extension is a conventional block masonry construction with a western red cedar timber shingle cladding, which has weathered to match the colour of the masonry of the existing cottage, although with a softer feel. The roof is finished with slates with mitred hips to avoid often unsightly flashings, and is completed with a single ply membrane over the flat section.
Budget constraints meant that the initially proposed aluminium windows were substituted for upvc, but the grey external finish successfully achieves the desired effect. The cedar board window reveals were detailed such that as much of the fixed frame was concealed, and only the framing to the opening vent visible, mimicking the narrower profile of the more expensive aluminium.
Internally the simple material palette is continued, with timber and slate used as floor finishes, the former continuing through a new large glazed internal door to the existing living room. Visually this allows the new and old spaces to flow into each other, but more importantly provides the link between a series of considered, flexible spaces much more suited to a young family than the building’s previous composition.