The plot of this cottage-style house offers space for a 'mirror' extension. A contemporary kitchen/diner is planned, to contrast with the more traditional character of the existing rooms, adding a new spaciousness . To connect old to new, a large opening is being made in the western gable wall - and its stone face will be left visible and untreated as a feature of the new extension. On the extension's upper floor, a gallery study will provide a buffer for the new main bedroom - and utilities and storage on the Ground Floor below will perform a similar role for the new guest room.
A restrained and simple north elevation to the street, in sympathy with the proportions of the existing house, is also designed to contrast with the glazed and expressive 'open face' to the south-facing garden. Simple and local materials, along with underfloor heating, super-insulation and solar-thermal panels will all contribute to reduced environmental impact and running costs.
private client - Aberdeenshire, Scotland