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  • Lauder Road

  • It really is fantastic when a client's aspirations for a space come together with a clear architectural vision.  Clean lines, simple forms, natural light and elegant materials combine to create an extension which sits comfortably and confidently in its mature context.

    This extension to a grade B listed villa on Edinburgh's south side lends the house a new lease of life.  The extension addresses the garden as well as the south and west light, providing the house with a fantastic space for a busy family to enjoy time together.

    The Nordic influences are subtle but a real focus on making the most of the Scottish sun and daylight drives the principal design moves.  The space inside has a tranquil quality to it.  There's ample space to cook, dine and relax with generously high ceilings and expansive areas of glazing leading out to the landscaped garden.  The connection with the outdoors is clear to see, and unexpected from first arrival.  The rooflight, the oriel window and panoramic sliding doors all combine to genuinely bring the outdoors in.

    A reduced and considered pallette of materials compliments and enlivens the simple form.  Scotch Buff sandstone, in long format units, with an elegant string course and copes, help to reduce the scale from the outside.  Zinc is a timeless material, at once both modern and traditional; its use creates a visual break between new and old.  Polished concrete terraces create spaces for folk to spill out into the garden, blurring the lines between interior and exterior.