Located in Colinton on a steep hillside above the Water of Leith a new contemporary three storey, five bedroom house was designed and constructed in a conservation area set back from the street behind a traditional stone boundary wall.
The upside down house is organised around a central staircase, which connects the top floor entrance level, to the living spaces on the mid floor and the bedrooms on the ground floor.
The stair and terraces offer views over the Pentland Hills. Extensive glazing and roof lights flood the rooms with natural daylight. Accommodation includes five bedrooms, three with en-suite bathrooms, open plan living, kitchen and dining spaces, a study, home cinema, gym and sauna.
Not only has the house been constructed using high levels of insulation and air tightness the house also includes several unique energy efficient measures. A mechanical ventilation heat recovery system uses air that has been passively heated from the top of lightwell is distributed throughout the house via ducting using low velocity fans.
Project undertaken during employment with APD.
The substantial victorian house had an existing single storey extension which housed an unused bedroom and a storage area. The client wished for this space to be brought into play and sought a solution to the small dark kitchen. The brief was to create a new kitchen, dining, sitting space which opened out to the garden.
An existing bedroom within the footprint of the main house became the kitchen with a larger single storey extension added in place of the existing one to provide the dining and sitting space.
As the previous kitchen had been dark the client wished for the new accommodation to be bathed in light. A triangulated roof light forms the centre piece at the crux of the ‘L’ shaped plan.
The sitting area has large windows out to the garden and there is a new doorway out into a remodelled garden to the side of the property.
The palette of materials being stone, oak, and slate were chosen to unite the extension with the original house and provide a sense of quality to the design.
Project undertaken during employment with APD.
The renovation of a large detached Victorian Villa and construction of a 2 storey extension containing a new kitchen family room.
The formal arrangement of the existing building turned its back towards the garden with a cramped and dark kitchen space. A large section of the existing rear wall was removed allowing for a better connection between the new extension and existing entrance hall, bringing natural daylight deep into the dwelling and refocussed the house towards the garden. The new kitchen/dining space is located in the ground floor of the extension, with a new bedroom and en-suite on the upper floor. Adjacent to the 2 storey extension a new single storey conservatory space has been formed using planar (structural) glazing .
The new addition is a simple cubic form, detailed and clad in a combination of zinc and sandstone panels. Large recessed window openings allow the interiors to be flooded with natural daylight.
Extensive remodelling to main house created a spacious master suite with dressing room and ensuite and two further bedrooms at attic level.
Kitchen and Family Room
Located within the conservation area of Uphall, W9 Architects undertook the full restoration and alterations of a substantial semi detached two storey former Police House.
Constructed in 1894 using local 'Binny stane’ sourced form the now abandonded Binny quarry, the formal layout of the Victioran dwelling was retained and traditional features restored including reinstating original press cupboards, window shutters, ceiling coving and window and door facings.
Extensive structural alterations were carried out within what used to be the original Police cells to create a practical contemporary kitchen suitable for modern family living.
Careful consideration was taken to improve the buildings energy efficiency without loosing the traditional character traditional features. A new SEDBUK A rated combination boiler was installed and Thermostatic Radiator Valves, together with room thermostat to the central heating system. A Morso multi fuel stove was installed to the living room to augment the heating. During the kitchen alterations the existing stone walls were framed out and insulated throughout, time has been taken to draught-proof the existing windows and doors. 300mm of mineral wool insulation was added above the ceilings to minimise heat loss.
New roof light
Restored bedroom fireplace and press
Refurbishment and alterations to a mid storey tenament. Works were carried out to create a two bedroom flat, creating an internal kitchen from the previous kitchen alcove and the box room. The bathroom was refitted upon removal of the water tank. The period features were retained where possible and the entire flat was redecorated.
Extensive alterations and refurbushment of an existing 1 bedroom flat to create a striking two bedroom property. A new opening was created from the living room to create an open plan kitchen, living and dining space. The space beyond was remodelled to form two bedrooms, and a new shower room and utility space were added. The property was fully rewired and new gas central heating installed.
Existing period features, including traditional coving and shutters were restored and original sash and case windows repaired and enhanced with draught stripping through out. Original lathe and plaster internal wall and ceiling finishes were retained where possible. During construction works, damaged wall linings within the living room were removed and the exposed random rubble stone work repointed using traditional techniques to create striking visual feature.