A modest home on a quiet, tree-lined cul-de-sac in a Conservation Area on the northwest side of Edinburgh. The street [historically forming a drover’s route connecting Leith with Stirling] is characterised by tall hedges, mature gardens and large houses set back from the road.
The plan form is a meshing of two rectangular cuboids, the larger containing rooms for living over two levels – the ground floor the entrance hall, shower room, living/dining/kitchen and the upper with three bedrooms and their associated bathrooms. This cuboid constitutes the normal functions of a house.
A smaller, single storey cuboid overlaps and engages the first through the stair element. It contains studio, study and library and constitutes the aspirations or the free plan elements of the brief.
The external architectural expression is mute, grey render with stone volumes designed to visually lose the building within the well-established, mature site.