Contemporary Rural Home, Glencassley

Replacing a derelict building with a bespoke modern home in stunning surroundings.

Bell Ingram Design (BID) was appointed in the last quarter of 2019 to deliver full architectural services for a bespoke contemporary home which would replace an existing cottage that has been derelict for over 20 years.

The decision to construct a new build dwelling was not one taken lightly by the client, but the feasibility study conducted by our architects proved bringing the existing property up to current standards would not be economically feasible, and a new build property was the more viable option.

The client’s brief was to create a three bedroom home with a large open plan living area. This gave BID the opportunity to explore the potential for a truly contemporary design approach which fits unobtrusively into its stunning surroundings.

Using 3D modelling, BID created a bespoke one-off design that allowed our client to visualise the property and get a feel the proposed living space.

Due to the property’s remote location, the building was planned as a single storey to minimise its impact on the landscape. To further reduce the impact of the new dwelling a sedum roof was chosen, replacing the lost planting area below and improving the energy performance of the property.

Although this is a modern and contemporary design, a mixture of locally sourced timber and reclaimed stone from the original building has been used as the exterior façade. The natural and organic materials allow the bold design to fit seamlessly into its environment.

On behalf of our client we have obtained Planning Approval and Building Warrant Consent for this bespoke, modern and contemporary house design. The project is currently out for tender and we are looking forward to progressing on to site in the coming months. 

Murray Fleming

Tel: 01463 717 799

Lauren Livingston

Architectural Technologist
Tel: 01307 462 516

Article posted on 13/09/2021

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