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Barron-Strachan House

Barron-Strachan House
This house in Edinburgh's Greenhill area was originally built in 1850. In 1950 the architect Esme Gordon moved in to the house and carried out a number of alterations over the next 15 years. A neo-classical stairway and front hall was formed as well as a large bow-ended modernist drawing room. The current owners wanted to connect the house better with the rear garden and to make the dark, damp and cold service-wing useable and brought together with the main house.

So, the solution was to build a new garden-room between the bow ended living room and the service-wing, creating a better connection between the different internal parts of the house as well as to the West facing garden. Large sliding doors give access to the garden and a pyramid cupola adds balance to Esme Gordon's bow window. The service wing was partially demolished, with only the rear and end wall standing, in order to damp-proof the structure and to rebuild the wing with insulation to meet modern requirements.

This became a master bedroom suite with a large bedroom and bathroom, built-in storage walls as well as downstairs cloakroom. The front wall is timber framed and cedar clad to add warmth and a more tactile façade treatment facing the garden. Solar thermal panels were added to the roof and the draughty and cold Esme Gordon bow-window was re-glazed with double glazing.
PROJECT: Barron-Strachan House
LOCATION: Greenhill, Edinburgh
CLIENT: Dr Barron & Dr Strachan
ARCHITECT: Bergmark Architects
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Structural Design Consultants
Barron-Strachan House
Barron-Strachan House
Main Contractor:  Braidwood Building contractors

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