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February 26 2021

Cantilevered extension elevates Cairngorms living to new heights

Brown & Brown Architects have completed the metamorphosis of a traditional home in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park with a striking timber, glass and stone extension.

Removal of a dilapidated steading opened up the opportunity for a contemporary extension formed of large elevated social spaces and a guest annexe. Together with the refurbishment of the main house, the result is a flexible home better suited to modern living and the practical needs of a large family.

In a press statement, the practice wrote: "The client originally came to us with the brief of extending the existing house into the adjacent steading, which was 3m lower than the house, and 6m away, in addition to being on an irregular angle to the house. Our approach was to take down the steading, reusing the materials from it, before creating a replacement stone plinth, atop which could sit the main body of the extension, allowing for consistent floor levels between the historic and contemporary elements."

Site constraints guided the use of a cantilevered upper floor to maximise entertainment space while permitting access below for a cherished 1960s Ford Falcon between exposed steel columns.

A building of two horizontal halves the double-height extension rests on a heavy masonry plinth with the lightweight timber and glass social space carried above its shoulders.

A lightweight glazed link connects to the refurbished main home
A lightweight glazed link connects to the refurbished main home
Double height living spaces ensure surrounding landscapes can be appreciated in luxury and comfort
Double height living spaces ensure surrounding landscapes can be appreciated in luxury and comfort

Slender steel columns permit ample access for vehicles below
Slender steel columns permit ample access for vehicles below
The winter wonderland was captured by Dapple Photography
The winter wonderland was captured by Dapple Photography

1 Comment

Fat Bloke on Tour
#1 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 28 Feb 2021 at 13:52 PM
The static caravan vibe of recent highland house design rolls on.

Trendy wendy in the extreme -- to the extent that personal transport for any residents has to be a mid sixties Ford Falcon -- so its engagement with current reality is tenuous in the extreme.

Cherished motor for a large family -- get real.
Ego trip more like -- 60's safety tech / on-road performance should relegate use to high days and holidays not the school run or a trip to Tesco.

The desire to be different overshadows a lot of impressive detailing and a desire to make the most of a simple shape -- simple to the point of being a middle class shed.

Interesting but all too fallible.

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