Replacement barrier-free home planned for secluded Edinburgh lane
April 21 2021
Detailed planning permission is being sought for a replacement detached home on a secluded Edinburgh lane.
Plans by Jefcoate Anderson Architects call for the creation of an open plan barrier-free home that better negotiates changes in site level. To achieve this an existing chalet-style 1980s bungalow and garage on Clapper Lane will be demolished, enabling ground level to be excavated to 70cm along the northern half of the site to bring the grade down to street level.
This will permit level access to an enlarged home defined by a projecting sedum roof above the main entrance and a recessed first-floor balcony.
Introducing their approach the architects wrote: "The design concept draws on the individual aesthetics, styles and materiality of the surrounding properties to provide a relevant contemporary response, referring to the modernist, flat-roofed 1959 Stuart Renton B listed property ’Clapperfield’ which also features extensive glazed elements to provide natural light and to use flat roofs and projections in the elevation to create shadows and shade.
"Our design response uses brick, grey cladding and warm timber-clad highlights to provide an elegant, unobtrusive but interesting aesthetic to Clapper Lane. The proposed form, materials and layout provide exciting opportunities for attractive, simple and durable architectural detailing which compliments the green nature of the area."
The airtight home will employ heat recovery technology such as a whole-house ventilation system to maximise performance.
A first-floor balcony will offer views to Braid Hill and the Pentlands framed by timber privacy screens
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All that grey 'cladding' and occasional timber cladding certainly forms an interesting, but IMHO not in any way attractive, aesthetic.