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September 14 2021

Permission sought for self-build 'walled garden' Melrose bungalow

Ewan Cameron Architects have filed a planning application for a self-build bungalow at High Cross Avenue at Melrose in the Scottish Borders.

Bounded by stone walls on all sides the 'walled garden' plot the home is to be built on a concrete slab housing an underfloor heating system with hot water supplied via an air source heat pump supported by solar panels, with a mechanical heat recovery system for ventilation.

The modern family home adopts a low slung design in deference to its neighbours, incorporating sandstone walls to blend with the existing masonry boundary. Scottish larch cladding will also be used to blend indoor and outdoor environments with energy efficient glazing dominating the southern aspect.

In a design statement, the architect wrote: "We are aiming to achieve an A rating for energy efficiency so pressure testing and airtightness will be critical during the build phase. Walls will most likely be timber frame with insulation panels. Scottish larch cladding will be used both externally and internally to blend outdoors with indoors and sandstone feature walls at the main entrance & lobby area. At the southern aspect, highly efficient glazing will be used to capture the effects of solar gain and enhance the accessibility of the garden for occupants."

A timber-clad 30sq/m outbuilding is proposed as part of the works. 

A 30sq/m outbuilding is proposed alongside the home
A 30sq/m outbuilding is proposed alongside the home
A feature fireplace harmonises the indoor and outdoor materials palette
A feature fireplace harmonises the indoor and outdoor materials palette

1 Comment

Graeme McCormick
#1 Posted by Graeme McCormick on 14 Sep 2021 at 19:46 PM
Externally very understated. There’s blend but a wee bit of distinctiveness wouldn’t go amiss.

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