Steading conversion extends a centuries-long farming tradition
May 18 2022
A growing family of five have secured the future of a working farm in South Lanarkshire, ensuring it remains fit for purpose for the modern era.
Ceangal House sees an 1800s steading, part of a farm documented as being in continuous operation by the family since the 1600s, painstakingly rebuilt with the client laboriously cleaning over 4,000 reclaimed bricks, repurposed as herringbone flooring.
Guided by Loader Monteith Architects, clients James and Lorna Hamilton have rebuilt the structure as an L-plan courtyard home holding out a protective arm against the unforgiving elements on an exposed site. This is joined by a timber-clad office and guest studio to the western site boundary, connected to the main house by a red aluminium and timber pergola.
Characterised by three pitched red gables defining the lobby, kitchen and living areas Ceangal House celebrates its connection to the landscape with end to end open views out to the countryside, removing claustrophobic 'dead ends'. This approach reaches its zenith at a glazed corner reading room while bedrooms reach out to the courtyard directly via glazed doors.
Iain Monteith, director at Loader Monteith, commented: "We were given a clear brief but creative licence by James and Lorna. We envisioned Ceangal House as a place that protects and holds you within the wild Scottish weather, balancing open, light spaces with warm, cosy nooks. This is achieved by the semi-broken plan visually connected by the pitched roof form; the family can be in the main wing together, yet have their own space to enjoy the views beyond.”
Finished in red sinusoidal cladding in an overt reference to agricultural tradition the house makes no concessions to modern life with underfloor heating was made possible by digging 90cm deep foundations below the heavy masonry floor, enabling it to serve as a thermal store, radiating daytime heat by night.
Images shown courtesy of Dapple Photography