House Remodelling and Renovation, Merchiston, Edinburgh

Jefcoate Anderson Architects were appointed as architects for the remodelling and renovation of a two-bedroom, mid-century cottage in the heart of the Merchiston and Greenhill Conservation Area, Edinburgh.

Our brief was to remodel the house to create new spaces that would provide a bright and welcoming environment in which our Client could pursue their passions for music, painting, books, and entertaining friends.

The remodelled house is entered via new double height entrance hall and dining area. Oak veneered panels, back-lit with LED lights, line the lower walls, designed to allow for the hanging of artwork, whilst extensive oak shelving provide generous amounts of display space for the many items our Client has collected over the years.

A bespoke oak staircase leads up to the first-floor feature landing comprising a window seat and large picture window framing the mature trees beyond. Built in oak bookshelves line the walls either side. The landing leads on to a master bedroom and to the client’s art studio with walls, floor and ceilings finished with OSB board.

Externally the new build elements of the house are primarily clad with open jointed siberian larch.

Our Client succinctly summarised the project process in the following words,

‘In the beginning we were asked what we wanted – we said a house of “glass and wood”, which is what we now have: a beautiful house, full of light, which sits happily in the leafy space that surrounds it.’

Project completed 2021

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