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The new house design has an additional porch to the original design. This allows for an additional shower room and storage facilities.
Underfloor heating and excellent insulation ensures a low energy home.
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The original house had been empty for a number of years. It comprised a living room with kitchenette off, a toilet, and a bedroom. The dilapidated shed was incorporated into the new design which provides a view towards a lovely beach a stone's throw away.
In contrast this new house design by Stuart Shand from Shand Architecture expresses its character in quite a different way. The heavy oak trusses look as if they have stood in this position for centuries - and will stand for centuries longer.
Despite appearances this house is thoroughly modern and is heated by a ground source heat pump and has underfloor heating throughout. Insulation standards are very high and the house maintains a steady temperature. The stove provides back up heat when required (not often) and a focal point in the winter evenings.
Highland Holiday Cottage
This commission for Shand Architecture was to totally recreate a holiday cottage on the same footprint as a very small Highland but and ben. The old house was demolished and a new build incorporating high levels of insulation, double glazing and underfloor heating allied to a wood burning stove have resulted in a modern take on an old house. The cottage sits comfortably among the other traditional houses nearby but has a clean, contemporary interior allied to low energy needs.
This contemporary house designed by Stuart Shand from Shand Architecture is full of light from the west facing full height windows. Our clients were looking for a minimalist, light filled interior. The day rooms on the ground floor face the river to the west and merge with each other through sliding pocket doors that disappear into the wall, opening up the whole of the floor from kitchen / dining / lounge and family room.
The materials are light coloured - the same floor tile is used throughout the main rooms and with underfloor heating there are no radiators to spoil the uncluttered look. Splashes of colour have been introduced with soft furniture and fabrics.