Dean Cottage, near Peebles


The alteration and extension of a property in heavily wooded surroundings in the Scottish Borders. A two storey element containing the majority of the new accommodation is set apart from the cottage on a north-south orientation reducing its impact on the principal south elevation, maintaining the clarity of the original house. This new element is linked to the original cottage only at ground floor level extending along the rear elevation forming a new entrance hall and rationalising circulation space. The highly insulated timber framed extension is discernibly contemporary with a simple clarity of form and material distinct from the original.

The main living accommodation opens to a terrace to the south overlooking a reinstated mill pond. The millpond will provide hydro electric power and the surrounding woodland managed to provide fuel for a biomass boiler. Sycamore felled on the grounds has been used to provide flooring for much of the property, as well as a bespoke staircase fabricated by local craftsmen from Real Wood Studios.

Photographs © Chris Humphreys / Icosis

Shortlisted for Saltire Society Housing Design Award 2011

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