Young House, Edinburgh


The client approached us to design a compact, highly energy efficient home on a tight site in the east of Edinburgh. The design complements the massing and building line of the neighbouring houses, while identifying itself as a new addition by way of its materials: white lime render, larch cladding and salvaged Scotch slate.

The timber frame was constructed off site, minimising material wastage and disruption to neighbours, and has been highly insulated using hemp and woodfibre board, which combined with the airtightness of the building greatly reduces the heating required. A stove with a back boiler will provide heating and hot water for much of the year, with a whole-house heat recovery and ventilation system to minimise heat loss.

Photographs © Copper Mango Photography / Icosis Architects