House in Edinburgh by Capital A Architecture
“Capital A have made a classic 1930’s Edinburgh house fit for modern life by adding an elegant contemporary extension.
Construction of an elegant contemporary extension has recently been completed in Edinburgh. The extension was designed by Níall Hedderman, director of Capital A Architecture Ltd. The project was commissioned by Donal McBreen and Emma Russell, who needed to alter their 1930’s one storey, square plan, detached house. “There are thousands of similar houses across suburban Edinburgh, they are hugely popular but their original layout is unsuitable for modern life” Níall says. This house had enough bedrooms for Donal and Emma’s young family but it didn’t take advantage of the large rear garden. The original kitchen was small and not well connected to the living space and there was no clear distinction between the public and private spaces. The original front door opened onto a hall accessing bedrooms and the living room, which made the house seem cramped and unsuitable for entertaining.
Níall’s design of an L-shaped open plan space to the rear and side has successfully resolved all of these issues. The new extension houses the kitchen, living and dining spaces in one room but the layout ensures the different activities work perfectly together. A glass wall dominates the space, six meter (19.7 foot) wide by three meter (9.8 foot) tall, facing North across the long rear garden.
The light this brings into the space is really special, it doesn’t cast shadows or cause glare, it is ideal of cooking, reading or watching TV. The glass was provided by Mitchell Glass, of Galashiels. Their Lewis Roden says “We have provided glass for a number of Níall’s projects, they are always interesting, high quality designs”. The glass wall is framed by a large sheltered deck between the garden and the living space. The sheltered deck allows Donal and Emma to use the garden on days when the weather isn’t perfect. The extension also includes a new front entrance to the house which creates a clear distinction between the public living areas of the house and the more private bedrooms accessed from the existing hallway.
Donal and Emma found Níall via his company website, seeing he had a track record of building projects like theirs. Emma says “it has been a pleasure working with Níall and we are delighted with our new house”. Níall recommended the building firm S.Ewing and Sons Ltd from Fife for the project, having worked with them on similar projects in the past.”
Photos courtesy of Capital A Architecture