the project

We were asked to design a large family home in East Renfrewshire to accommodate the client’s large family.

The outcome of deliberation over how to design the house, was the proposal of this large, traditional, Scot’s baronial style home, complete with a feature tower with conical tourelle turret. It is designed to reflect Eaglesham Castle, an extravagant nearby 1859 mansion with towers, turrets and gables by renowned architect David Bryce, which was sadly destroyed by fire. The new building aims to create an asset to the architectural heritage of East Renfrewshire for years to come.

The proposed house sits on a hill amid 24 acres, and overlooks an ornamental loch to the south, with mature landscape as the backdrop to the north. It seeks to sit naturally in this environment with use of natural materials, use of the land’s natural contours, and use of a familiar vernacular style.

 

How we worked

The house sits on the site of a mid-century house, which after careful consideration, it was decided to demolish, as it was felt extending it would simply result in a sprawling building which ultimately would not enhance the landscape, or fulfil the client’s brief. So, the newbuild design makes intelligent use of the site’s natural contours, meaning that the footprint is kept to a minimum, and garaging is tucked away under the West wing, out of main sight.

The house design is classically symmetrical, with a central entrance and hallway and two main public spaces on either side. This provides two natural wings, with the extended family able to occupy one, while still being connected to the rest of the house.

The elegant style follows proportions familiar in traditional Scottish Architecture. These include elements from castle architecture, Scotland`s vernacular architecture and well-used embellishments. It is usual for these sorts of buildings to employ local natural materials including slate, lime harling, stone, and timber to ensure the building is in harmony with the landscape and part of the local environment. We have incorporated local natural materials which are widely used in the buildings of the area.

Success of the project

Having taken many local style elements into consideration, both of the materials used in the nearby conservation village of Eaglesham, and of the sadly destroyed Eaglesham Castle, we feel this finished design works extremely well within the local environment. The well-proportioned features and high quality natural materials will differentiate this house from standard traditional pastiche architecture, and will enable it to become a significant building in the local area.

It will also provide excellent family accommodation, with spacious independent areas for the extended family. As a new build home, it will incorporate significant green technologies and design features to enable a low-energy lifestyle, as the clients have requested.

Having taken many local style elements into consideration, both of the materials used in the nearby conservation village of Eaglesham, and of the sadly destroyed Eaglesham Castle, we feel this finished design works extremely well within the local environment. The well-proportioned features and high quality natural materials will differentiate this house from standard traditional pastiche architecture, and will enable it to become a significant building in the local area.

It will also provide excellent family accommodation, with spacious independent areas for the extended family. As a new build home, it will incorporate significant green technologies and design features to enable a low-energy lifestyle, as the clients have requested.

The final internal design features of this house are currently being completed.