the project

This fine B-listed country house set overlooking the River Findhorn is one that we’re very excited to work on. It’s in a wonderful part of the world, and is an impressive traditional building in many ways.

However, it is in need of some attention, particularly by updating and improving several 1960’s additions which would benefit from being more in-keeping with the original style of the house. The owners want to improve parts of the interior to give them several more workable spaces, yet keep the whole within a traditional style.

They’re particularly in need of a large kitchen and dining room for entertaining – which we have designed to be the dramatic focus, the kitchen featuring an oak-trussed roof space. Both kitchen and dining room look over immaculate lawns that sweep down to the famed Scottish salmon river.

The client is keen that all alterations and improvements should reflect their preference for traditional Scottish architecture, which sits appropriately within the existing landscape.

 

How we worked

We are proposing to replace the poor 1960’s extension with a superior quality extension with pitched roofing to better match the existing house. Other issues include addressing damp in rear quarters of the house, including in a Victorian gun room, and to update a separate cottage to convert into further accommodation. We will also ensure all areas have improved and more energy-efficient heating systems.

We are trying to emulate the elegance of the main block of the house and knit together the lower isolated blocks of building with a new core, containing the dramatic kitchen and dining room

In all building work, we will use appropriate traditional materials, including lime render, slate, and painted timber windows to match the existing house.

 

Success of the project

We feel that should the planning department approve, we will be able to bring this listed house to a standard where it will serve its owners well for years to come. In particular, the addition of a splendid large kitchen and dining room will be perfect for entertaining large groups, allowing many people to enjoy this wonderful setting by a magnificent salmon river.