Extension gives family Pentland views
This new extension to a 1980s house in south Edinburgh is a single storey added to a family home, replacing an old conservatory, which creates open plan living space to include the kitchen, dining area and a snug.
David Hughson the owner says:” We are delighted with the designs our architect came up with for this project – we would never have dreamed of sloping the extension roof upwards and outwards, but as a result of that design we have this magnificent view of the nearby Pentland hills, framed by the windows at the top of the external wall.”
Owners Mr & Mrs Hughson are very, very pleased with the windows which were supplied by ADW Scottish distributors for Rationel, the Danish window firm. “We hadn’t appreciated the benefits of triple glazing till now. Security wasn’t our top priority, but the windows and door system provide the ultimate in security features and benefits.”
The timber frame of the building is highly insulated with 300mm of recycled newspaper and then clad with untreated Scottish larch which will gradually fade to a natural grey.
“You would expect a timber window to last at least 80 years –“continues Sam Foster the architect from Dunfermline. “Think about all the Georgian windows in Edinburgh’ New Town – single glazed and built over 150 years ago. We particularly liked that Rationel windows’ aluminium cladding can easily be replaced- clipped off and on again, if it fades over time.”
Sam Foster architects are well known for creating bright, modern, sustainable buildings made from robust natural materials to ensure a positive and healthy impact on the environment and their occupants. “To avoid overheating within this extension, on a south facing aspect, we specified electric actuators, which can be used to open the windows on a hot sunny day, to provide ventilation,” continues Sam.