South Edinburgh

South Edinburgh


Single-storey extension opens up access to breathtaking Pentland views for the Hughson family.

The extension to this 1980s house in South Edinburgh involved adding a single storey on to a family home, replacing an old conservatory and creating an open plan living space to include the kitchen, dining area and snug.

Working in conjunction with us at Rationel and Sam Foster Architects, owners Mr and Mrs Hughson were very pleased with the results. 

David Hughson said: “We were 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.”

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The Hughsons also had good things to say about the Rationel windows that were supplied by ADW distributors. “We hadn’t appreciated the benefits of triple glazing until now.  Security wasn’t our top priority, but the windows and door system provide the ultimate security benefits.”

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 surrounding environment and its 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” explained a representative of Sam Foster. 

“You would expect a timber window to last at least 80 years,” he continued. “We particularly liked that Rationel windows’ aluminium cladding could easily be clipped off and on again and replaced, should the colour fade over time.”

The timber frame of the building was insulated with 300mm of recycled newspaper, before being clad with untreated Scottish larch, which allowed the colour of it to gradually fade to a natural grey.

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