The couple commissioned a garden room side extension from architect Nick O’Neill of Aaltspace, a local practice specialising in the adaption, conversion and extension of existing homes.
All Images copyright Nick O’Neill, Aaltspace Architects
The owners wanted a new extension to make more of a connection between the property and its surroundings: a garden at the back and the canal, which is a Scheduled Monument. The work required a sympathetic approach and the approval of Historic and Environment Scotland.
The extension attaches to the property’s gable end, which was opened up in two places to provide direct access to the living areas at the front of the house and the kitchen at the back.
The garden room is unobtrusive, nestling behind the canal’s boundary wall without physically touching it. Glazed gable ends track the morning and afternoon sun and lead the eye into the garden and along the canal banks.
‘The canal wall is celebrated as a beautiful object and the generator of the garden room’s eight-metre, column-free panoramic window,’ explains Nick.
For Franck, Sharon and the family, the new addition functions as a hide on a beautiful stretch of water, providing views of nature and the changing seasons without impacting the landscape.
Bespoke Rationel AURAPLUS windows and doors
‘We considered bespoke windows and doors made locally, but the manufacturers couldn’t offer warranties, guarantees or factory-applied finishes comparable to Rationel’s,’ says Nick.
The importance of thermal glazing performance
On the south and south-westerly sides, the glazing has to cope with challenging weather and high winds in particular. ‘We wanted reliable ironmongery for the openable windows and patio doors with friction break mechanisms to control the size of the openings for ventilation and security.’
Anthracite windows and doors help frame views and create a uniform experience.
Natural oak and sandstone make the extension interior feel warmer. Below eaves level, Anthracite windows and doors help frame views. Above, the gable windows are finished in White RAL 9010 to tie in with the white ceiling.