This modern family home was designed to heighten privacy on a tricky plot

A modern self build house with large windows leading out to a green lawn
(Image credit: Neale Smith)

This contemporary self-build home in the Lanarkshire town of Strathaven, was a labour of love for retired architect Gordon Smith. Since its completion in the summer of 2019, it’s now an important legacy and highly personal home for wife Helen.

Gordon and Helen, who had lived in the historic market town of Strathaven for the past 35 years in a four-bedroom Victorian sandstone semi-detached villa, were looking to downsize in their retirement. 

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Caroline Ednie is an experienced homes journalist and editor based in Glasgow. Caroline has written for The Guardian, Scottish Homes & Interiors, Dwell, House Beautiful, Real Homes and other self build titles, to name but a few, and has interviewed hundreds of architects, self builders and home renovators during her career. She is also a former web editor of Architecture and Design Scotland.