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This historic house in Midlothian was first built to be accessed from an ancient Roman road.

Since the construction of a new road to the rear of the building, that road has fallen into disrepair and the house now faces the wrong way.

The proposed extension has been designed to provide a bold new entrance and street elevation, while providing the occupants with a contemporary open plan kitchen/dining/living space and a light-filled bathroom. Reclaimed sandstone from the demolition of a non-original service block forms a new ‘bookend’ element adjacent to the boundary, while the new spaces sit below a sloping zinc shell or behind lightweight timber walls. The junctions between these elements provide opportunities for concealed roof-lights, subtly drawing light into the spaces below throughout the day and year.

Douglas Strachan is a Chartered Architect specialising in contemporary self-build houses and high quality extensions, regeneration and community projects, in Midlothian, Edinburgh and beyond. Many people dream of a bespoke house and having a direct involvement in its design and construction. As all projects are unique, achieving this requires a bespoke service from dedicated design professionals. Design is essentially a decision making process, which relies on a productive dialogue and expert advice. Douglas Strachan provides this through a process of sharing images, sketching and discussion, leading to the development of a personalised brief and bespoke designs. As the project moves forward, they can also provide traditional services, such as making applications for statutory consents and preparing technical information for construction. The most successful projects also benefit from professional oversight and payment certification during the construction phase

Proud to exhibit at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show. Douglas Strachan - Chartered Architect, is a small practice based in Dalkeith and working throughout Scotland, with a broad experience of high quality design, including work in conservation and sustainability. We take pride in providing a straight forward and a personal service to private clients, developers and communities and have a passion for reinvigorating buildings of all ages in both urban<span class="text_exposed_show"> and rural settings.</span> In addition to architectural design and statutory consents, we can offer property development consultancy and project management services to maximise added value, within optimum cost, time and quality parameters.