Gilston Farmhouse : Polmont
Housing : Self Build
Our client’s approached us with aspiration to create a new dwelling within the grounds of their property which would allow them to down-size and provide a home more suitable for retirement years.
The project aims to create a new dwelling which is highly insulated with low running costs and with primary heat and hot water extracted from the ground via a ground source heat pump. In return for this initial investment low running costs will be achieved in use.
Interestingly the proposal seeks to build the new house in front of the existing farmhouse rather than to the rear and as such seeks to adopt an approach of minimum visual impact to protect the existing farmhouse setting.
The building is arranged as a single storey home with open plan living kitchen and dining space which enjoys triple aspect and illumination and which benefits from a pitched ceiling internally creating extra volume and feeling of spaciousness.
Materials are chosen to respond to the site context, white render relates to the existing farmhouse with timber cladding providing warmth and drawing reference from the local woodland character. Sedum roofing is chosen to allow the new dwelling to read as a piece of landscape when viewed from the upper levels of the existing farmhouse.