The alterations at Frogston Avenue required consideration of how to provide just enough additional space to bring a better flow; flexibility; capture sunshine and frame views to the Pentland Hills, while being mindful of not impinging on the valuable garden space. This compact extension (14sqm) uses materials which are carefully chosen, but are all intentionally standard products and consistent with the style of the existing 1970’s house. The exceptions being the use of a triple glazed window system allowing generous views and maximizing the connection to the garden. The new elements of glazing, walls, floor and roof have been designed to provide excellent thermal efficiency, air tightness and a vapour open construction.
The dining room is given a small anti space which provides the expansion needed for a larger dining table setting, while allowing the space to bleed into the garden and the new extended living room. The additional living room space feels at home with the existing space, but simultaneously, its new loftiness with a sloping ceiling pitched towards the hill view, is enough to give the space its own defined character, as a garden room might feel. This space is flooded with sunlight, and the new south facing window frames the Pentland Hills beyond. These are intentionally small and simple moves which, by understanding the clients’ needs and requirements, have allowed the back of the house to be engaged with sun, view as well as everyday practical improvements.
Location: 12 Frogston Avenue
Client: Mr & Mrs Duncan
Completed: March 2015
Contract value: £50-60 000
Contract type: Small works JCT
Contractor: Robert Reid Builder
Greatest challenge: Normally the relationship with the builder might be the challenge for such a compact project, however, here the builder handled the co-ordination with complete care, craft and transparency in terms of communicating cost.
Photography: Angus Bremner