We developed an extension on a traditional farmhouse in West Linton, Peeblesshire. Working alongside Bergmark Architects, we overcame a number of challenges that the complicated site presented.
A crucial first step was to install ground source heat pumps to heat the whole of the ground floor, in both the old house and the new extension. The pipes that service the heat pump were buried in a nearby field, nearly 2 metres into the ground. Though a complex process (the local landscape is marshy and bog-like), the heat pumps now provide enough electricity for the whole house, including a charging point for the family’s car. We had to dig out all of the existing floors in the old house in order to insulate it. We poured a screed on top, which we polished. The polished concrete connected the old house and the new extension through a corridor at the gable end of the old house.
The extension is a steel-frame construction with block and timber walls with a corrugated insulated sheet roof, which is in keeping with the surrounding farm buildings. The generous windows capture the magnificent views of the Borders countryside. We also upgraded a few other windows throughout the original farmhouse in order to make the most of the scenery. We sourced the windows from Rationel. The kitchen worktop and splash-backs are made from polished concrete, just like the floor.
The build was extremely challenging at times due to adverse weather conditions and its difficult location. The house was part of an old quarry, and is situated on a single track lane on the top of a high verge.