City Architecture Office  

31 Hailes Gardens, Edinburgh


Project Value: £160k
Client: Private
Design Stage: C-L

This typical pyramidal roofed bungalow in the Colinton area of Edinburgh was remodelled and extended by City Architecture Office. The client’s brief was to create a modern family house with easy access to the outdoors.

Panoramic views of the city skyline and hills beyond were sought and the roofspace was to be converted. The layout was significantly altered and the loft converted to achieve this. To the rear a new garden extension contains a lounge, dining, kitchen and utility room that opens out onto a terrace. The original rooms are reconfigured to form bedrooms, a bathroom, stairs and improved circulation.

This timber framed extension is a large open space that benefits from excellent natural light and views out across the garden with seamless openings onto a timber decked terrace.

Carefully placed openings let light flood deep into the plan.

Hailes Gardens, Edinburgh

  This new space is set lower than the level of the main house- cascading into the main living area and beyond. A woodburning stove offers a focal heat source to compliment the underfl oor heating within a well insulated envelope.

The perimeter has corner glazing and slot windows to maximise natural light and views to the garden from key positions within the room. The palette of materials comprises render, brick, oak, cedar, glass and zinc.

  The extension is clad in oiled tongue & grooved Western Red Cedar boards that are carefully set out to avoid cut boards at openings.

The extension roof is finished in anthracite zinc and the volume of the interior follows the shallow pitch to maximise the height within the space. Work to the existing property included a major reorganisation of primary space to form a new bathroom, bedrooms and storage on the ground floor and by making use of the former loft, an ensuite bedroom and balcony on the first floor.

Hailes Gardens, Edinburgh