Steading Conversion

East Lothian

The brief was to convert a fine steading building into a farmer's home.  The original steading complex with two open courtyards is an interesting example, both in plan and details, particularly the cantilevered roof structure to the central spine.  With narrow roof spans, the building presented a challenge in developing a practical house plan.

The west facing block forms the main living spaces, with a large kitchen - dining room and sitting room overlooking the garden.  The bedrooms are in the wing facing the courtyard, lit via rooflights and internal windows to a corridor.  The cantilevered wing was left largely untouched.  

The repairs were sensitively carried out, using matching materials.  Where open walls were enclosed, timber boarding with a red and green colour scheme were used, echoing the traditional painted farm carts.

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