Millbuies House was originally an early post war modernist courtyard house designed by Robert Matthew. After being sold to Heriott Watt University it was converted to a teaching establishment for students of horticulture. The building is listed category B.
When bought by the clients, the building fabric was in poor repair, unsuitable for habitation and the plan layout didn't suit their needs. The brief was to looks at the options for re-modelling and/or extending the house to provide additional bedroom and living accommodation. A major upgrading of energy systems, thermal performance and other services was also required.
The refurbishment maintains the integrity of the stripped back modernist exterior, refurbishing and retaining the high quality hardwood cladding, palette of materials and pattern of windows.
The house was substantially re-roofed to incorporate a new structure above the original courtyard. The whole roof was thickened to add thermal insulation with a new aluminium edge capping. A new roof was built at the South Elevation to allow the living room to open onto the garden with full height glazing. New penetrations for rooflights were made through the roof to bring light into previously dark internal spaces.
Internally, the layout of the house has been changed to suit modern ways of living. The house is entered through the windowless front elevation into a bright entrance hall served by a wide new rooflight. This leads through to a new kitchen and dining area in the old courtyard, now lit by clerestorey glazing on all sides. A large pocket door between this and the new sitting room maintains an open plan flow through to the garden.Interior decoration is stripped back to allow the play of light and shadow on the interior walls from the many windows and to show off the clients collection of art.
Mr Robert Gillan
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