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The Old Schoolhouse

Renovation, Extension


This renovation and extension of a notable stone cottage culminated in a highly unique and sustainable family home. The 150-year-old building was formerly an Aberdeenshire village schoolhouse and our clients sought to preserve its historical integrity. 

Restored features include a traditional staircase, wall panelling and an arched timber alcove - originally the school master’s sleeping quarters - now a cosy nook within a modernised master bedroom. 

The facade was respected and replicated, with heritage-matched sash and case windows, panelled doors and a fully reslated roof. A new outdoor terrace which connects to the kitchen provides extra entertainment space.

Extensive internal works were undertaken to the whole house, including the structural remodelling of the ground floor, an electrical and plumbing refurbishment, as well as full joinery and high-spec kitchen refit.

The addition of a light-filled, single-storey extension, clad in warm tones of thermally modified pine, revolutionised the flow of the residence. The result is a thoroughly modernised home, which retains its traditional spirit for a new chapter of its architectural life.


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