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When a client of Lorn Macneal Architects began searching for a historic property to renovate, the firm knew exactly where to turn: a B-listed 17th century mansion house in the Lothians. Sadly, years of neglect had taken its toll on the once majestic property, leaving it ravaged by dry rot and decay, and so began a rewarding renovation to transform the house into a warm and intimate family home.

Externally, to the rear of the house, a modern two-storey extension houses an elevated garden room overlooking the newly-landscaped grounds, and the stonework, chimneys and roof have undergone extensive repairs. Inside, a dedicated team of craftsmen reinstated the original staircase, matched cornicing profiles and restored period details. On the ground floor, the kitchen was transformed into the heart of the home, with bespoke cabinetry by Michael Hart complemented by a warm traditional wooden floor running through to the basement.

Russwood’s engineered boards were selected for their stability, and 17th century single smoked finish was sympathetic to the character of this newly rejuvenated home. Michael Fredlander of Lorn Macneal Architects said: “We have a long working association with Russwood – the first time we specified Russwood flooring was in 2001 – and as well as offering a wide range of high quality products we have always found them to be very knowledgeable and helpful.”

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