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Nestled in the ancient woodlands of Abernethy Forest is Fern Cottage, a striking family home that blends together stone and timber, traditional and modern.

Designed by WT Architecture and built by Colin Lawson Builders, Fern Cottage was a finalist in the Saltire Society Housing Design Awards 2018. The brief called for a practical and comfortable family home which retained a strong connection with the external landscape. WT Architecture’s design incorporates most of the living spaces in a modern, open plan extension, and the company selected timber cladding to soften the visual impact.

They said: ‘It was important to us that the contemporary architectural interventions felt light, crafted and delicate. We designed a cladding detail of open timber battens to reduce the apparent mass of the building’s solid wall areas. It was vital that the narrow timber cladding was of a consistent size, finish and quality for the intricate detailing to be successful. Using Russwood’s technical knowledge early on was fundamental in understanding what we could achieve.’

Russwood Siberian Larch (SILA A/B®) cladding offers a natural material which complements the forest’s pine, fir and birch trees. Inside, Russwood Engineered Oak flooring adds cosiness and warmth to the otherwise contemporary open plan space. The result is a beautiful family home that sits comfortably in its woodland habitat.

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