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For professional architects, there must be few challenges more exciting than designing your very own family home and workspace. This was the case for Ben and Rosemary Scrimgeour, owners of Building Workshop, who created their affectionately-named Humpty House from scratch.

As you might expect, everything in the build is bespoke – from the steel roof and staircase to the oversized shutters and even the kitchen draw pulls. Located near Kirriemiur, Angus, the Humpty House enjoys views over the beautiful Lintrathen Loch and is surrounded by mature woodland.

The design is a 21st century interpretation of a traditional rural agricultural structure. Half drawing office and half family home, the exterior is clad in Russwood vacuum-coated Siberian Larch, painted a warm cream to subtly enhance the natural backdrop and soften the exposed steel and glass. Inside, the clients selected Russwood oak flooring in long wide boards, which they have oiled with white osmo oil. Upstairs, Russwood supplied solid pine, which the clients have painted.

Rosemary Scrimgeour said: “In Russwood we were able to find a good quality product from a friendly Scottish company, and the possibility of finishing the oak with our chosen oil to achieve exactly the finish we were looking for. We received lots of help in selecting the materials and were always made to feel very welcome when visiting the showroom.”

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