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Flooring: Chateau character grade oak

WT Architecture’s award-winning conversion in Edinburgh is situated beneath the impressive Georgian façade of Inverleith Row. With the focus of the re-design being to maximise natural light and solar gain, the architects removed the rear masonry wall, opening up the living areas within and renewing the connection to the sunken, paved courtyard that sits within the garden at the rear.  A modest zinc-roofed extension increases space and further blurs the distinction between the external and internal rooms, emphasised by a minimally framed glazed wall and sliding door granting access between the two spaces.

Natural warmth

A translucent glass screen frames the view this glazed wall offers, and suggests a division to the dining area alongside, without interrupting the flow within the open-plan living areas.  The natural slate paving of the courtyard reaches into where the outside once did, further adding to the sense of continuity that is inherent in the design.  Oak boards coat the remainder of the interior floor, with the natural finish contrasting warmly to the cool tones of the surrounding materials, and maximising light throughout.

Consistently excellent

The architect selected Russwood’s Engineered Chateau Natural Character Oak for the floor as: “it was in keeping with the high quality, durable nature of materials chosen for the project.  We have consistently enjoyed excellent service from Russwood, and have found both their products and their advice to be of excellent quality.”

Small Projects Award winner– Edinburgh Architectural Association 2014

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