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Just north of Newbattle Abbey in the Eskbank area of Dalkeith, Craig Amy Architect were tasked with building an innovative new extension. They worked at scale to create an add-on that was large enough to house an additional kitchen, dining room and utility space along with a larder and two new rooms: a new garden room and an en-suite home office.

Viewed from the garden, much of the large extension is hidden, giving the impression of a smaller add-on. This creates an inviting elevation to the side garden, affording a welcoming connection to this previously forgotten part of the grounds. Moving inside, the extension breaks out into a series of spaces that, though connected, feel smaller and more homely than open plan provides. The new angle turns the new kitchen towards the morning sun, and the rotated garden room benefits from the late afternoon sun for longer.

The architect chose hardwood timber cladding to match these warm the tones with the existing brickwork, contrasted by dark grey window-side panels. The Architect Select® grade of Western Red Cedar cladding which has been vacuum coated for longevity, while the slate clad spine walls anchor and define the different areas of the extension while also breaking up the long elevation to the side. 

Craig of Craig Amy Architects said, “After previously completing a similar extension for a neighbour where we used a varnished western red cedar cladding, we knew that the tone of wooden cladding complemented the red brickwork very well – but the clients wanted a long-lasting end product. Therefore we opted to get Russwood’s Architect Select® Western Red Cedar Cladding vacuum coated with a Teknos Coating for a consistent finish with a long-lasting performance.”

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