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Located near Forres, in a quiet part of rural Morayshire, Rhynagoup Steading is a stunning, contemporary home that clearly resonates with the local vernacular. Utilising the footprint of three separate existing buildings, LDN Architects were tasked by their private client with designing a welcoming retreat that would not only offer a place to relax, but also provide a decent space in which to execute a strip-the-willow!

A Feel For Tradition

Re-imagining the original, single-storey buildings in their traditional forms and materials of stone, timber and harled masonry, LDN achieved a single steading by creating a glazed circulation route that connects all three dwellings, whilst encompassing an open courtyard within.  The glazing around the courtyard floods the interior with light, and simultaneously internalises the previously external walls of the original buildings.

Uniting Spaces

Elaborating on the concept of the now internal external walls, the materials used on other interior surfaces chime with those on the exterior with limed walls, natural stone and timber set out articulately throughout the steading.  Timber flooring was specified by the client and is used underfoot to great effect; flowing through the majority of the interior spaces and becoming a unifying element for the different forms and levels. 

Tried and Trusted

Having specified a Russwood floor for a previous project, the client was delighted to return to Russwood for Rhynagoup.  Choosing a 17th Century Natural Brushed Character/ Prime solid oak board for their home, they enthused, “We completely love your floors!  The house came alive with the wooden floor, feeling warm, cosy and welcoming as soon as it was installed; we love it.”

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