The site is enclosed by the surrounding neighbourhood of Victorian villas and townhouses and is situated remarkably near Edinburgh’s city centre. The location for the new house sits on a boundary edge, uniting two, previously separate, and legally defined plots. This location resolves the legal servitude, protecting the front plot from development (nearest the street) and unlocks these otherwise landlocked and unmaintained sites.
The front plot, previously a formal landscaped garden, becomes a generous and already mature front garden and the rear plot becomes a more secluded garden. A two storey block contains most of the accommodation, with a single storey outshot into the rear garden, containing a fifth bedroom/study, which helps to enclose a suntrap south facing garden. The ground floor is substantially glazed allowing it's public spaces to be open to both the front and rear gardens, and reinforcing the connection between the two plots. Materials include Dunhouse Blue stone to the non-glazed areas of the ground floor; untreated Oak timber cladding to the upper floor; generous sliding glazed doors to the rear and tern coated stainless steel roof with a long linear roof light above the circulation stair.