‘We futureproofed our family farm’
Architects Lucy Miller and Kevin Adams transformed and extended their 1890s stone cottage in East Lothian into a seamless old-meets-new family farmhouse
When Lucy Miller and Kevin Adams decided to leave their home and architectural practice in Edinburgh and relocate to the farm that’s been in Lucy’s family for more than half a century, they were faced with a major obstacle. There was no suitable accommodation on the working farm that could comfortably meet the needs of the couple and their two teenage children.
NO PLACE TO CALL HOME ‘My family has owned our farm since the 1940s,’ explains Lucy, who established Kalm Architecture (kalmarchitecture.co.uk) in 2007 with her husband Kevin. ‘Farms traditionally suffer from the problem of the next generation being closely involved in the family business but not having anywhere close by to live. As there’s only one farmhouse, which my dad lives in, other generations had to live away from the farm.’
THE SOLUTION The couple looked around the farm and decided to renovate and extend an existing late 19th-century stone gardener’s cottage by adding a utility area, two bathrooms, a snug and three bedrooms.
LIGHT AND AIRY Following a protracted planning process, the couple managed all aspects of the nine-month design and build. The result is a traditional-meets-contemporary farmhouse with large open-plan kitchen, dining and living area bathed in south-facing light from the garden via large glass doors − an effect that continues into the new extension via clerestory windows and rooflights.
ECO-FRIENDLY The extensive solar gain also means that the house is cosy, even in winter. Additionally, underfloor heating, combined with a woodburning stove, solar roof panels and extensive insulation combine to make it a sustainable and energy-efficient home.
ALL THE NEW WINDOWS ARE MADE FROM HARDWOOD AND DESIGNED BY LUCY AND KEVIN
THE COUPLE INSTALLED A WOOD-BURNINGSTOVE WITH BACK BOILER FROM STOVAX