Look­ing sharp

Builder Paul Dempsey ex­tended a Vic­to­rian semi with a sleek and con­tem­po­rary stone-clad ad­di­tion

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Builder Paul Dempsey ex­tended a Vic­to­rian semi with a sleek and con­tem­po­rary stone-clad ad­di­tion

Build­ing an ex­ten­sion to a tra­di­tional build­ing is al­ways a chal­lenge, but the lo­ca­tion of this fourbed­room Vic­to­rian semi in a Con­ser­va­tion Area in Ed­in­burgh, made the project even more dif­fi­cult. The own­ers were keen to mir­ror the prop­erty’s stone-built char­ac­ter in the new ad­di­tion while adding some con­tem­po­rary fin­ishes, so we worked closely with them through­out the project to cre­ate an ex­ten­sion that would also work with the orig­i­nal build­ing’s nu­mer­ous his­toric fea­tures.

When plan­ning the ex­ten­sion, we chose ma­te­ri­als like sand­stone, lime and lead that were sym­pa­thetic to the pe­riod house. The wrap-around space was con­structed with tim­ber, but we added a pol­ished sand­stone- clad façade to com­ple­ment the stonework of the main prop­erty. We mod­ernised the ex­ten­sion with glass, in­clud­ing large slid­ing doors and a frame­less can­tilevered cor­ner. The re­sult is a sharp, crisp look that pro­vides the kitchen with views across the gar­den, too.

As the build pro­gressed, we also made a num­ber of in­ter­nal changes, in­clud­ing adding two new bath­rooms. The pre­vi­ously dark, com­part­mented lay­out of the ground floor has been trans­formed into an open-plan liv­ing ar­range­ment to give the own­ers the light and airy space they wanted. Other ren­o­va­tions in­cluded adding un­der­floor heat­ing, en­gi­neered floor­ing and a flat roof sky­light over the kitchen to let more light into the cen­tre of the prop­erty.

Af­ter plenty of hard work, we man­aged to pro­duce a qual­ity ex­ten­sion for a very pleased client.

Builders: True Build, 0131 278 0998, true­buildltd.co.uk Num­ber of be­d­rooms: Four To­tal project cost: £150,000

pe­riod home Above right The own­ers of this prop­erty wanted to en­sure the ex­ten­sion would com­ple­ment the unique fea­tures of their ex­ist­ing Vic­to­rian house

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