Doing some research and looking at lots of other properties and interior design concepts is certainly a very wise idea indeed if you’re currently mulling over the possibility of having a glass extension carried out at home in the next year or so.
Because they’re such a big investment, you need to make sure that you know exactly what you want right down to the very last detail, from the materials you want to use to what you actually want to utilise the extra space for once the construction work has come to an end.
Those of you on the search for interior inspiration right now might want to have a quick look at Lochside House, a stunning new property in the West Highlands of Scotland which has just been named by the Royal Institute of British Architects as the House of the Year 2018.
Sitting on the edge of a lake, the house is made up of three buildings closely huddled up next to each other, with a separate studio for the ceramic artist owner of the property to work in. Each of the structures have been clad in burnt Scottish larch and protected by traditional drystone wall, so they blend in beautifully with the natural landscape – almost camouflaged, in fact.
Interestingly, because it’s in such a remote place, the house has gone entirely off grid, with all the energy coming from the sun and the water pulled up from a borehole!
British designer, writer and TV presenter Kevin McCloud (who you’re sure to have seen on Grand Designs) explained that the building has been suitably tailored to its situation, almost “seamed into the tapestry of this place and it is so much the better for it”.
Architect of the house Tom Miller did note, however, that the project wasn’t exactly a straightforward one, saying: “It was only possible because we had a client with the uncompromising determination and vision to keep pushing us to achieve our best, and a contractor’s team for whom we have enormous respect – they seemed to thrive on the unique challenges posed by building on such an exposed and inaccessible site.”
You might also find it useful to check out some of the properties on the shortlist for this year’s award, such as Red House, a new-build home that was praised for being an “assertive piece of architecture”.
Or what about Vex, which was once land used predominantly as a fly-tipping site but which now stands proudly as the setting for a stunning private house. The curved form of the house is certainly interesting and unique to behold, with the layout providing flexible working and living spaces, with tranquil inner areas complete with curved walls and staircases throughout.
If any of these ideas appeal or you have concepts of your own you’d like to discuss, get in touch with us today to find out more about how we can help you create your own dream home.