Having brought up a family of three children,
this Edinburgh couple decided to turn their attention to
improving their Newington property. The house, a handsome
late Victorian villa set in a sea of grass bordered by a
privet hedge, had hardly changed over the years so was in
need of some degree of modernization.
While acknowledging the many positives of
their home, for example the generously proportioned front
rooms and wealth of period features the couple were aware,
as in common with many of the buildings of the time, the
property was deficient in maximizing the potential availability
of light. The dining and kitchen areas in particular,
were small and dingy though facing onto a sunny garden area.
Additionally there was no proper outside seating area save
in a corner of the courtyard to the rear of the property
which received just a few hours sunshine per day during the
The plan was thus to open
up the kitchen and dining areas to create a multi-purpose
Garden Room overlooking a purpose built outside seating
area. When the Architects had finished their work we were
left to deal with the external space as shown in the “Existing” layout.