PUDDING LANE, COMRIE
Location: Comrie, Perthshire
Client: Private Client
Programme: Completed 2014
This intriguingly named late 18th century cottage is one of the oldest buildings in the small Perthshire village of Comrie. It is within the Conservation area and is Category C listed. The house was in a very poor state of repair and had been empty for some time.
The original cottage was restored to a high standard through restoring the original room layout and adding a staircase to the third floor, to create a further bedroom within the roof void. The whole building was highly insulated and a new services system provided. This includes underfloor heating, allowing a slate floor to be installed, which is highly appropriate for its use as a self-catering property.
The major new design feature is a timber clad extension which provides a new dining space. With extensive areas of glass, this extension deliberately contrasts with the solid walls and small windows which characterise the original cottage and helps provide a light filled space which connects to the private garden.
The extension also provides an upper floor Viewing Studio. Designed as a quiet and contemplative space, its cherry panelled walls and extensive glazing provide both a sense of protection and enclosure along with spectacular views of the sky, forest and mountains of the Scottish Highlands beyond.