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Aberdeenshire Home : St. Cyrus Cottage

House in Northeast Scotland design by Paterson Architects

2 Nov 2010

Location: southeast Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Design: Paterson Architects

‘House on the Hill’

St. Cyrus cottage Aberdeenshire home
photo © Keith Hunter

House in St. Cyrus

This new Aberdeenshire home was created by the restoration and extension of the existing, traditional farm steading on the site. The original house has been restored to give an appropriately vernacular external appearance with an open plan interior which accommodates the owner’s business. A connecting corridor extends the building in a long low range which provides new living accommodation. Large windows embrace the views along the coastline to the south and the Angus glens northwards.

St. Cyrus Aberdeenshire house

Built from a locally fabricated timber frame with larch cladding and a combination of fixed and sliding windows, the simple palette and understated form of the building create an elegant new home whose impact upon the landscape is minimal. In fact, only the original steading is prominently visible within long views. This is a seductive and welcoming building which takes maximum advantage from its setting through an architecture of consummate understatement.

St Cyrus House – Building Information

Architect: Paterson Architects
Client: Confidential
Contractor: Pert-Bruce Construction
Structural Engineer: David Narro Associates
Environmental Consultants: Ironside Farrar

Contract Value: Confidential
Date of completion: Sep 2009
Gross internal area: 260 sqm


St Cyrus Property

Paterson Architects have received planning consent for a significant extension to an existing single storey cottage, near St Cyrus in Aberdeenshire. The three acre site is on a hill and surrounded by agricultural land. It overlooks the North Sea and Montrose Basin to the south and has further panoramic views north to the Angus Glens.

St Cyrus House St Cyrus Property St Cyrus Home

The existing cottage nestles into a band of mature trees which provide a wind break for it and the extension. The cottage is L-shaped with traditional white render and a slate roof and will be upgraded to be used as a home office with visitor accommodation. The cottage is linked to the new 190m2 single storey extension that houses the majority of the family accommodation.

Children’s bedrooms and the living and dining areas face south with large windows to maximise the views and benefit from passive solar gain. The master bedroom faces west with views north to the glens. The exterior of the extension has vertical board on board larch cladding, with a continuous flat parapet that is lower than the roof of the existing cottage. The language is very similar to Paterson Architects’ award-winning house in East Lothian.

The client has approached a local contractor, with a view to starting on site in September 2008.

St. Cyrus House images / information from Paterson Architects 290508

Location: St. Cyrus, Aberdeenshire, northeast Scotland, United Kingdom

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