Cornival Cottage, Aberdeenshire Building Design, Grampian Countryside House, Scottish Architecture Photos

Cornival Cottage in Aberdeenshire

21 Jun 2021

Design: Brown & Brown Architects

Location: Aberdeenshire, Northeast Scotland, UK

Cornival Cottage Aberdeenshire

Photos by Gillian Hayes

Cornival Cottage

Cornival is the renovation and extension of a traditional Scottish cottage and byre, in the Aberdeenshire countryside.

Cornival Cottage Aberdeenshire

The brief was to create a home for a growing young family, recently returned to the UK after working abroad, and who fell in love with the site and surrounding woodland on their first visit.

Cornival Cottage Aberdeenshire

Our approach was to create a visually quiet refurb, with modern elements clad in blackened vertical timber narrow boards, forming a clear language with the traditional stonework of the cottage and byre.

Cornival Cottage Aberdeenshire

What are the sustainability features?
The building has been insulated to standards far exceeding the building regulations. Openings have been designed and positioned to maximise solar gain, with any required space heating coming from an air-source heat pump system.

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Who are the clients and what’s interesting about them?
The clients have spent many years living in the Far East, and recently returned to Scotland to start and raise a family.

Cornival Cottage Aberdeenshire

What was the brief?
To create a sensitive but contemporary renovation and extension of the existing building, while making it more suitable for modern family living, and creating a stronger connection to both the site and the surrounding landscape.

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What were the key challenges?
The existing building presented numerous challenges, due to its condition and construction type. In addition the project was completed for a small budget relative to the scope of works

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What were the solutions?
We worked with the existing extension structure, stripping it back, before insulating and over- cladding, in order to maximise what could be achieved on budget, and prevent the complete re-build which was initially thought to be required.

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Cornival Cottage in Aberdeenshire, Scotland – Building Information

Architects: Brown & Brown Architects
Project size: 200 sqm
Site size: 2955 sqm
Project Budget: $200000
Completion date: 2020
Building levels: 1

Contractor: Coldwells Building Comapny

Cornival Cottage Aberdeenshire

Photography: Gillian Hayes

Cornival Cottage, Aberdeenshire images/information received 210621 from Brown & Brown Architects

Location: Aberdeenshire, Northeast Scotland, UK

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