The Beekeeper’s House Roxburgh, Scottish Borders Home, Contemporary Kelso Residential Property, Building

The Beekeeper’s House in Roxburgh, Scottish Borders

3 March 2022

The Beekeeper’s House in Roxburgh

Design: Zone Architects

Location: Roxburgh, Southern Scotland – near Kelso

The Beekeeper’s House, Scottish Borders near Kelso

Photos by Paul Zanre

The Beekeeper’s House, Roxburgh, Scotland

This house was commissioned by Kate Atchley, a keen beekeeper and interfaith minister. She searched for and found a south facing plot looking over the Teviot on the edge of a quiet village in the Scottish Borders, near Kelso.

The Beekeeper’s House, Roxburgh, Scottish Borders home

Kate wanted three bedrooms, open plan living space, a studio for visitors and lots of work space including a study and shed. The house had to have a strong relationship with its garden, be as energy efficient as possible and have a low carbon footprint.

The Beekeeper’s House, Roxburgh, Scottish Borders interior

Zone Architects designed the house in the middle of the plot, with the kitchen facing south surrounded by garden. The studio for visitors has a small, private garden and entrance to the north. A straightforward volumetric shape was chosen for economy of build and this is kinked in the middle to follow the line of the lane and provide design interest.

The Beekeeper’s House, Roxburgh, Scottish Borders interior design

The house is arranged to maximise its oneand-a-half storey volume with the stair offering spatial interest and windows carefully positioned to capture various views of nearby church, viaduct, the Teviot and hills beyond.

The Beekeeper’s House, Roxburgh, Scottish Borders property

The Beekeeper’s House in Scottish Borders – Building Information

Client: Kate Atchley
Architect: Zone Architects
Contractor: Gibson + Hall
Project type: One-off, new-build house
Location: Druienish, Roxburgh, Scottish Borders TD5 8LZ

Contract sum (excluding professional fees and VAT) but including landscape & fit out: £500,000.00
Cost per m2 of gross internal floor area: £2200.00

Scottish Borders Home, Contemporary Kelso Residential Property

Design Team:

Structural Engineer: Elliott & Co.
Contractor: Gibson & Hall
Interior Design: Zoe Moore design
Garden design: Nick Burton

Photos: Paul Zanre

The Beekeeper’s House ground floor plan

This is a very energy efficient home which sits happily in its village setting on a previously disused piece of land.

The timber framed house is clad in larch, detailed to reference typical beehive construction. There is an emphasis on using natural, low carbon materials. Local craftsmen have contributed specialized joinery, plasterwork and metalwork.

Surface water from the roof and paved areas is dispersed via an innovative dynamic groundwater system via a matrix of 65 boreholes below the garden. This takes the load off the public sewer system.

Contemporary Scottish Borders home near Kelso

Vital statistics:

SAP: A/95
Carbon emissions: 5.17 Kg/m2/yr
Overall weighted u-value 0.21
Airtightness: 2.3
3KwP Solar PV
Air source heat pump + MVHR


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The Beekeeper’s House images / information from Zone Architects 030322

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