This gorgeous writer’s home may look timeless, but the building didn’t look nearly so elegant in its former life. Located near Melrose, Roxburghshire, Blakeburn Cottage was previously a bland mid-20th century dwelling that underwent an complete transformation at the hands of Edinburgh-based A449 Architects. The architecture firm gutted and overhauled the original building to create a home with a scorched larch facade that blends into the surrounding woods.
Although the Blakeburn Cottage expands the footprint of the original building with additions to the east and the west, the renovated structure manages to minimize its visual impact on the landscape thanks to a carefully chosen materials palette—vertical strips of scorched larch clad the entire building—and its simple, single-story gable form. In contrast to its dark timber facade, white walls and pale wooden floors dominate the interior. Skylights and large windows flood the full-height rooms with natural lighting and frame views of the countryside.
A writer’s studio bookends the east side of the home and is separated from the open-plan living area by the master bedroom and bathroom. The highly insulated home minimizes energy costs with the use of underfloor heating and an air-source heat pump. The Blakeburn Cottage is currently shortlisted for the RIAS RIBA Awards 2016, as well as the Satire Society Housing Design Awards.
Images via A449 Architects