Nestled in the ancient woodlands of Abernethy Forest is Fern Cottage, a striking family home that blends together stone and timber, traditional and modern.
Designed by WT Architecture and built by Colin Lawson Builders, Fern Cottage was a finalist in the Saltire Society Housing Design Awards 2018.
The brief called for a practical and comfortable family home which retained a strong connection with the external landscape. WT Architecture’s design incorporates most of the living spaces in a modern, open plan extension, and the company selected timber cladding to soften the visual impact.
“It was important to us that the contemporary architectural interventions felt light, crafted and delicate,” the design team says. “We designed a cladding detail of open timber battens to reduce the apparent mass of the building’s solid wall areas.
“It was vital that the narrow timber cladding was of a consistent size, finish and quality for the intricate detailing to be successful. Using Russwood’s technical knowledge early on was fundamental in understanding what we could achieve.”
Russwood Siberian Larch (SILA A/B) cladding offers a natural material which complements the forest’s pine, fir and birch trees. Inside, Russwood Engineered Oak flooring adds cosiness and warmth to the otherwise contemporary open plan space.
The result is a beautiful family home that sits comfortably in its woodland habitat.
Read more about Fern Cottage on Russwood’s website.