A modern timber-clad extension to this traditional 18th century granite cottage in rural Aberdeenshire has brought this property to the 21st century.
The homeowners wanted a forever home where they could relax and enjoy the natural setting, so designers at Polka sought to marry old and new. The main living areas are now sited in a purpose-built open plan extension that’s flooded with natural light thanks to large expanses of glass.
Replicating the local vernacular, the extension takes a traditional form. Seeking to achieve a seamless, elegant aesthetic, the team of designers chose Siberian larch SILA A/B RW014 horizontal timber cladding. This material has fewer knots to distract the eye and will weather to a silvery-grey that visually connects with the earthy palette of the surrounding land and the existing granite stonework.
The slick finish is achieved through minimal detailing around the eaves, with windows arranged flush to the boards and hidden gutters and downpipes.
Finally, FassadenClip fixing clips allow for secret fixings and ensure there are no visual distractions along the surface of the cladding.
“Russwood were very professional, with an outstanding expertise in their products,” says the homeowner. “Communication was great, with all issues answered immediately. The elegance of the cladding is a representation of what we wanted to achieve for the rest of the building.
“You could almost say that the cladding determined how and what we did with the rest of the building’s details. The design seamlessly ties together old and new… keeping a vernacular style of architecture that will improve and enhance the site for many years to come.”