When Alison and Simon Watkins moved to the Scottish Borders, they struggled to locate a piece of land suitable for their self-build home plans.
They eventually stumbled upon an unusual opportunity – a contractor was selling off four building plots on a 20-acre development site, along with a complete design and build package.
Enchanted by the picturesque valley location, the Watkinses jumped at the opportunity.
With the help of contractor David Palmer and architect Gordon Melrose, they created a stunning, light-filled home, with a bespoke upside down layout to make the most of the spot’s views.
Built in harmony with their sloping plot, the house is divided into two buildings on different levels, linked together by a passageway lined with large windows.
The upper building houses the main living spaces and the master bedroom, while the lower part of the structure accommodates two bedrooms with a Jack and Jill bathroom connecting them.