The Gables

A re-imagining and retrofitting of a modest 3-bedroom 1970s bungalow within one of the most sought-after suburbs of Glasgow to create a substantially enlarged and energy efficient modern house to suit our client’s passion for open plan living and love for traditional and contemporary architecture.

Newton Mearns, Glasgow
Private Client
Project Type
Residential Home Design
Project Status
Completed September 2023

The easy and more cost-effective solution would have been to demolish the existing house and replace it with a brand-new home. The client’s passion for sustainability and preserving heritage, even though the house was not listed or in a conservation area, has however resulted in a sensitive yet honest design that reconciles the opposing passions of our client for traditional and modern architecture.

Building a substantial L shaped wrap-around single-storey extension enables the creation of the additional floor space needed to meet the client’s lifestyle and accommodation requirements, while the new cantilevered steel frame structure on the south façade allows wall to wall glazing with open views to the generous garden grounds across the new veranda.

‘It’s a place that’s full of light even on a grey day. The minute you walk into the house you have the rooflight above you which makes the entrance so bright and inviting. The different materials in the interiors reflect the light in interesting ways. You feel the expanse of the open plan spaces with all the light.’ ‘Its amazing to us that although the house is almost 3000 sq feet, it feels like everything is close to you. It doesn’t feel like any part of the house is miles away, we always feel part of it. And we can see so much of the garden now that wasn’t possible before. It’s given us the lifestyle that we wanted, and there is a real sense of calm throughout the whole house.’

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