Architects Aberdeen
Project Information

Netherraw Steading, Borders

An unused farm steading in a site bounded by rolling farmland developed into a generous family home.

The steading showed evidence of incremental growth in response to changing requirements for space and evolving technologies of agriculture. The development continues this pattern with an efficient plan generated around the central courtyard locating principal rooms south, bedrooms east, and ancillary rooms west. This spatial arrangement is carefully considered to enforce the natural benefits of the site and instil a strong sense of place while utilising the building's inherent architecture.

Taking the vernacular language as influence the interventions are carefully considered in response to site and brief and playing with the inherited pattern of solid and void. The new vertical timber linings are carefully inset into former openings, allowing the finished scale of the building to remain domestic with deliberate reference to it's former agricultural use.

Clearly residential in purpose the conversion does not detract from the robust and honest agricultural identity of the original building.