Contemporary House Extension, 34 Barnton Park Crescent, Edinburgh

The client lived in the house for a number of years with their young family and needed more living space. Capital A designed a contemporary garden room for their next door neighbour three years earlier and they liked the result.


The new living space incorporates the existing front room of the house, which makes it seem larger. The external corner of the house was taken down and a large pair of sliding doors installed to connect the new space to the garden. The new floor is two steps lower than the floor of the existing house which allows one to walk straight outside uninterrupted.


Any well laid out home should have a clear distinction between the private and public spaces. The extension sits in the driveway and forms a new entrance to the house. By creating a new entrance directly into the new kitchen / living / dining area the client can keep guests separate from the more intimate parts of their home. It also makes it very easy to pack the groceries away, lets call it the Tesco Test.


The new entrance has a distinct canopy, which is mirrored over the new sliding door at the rear. The scale, materials and proportion of the new extension deliberately match the neighbouring project but they don’t copy it. A significant element of the design is an integrated bike store at the rear of the extension, this has a full height doorway clad in the same decking as outside the sluing doors. The neighbours extension is totally open, an extrovert but this design is much more imitate.


More details are available on this blog post.

CLIENT: Private BUDGET: £80k + VAT. LOCATION: 34 Barnton Park Crescent, Edinburgh. STATUS: Complete 2016. BUILDER: S. Ewing and Sons Ltd. STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS: 3DM Ltd. GLAZING: Mitchell Glass. PHOTOS: Capital A Architecture Ltd.

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