Extension 32 Barnton Park Crescent, Edinburgh
This contemporary garden room was designed for a client who wanted to enjoy her newly landscaped rear garden. The room also serves as a new living / dining room and is insulated and heated to provide comfort all year round.
The room is 4.5m square, with two walls of glass providing an uninterrupted view of the garden, like massive HD televisions. The glass box is topped off by a roof overhang which works several ways; drawing the eye down, towards the garden and away from the sky, when viewed from inside. By providing a sheltered, intermediate zone on the outside, it also caps off the garden room, making it appear larger, framing an elegant, horizontal proportion.
The brief for the garden room was challenging, it had to be elegant, contain lots of glass and cost less than £30,000. Including VAT!
The solution to all of these challenges lay in the clever use of steel frame as the main building material, this could be built quicker than any alternative method and still be light enough to maximise glazing. To get the full story behind the garden room, read Modern Architecture with a Minimalist Price Tag, on the Capital A Blog.
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