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House and Office, 1 West Annandale Street
- Begun: Aug 2010
- Completed: May 2011
- Floor area: 93m2
- Sectors: House, Office
- Total cost: £73,559
- Procurement: Negotiated contract & self build
- Address: 1 West Annandale Street, Edinburgh, EH7 4JT, United Kingdom
Refurbishment of a eighties shop conversion for use as a home and office, allowing light and ventilation into previously dark stuffy interior
By reverting the front elevation to a ‘shopfront’, adding a new pitched roof and utilising the neglected space over a dropped ceiling, natural light has been restored to a building which had remained in the shadows since its conversion to residential use in 1984.
The house’s staircase has been moved from the middle of the plan to a void created at the front of the building, under the glazed facade, to allow light into the basement and free up the centre of the plan.
On the ground floor a single table serves as both dining table and meeting table. The previously dark and airless storage space at basement level is now the living room. The narrow site allowed a pre-finished steel deck to be used as a single spanning structure.