Westbourne Drive

NORD architecture, Glasgow, 2013


Elevation to street 

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  • Elevation to street    
  • Ground floor ensuite and garage with new dormer over    
  • Rear dormer    
  • Dormer detail    
  • Bedroom window    
  • Illuminated niche / vent panel and escape provision    
  • New balustrade to existing stair    
  • New rooflights and open balustrade allow light down to ground level    
  • Dormer silhouette    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Sections and Elevations    
  • Elevations    
  • Existing drawings    
  • Existing / Proposed    
  • Dormer study - part photo essay of local precedent    
  • Detail sheet    

Dormer conversion and extension of an inter-war bungalow

Extensive local study and consultation with the Planning Authority resulted in a subtle but significant shift in the application of planning guidelines, allowing for an extension which is neither set back nor down from the original building.

A monochrome palette and simple detailing defers to the brick, render and rosemary tiling of the original building, without subservience, again allowing for a singular, clear expression. New additions read assertively with the original house allowing the completed building to read as a whole, whilst the history of development is clearly legible.

Internally there is a reversion to simplicity in new elements. Fixed glazing with frames recessed is allied to flush skirting and facing details to create a crisp and clutter-free backdrop to a young family’s many necessities. A vent panel serves each bedroom, doubling as escape provision while a feature light here functions in place of a pendant in the low ceiling. In tandem with the deep window cills this forms what is akin to a piece of fixed furniture to each room
Downstairs a new en-suite affords privacy to guest accommodation for those less mobile and a new skylight and fixed cabinetry piece brings light into the existing kitchen.


  • Begun: Jul 2012
  • Completed: Jan 2013
  • Floor area: 220m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £120,000
  • Procurement: Traditional
  • Address: 9 Westbourne Drive, Bearsden, Glasgow, G61 4BQ, United Kingdom

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