St. Baldred's Crescent

Rochmankowski Architecture Design, North Berwick, 2012


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Refurbishment and rationalisation with timber-framed extension, incorporating a complete 'gutting' of the original building to convert a 1950s bungalow to a modern 'party' house

The brief called for a low-cost refurbishment of a ‘1950s’, bungalow into a second-home ‘party house‘.

The existing dwelling was completely gutted and roof-structure removed to form a single large ‘entertaining’ space facing East, with West facing rooflights. A ‘service’ strip accommodating Main entrance, Bathrooms and Utility room, runs parallel to the main space with connections through to the new bedroom extension, enabled by the demolition of an existing garage.

The interior is clearly zoned to minimise intrusion between public and private spaces. These are separated and mediated by the service zone and ‘race-track’ circulation routes, enabling access/egress to front and rear without crossing zones.

A loft defines activities and creates intimacy and mystery in the public space.

Green oak cladding to the extension sits on a brick plinth and partially wraps around the existing bungalow.

Although intended for entertaining, the conversion has proved to work well as a private home.


  • Begun: Dec 2011
  • Completed: Jun 2012
  • Floor area: 150m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £140,000
  • Tender date: Oct 2011
  • Procurement: Exchange of Letters
  • Address: 17 St Baldred's Crescent, North Berwick, EH39 4PZ, United Kingdom

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