New Build House
- West Lothian

Structural Engineer
Elliott & Co.
Under construction

Construction is under way of this single storey family house near West Calder. This is the first house granted planning consent under West Lothian Council’s ‘exceptional’ house in the countryside policy which allows buildings of outstanding design to be built in open countryside.

The design of the house explores issues of the modern vernacular in rural Scottish architecture. It will also be West Lothian’s first zero carbon home.

The four-bedroom house will be sited in an area of new woodland planting which it will share with a high voltage pylon. Inspired by Stephen Spender’s poem The Pylons, the design is themed around the use of electricity.

The two wings of the building are derived in form from the vernacular cottage typical of the area and are twisted to provide sheltered outdoor spaces. The pre-oxidised bronze copper wall and roof cladding is a direct reference to the power lines. The brownish red colour of the copper will also sit comfortably against the autumnal browns of the beech wood and brown grasses of the field.

The house will be zero carbon in use and will achieve an Excellent Ecohomes rating. Electricity will come from a micro-hydro power plant on a neighbouring stream and heat and hot water from logs harvested from the neighbouring woods and solar panels.  The highly insulated, heavy weight structure is designed to maximise both solar gains and minimise heat loss.

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The house will be zero carbon in use and will achieve an Excellent Ecohomes rating.

The house will be zero carbon in use and will achieve an Excellent Ecohomes rating.

The house will be zero carbon in
use and will achieve an Excellent Ecohomes rating.

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Please contact us to discuss your project on 0131 551 1973 or email
us at info@zonearchitects.co.uk

Like what you see and fancy a chat?
Feel free to call us on 0131 551 1973 or email us at info@zonearchitects.co.uk

Like what you see and fancy a chat? 
Feel free to call us on 0131 551 1973 or email us at info@zonearchitects.co.uk

Like what you see and fancy a chat?
Feel free to call us on 0131 551 1973 or
email us at info@zonearchitects.co.uk

Like what you see and fancy a chat? Feel free to call us on 0131 551 1973 or email us at info@zonearchitects.co.uk

Address

211 Granton Road, 
Edinburgh EH5 1HD

Contact

0131 551 1973
info@zonearchitects.co.uk

Contact

0131 551 1973
info@zonearchitects.co.uk

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