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Hidden extension

Built to reflect the clients’ affinity with Scandinavia while also respecting the local architecture, this glazed timber addition to a semi-detached, single storey home in the suburbs of Edinburgh is invisible from the road side.

David Blaikie Architects designed the annexe to catch sunlight throughout the day. The extension features a 5.1m tall frameless glazed apex corner that cantilevers out over the garden, allowing for a spacious and lightfilled kitchen-dining-living area. The windows also reveal views of leafy Corstorphine Hill, located west of the city.

The original plans for the scheme stipulated a standing seam zinc roof. But cost restrictions meant the materials had to be reviewed before construction began. Reclaimed natural slate proved a more affordable alternative for this project, while the walls were finished in thermally modified timber cladding to withstand the weather.

For more information call David Blaikie Architects 0131 332 1133 or visit


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Get your self-build or renovation project started with advice & inspiration from Build It magazine. Here's what to expect in the January issue: • How the Rogers built an Arts & Crafts-style modern home • The latest on smart home technology • Are woodburning stoves eco friendly? • Heating options for renovations • Avoiding grand designs disasters • Plot Watch: Did they get planning consent? ...and much more!