Kinloch Rannoch Extension

Kinloch Rannoch, Perthshire


To provide ancillary 1-bedroom living accommodation for elderly family members adjacent to their children, to enable interfamilial care over the years to come. A degree of future-proofing was required in order to facilitate the retired couple through the years, therefore all rooms were kept to the ground floor with the ability to become accessible in the future if required. The client also wanted to capitalise on the fantastic views west over Loch Rannoch.

At the foot of Craig Varr and a stone’s throw from Loch Rannoch, this timber-clad extension bookends an existing bungalow and explores generational living. An en-suite bedroom in the north wing overlooks sheep grazing on the hillside, while a vaulted kitchen/living area frames views of Loch Rannoch and the valley beyond.
In respecting the local vernacular and complementing local farm buildings with an emphasis on verticality, the north extension housing the bedroom required privacy, therefore, only one window opening and a pitched roof created quite a blank elevation. Striking a horizontal line at eaves level helped to break up the mass, with the slim-profile Thermopine cladding coated in black to the top triangle, contrasted with the brushed-finish Scotlarch to the lower part.

Originally, a separate dwelling house was proposed, however, this didn’t meet current planning policy, therefore the extension developed in design, with a link through to the existing cottage. In addition a large part of the existing roughcast render walls was covered by the extension, appropriate measures were implemented to allow the existing walls to breathe and avoid interstitial condensation, which can be an issue, when making existing buildings warm and cosy.