Blairgowrie House

Seventie’s Home in Blairgowrie


The task of upgrading and enlarging a simple ‘70s home in the heart of Blairgowrie began with the formulation of the brief together with the client. This included a larger, more family orientated, open plan living area with views to the garden, a larger main bedroom with en suite bathroom and outdoor shower, a study area, a new double garage, as well as modernising the existing “precon” street boundary wall.

The existing elements of natural stone, face brick and plaster were retained, and enhanced by the addition of steel and glass. In seeking to connect the home with the lovely large landscaped garden, large picture windows and glass doors frame views, and glimpses of trees and the sky are seen through the high triangular window in the kitchen.

Open atriums further provide the owners with a connection to the earth and sky, as well as a level of privacy. The addition of a cantilever steel framed roof, gently floats above the covered patio, where large doors slide to the side for an easy indoor-outdoor flow, and lending itself to entertaining in the highveld climate.

The union between the new and the old is seamless, and yet, each area and era still maintains their individuality whilst visually enhancing each other. The lightness and poetic nature of the additions make the spaces welcoming and comfortable, connecting the architecture to the earth and grounding it as a comfortable family home in the 21st century.