Designed by WT Architecture, the Mill sits amongst a collection of disused farm buildings that nestle into a steep hill over looking a valley in the Scottish Borders. The WT Architecture was tasked with converting the old stone structure– which is partially submerged into the grassy bank – into a stunning modern retreat. The brief was to convert the mill building to create a modern, rural holiday home that retained much of its historic character. Spaces were to be simple, utilitarian and durable, with views framed in all directions. Bedrooms could be small but living space was to be maximised. Although open plan living was desirable, kitchen, dining and living spaces were to have their own identities. The original roof and floors were beyond repair, so a new insulated timber building was slotted within the existing structure. Internally the walls are clad in construction grade spruce plywood, with a more pristine plastered core. Floors are pine boards and polished concrete.
The length and orientation of the original stone walls of the mill building allowed this new structure to push up above the top of the walls to form a largely glazed clerestory. Light can spill down from this into lower spaces, and wider panoramic views can be appreciated. The long cross section of the site allows for enjoyment of the vertical journey through the building, and half level changes between living spaces articulate otherwise open plan living, kitchen and dining spaces.
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