A modern house with a very distinctive look, this Studio KAP-designed 5 Printers Row property in Balfron, near Glasgow, Stirlingshire, which was featured in Channel 4 television’s Grand Designs programme back in 2006.
The house dates from 2005, when it was built on a south facing, sloping plot, designed to take full advantage of the views towards the Campsoe Fells. That location is also close to the The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, should you have a liking for the outdoors.
The accommodation is on three levels, using a lower level concrete plinth and a two storey Scandinavian timber framed system. The architects were asked to build a contemporary family home that was as ‘energy saving and sustainable as possible’. Hence the Scandinavian timber framed system with its ‘exceptional thermal properties’, a heat recovery system and high quality triple glazed windows.
The ‘public functions’ of dining, kitchen and living spaces are on the first floor, which is open plan with changes in ceiling heights and walls with the double height living space continuously lit from a roof light slot and a picture window. Access to the first floor entrance is externally by one flight of steps.
There’s an oak staircase to the lower ground floor, which separates the open space between the dining room and living room. The kitchen and living room lead to the balcony, which takes advantage of the views over the Fells.
The upper floor accommodation is a mezzanine study, master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, two further bedrooms and a family bathroom with jacuzzi bath. The accommodation on the lower level consists of a guest bedroom suite and games room/5th bedroom with storage room off. The lower floor was designed with a structural arrangement that could accommodate a garage in future, if desired.
Externally the two storey frame is clad in Canadian red cedar shakes, with the rear of the property offering a mainly lawned garden with the boundary marked by silver birch woodland.
If you want to watch the house being built, check out the 4OD site. If you want to buy it, the price is £425,000.