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Zone revives generic 1970s estate house

[FIRST LOOK + PLANS + DATA] Zone Architects has transformed a Bett Homes catalogue house in St Andrews

The original house, which straddles the back gardens or ‘lang riggs’ of two terraced houses on one of St Andrew’s main streets, was built to a standard Betts Homes design.

Zone Architects have reorganised the ‘cellular and gloomy’ internal spaces to connect the house to its location, with doors onto the spacious garden, which was previously only accessed from a side door, from the living room, study, dining room and ground floor bedroom.

The master bedroom on the first floor contains a new dormer window skewed to focus on Gregory’s Pillar (which marks the end of the meridian line that James Gregory invented in the 17th century) on a distant hill.

External wall, floor and roof insulation, clad in timber to reference the fishermen’s storage huts at the harbour, along with an internal insulated layer and photovoltaic and thermal panels on the roof, mean the building exceeds the requirements of the 2011 Scottish Building Standards.

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