This stone built, B Listed, former stable building had been vacant for a number of years having formally been used for storage and workshop purposes. There had been vandalism of the interior which lead the owner to seek planning permission to change the use to residential.
The building sat within a small site which did not meet the current standards for garden ground with the local planning department. However, as the site lay within a conservation area we argued the positive benefits of redeveloping a vacant building in this location through the submission of a planning justification statement and were granted a relaxation of the regulations to allow the plans to be approved.
The design brief was to create a three bedroom home. Internally the building was already completely stripped out so we were able to design the living space over two floors to suit our clients needs. Due to the B listed status of the building and its position within the Conservation Area it was important to retain the visual cues to its previous life as a stable building.
Therefore, the existing openings were retained with simple dark grey windows and doors. The quirky low windows and arched doorways were interesting features to work with and have resulted in a characterful home in the centre of Aberfeldy. The existing slate roof was repaired and retained as were the existing stone boundary walls.
Beautiful new entrance gates were designed for the off street parking space which replaced the corrugated iron gates that had been in situ for many years. All in all a fantastic redevelopment which has brought a beautiful building back into every day use and secured its future.