Reimagined as modern dwellings, with the covetable exposed-timber beams and double-height spaces that typify them in tact, farmhouses are top of our list of old homes ready to be given some TLC—and maybe a more modern addition.
That’s just what happened when London-based firm Moxon got its hands on this 18th-century house, Coldrach, in Scotland’s northeastern highlands. Today, the formerly run-down granite house has a spiffy, gabled new extension clad in larchwood and metal, courtesy of the Moxon team and clocking in at 120 square meters (or just under 1,300 square feet).
According to Dezeen, the architects were inspired by the area’s traditional symmetrical, largely stone, “but and ben” cottages. The annex, which respects the older structure on site in scale and material, is connected to the original structure by a glassed-in walkway.
Inside, broad windows do what they usually do in contemporary homes, framing views of nature, and whitewashed spaces give the whole thing a lightness and airiness you’d be hard-pressed to find in most masonry bun and bet cottages in the region.
Corrugated-metal elements on the addition (including for its roof and sliding doors) lend the whole thing even more agrarian-architecture charm. Take a look.