Private House – Largo

Private House - Largo

Client : Alan Thomson & Beatrice Bryant
Location : Largo
Value : £60k
Completion Date : July 2009

This small project involved the internal conversion of an idiosyncratic B listed cottage in Lower Largo in Fife, a seaside village with southerly views across the river forth to East Lothian.

The project involved the complete stripping out of all the existing finishes to upgrade and insulate the interior to contemporary standards. The unusual double height space (possibly engineered to repair looms for fishing nets) gives the interior a ‘tardis’ quality and although a proportion of the original void has been taken back to create a first floor gallery and ground floor shower room, the kitchen and dining space is open to the roof space and with views up to the gallery and terraced garden to the rear.

On a shoe string the project is an example of how to balance essential and uncomplicated conversion using inexpensive materials and fittings, with the introduction of a number of more costly and considered elements (glass balustrading, woodburning stove, rooflights) to support the property’s unusual character.