The Equine House
South Lanarkshire

A new home for an active family characterised by a striking extruded aluminium window frame and black-stained larch cladding

The Vision

The new 155 square metre home occupies part of a retired and subdivided dairy farm in South Lanarkshire.

In 2018, our clients briefed us to rethink the previously-approved plans to craft a practical, social family base for the day to day runnings of the flourishing stables. 

We designed a highly usable compact floor plan set over two storeys featuring the required four bedrooms, snug, open plan kitchen and living, and covered outdoor area. The new layout was designed to maximise views over the 25 acre farm, with large windows along the East elevations offering uninterrupted vistas across the South Lanarkshire valley beyond. 

The Conclusion

The open plan kitchen, living room and dining space feels part of the landscape through a large triple glazed window seat, set slightly out of the floor plan and defined by a red aluminium frame. This architectural detail features sloping, chamfered edges to allow more natural light in and create longer skywards views. This frame wraps around the southeastern corner, creating a satisfying, cubic facade that neatly aligns with the covered outdoor terrace on the second floor.


Bedrooms, a family bathroom and undercover patio occupy the second storey. Oriented East to make the most of the morning sun, the patio was conceived as a quiet place to survey the landscape, protected by a frameless glass balustrade. Angling views towards the East also offers the clients and their surrounding neighbours a high level of privacy; the subdivided farm is occupied by six residential dwellings in close proximity, so we designed large apertures overlooking the clients own land, with smaller windows in circulation spaces to draw more natural light in, but not provide views out.


The Equine House benefits from an Air Source Heat Pump, highly insulated shell, triple glazing and underfloor heating. Sustainably farmed black larch cladding and white render protects the exterior, topped by a recycled aluminium roof.

The results

The team

Structural engineer:
David Narro Associates
LAS Construction Projects
Architect & Project Manager:
Loader Monteith