Fife Architects secure planning approval for industrial house design

Iron-Mill-BayPlans have been approved for a unique family home on a coastal site just outside Charlestown near Dunfermline.

Fife Architects said its brief was to design a family home with an industrial meets rural design concept to match the home’s Firth of Forth location. Formerly part of the Elgin Estate the site is bordered with woodland where the remains of the Iron Mill Foundry on the Lyne Burn still stand. The derelict remains of the former Foundry cottage lie in the middle of the site and to the South East is a disused railway line.

The firm added: “The new house design is for a two storey, five bedroom, home with a floor area of 220m sq. The design and materials are strongly influenced by the site’s past from the saw tooth factory style roof profile to the weathered steel cladding. The house has a t- shaped floor plan and is orientated to maximise views across the Forth and natural daylight. At the heart of the house is a large brick double height public space with factory style windows, a gallery style landing and bridge to the master bedroom suite. A cylindrical sandstone stair tower references the tower of the old Foundry. Weathered steel cladding at the ground floor, celebrates the history of iron at the site. Timber clad bedroom accommodation at the first floor with a saw tooth profile reflect the industrial style.

“It was important to the clients to create a home that will perform as efficiently as possible in terms of energy and impact on the environment so a combination of renewable technologies will be used including an air source heat pump, rainwater harvesting system, solar panels, domestic electric batteries, high levels of insulation and sourcing of local materials and using reclaimed materials where ever possible.”

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