Luxury Edinburgh garden room guest apartment

Creating a luxury garden room apartment from an old stone store may not have been the most obvious route to take for the owners of this property in Edinburgh, but that is exactly what Sally and Dan Weatherly achieved after working with architect Chris Mason and builders Gloss Developments.

The finished build is any eye-catching zinc clad extension that features a large open plan space that is seamlessly connected to the garden by the three-panel SUNFLEX SF55 aluminium bifold doors and full height fixed frame windows, whilst the original store includes a kitchen and bathroom that is flooded with natural light by frameless rooflights.

Space has been designed to allow complete flexibility enabling the family to make use of it, whilst also providing the opportunity for it to be let as a luxury self-contained guest apartment – ideal given its location close to the centre of Edinburgh.

The SUNFLEX SF55 bifold doors have been installed with a flush track to breakdown the divide between the private walled garden and the indoor space, creating a room that feels much larger than it actually is. The full height doors with slim 115mm square edge sightlines also fill the living area with light when closed.

The doors and fixed frame glazing were manufactured in a Traffic Grey matt (RAL 7043) finish in keeping with the zinc cladding used on the fascia and roof, with the extension perfectly complementing the sandstone of the original building. With the property just over a mile from the Firth of Forth the owners also opted for a marine finish to protect the aluminium surface of the doors against the saltwater air.

Since welcoming their first guest in 2014 the Garden Rooms have proved incredibly popular, receiving hugely positive reviews including from the Guardian, whilst the design and build of the extension featured in Grand Designs magazine.

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