Bespoke villa featured on Channel 4's TV programme Grand Designs: Theo and Elaine Leijser – Stirling, Season 6
"The most ingenious houses Grand Designs has ever featured"
Kevin McCloud shares his favourite simple build
A cedar-clad home in central Scotland overlooking the picturesque Campsie Fells, Theo and Elaine used clever design to funnel all the views from their house onto the fells, and away from a nearby main road.
Kevin says: “This project was all about delivering the experience of big, expensive architecture at a small scale. It was a beautiful, quick-to-put-up little box built onto a hill, and it had this amazing gallery above the ground floor.
“Whenever you were at the front of the house, you saw this fantastic arrangement of landscape and nature, because of the way the building was organised. It had this lovely little corridor from the kitchen that was low, narrow and compressed, and then suddenly the living room released you.
"Very clever... this panel has a life of several hundred years"
- Kevin McCloud
"This is a contemporary masterpiece with a decidedly international flavour. It's a one-of-a-kind modern property with a homely feel, offering light, comfort and luxury."
The property brings an international flavour to this part of Scotland with its external contemporary box design built in the Dutch style and Canadian cedar wood forming the facade of the house. The building is arranged on three levels with lower level concrete plinth and two storey Scandinavian timber framed system affording exceptional thermal benefits. With a heat recovery system and high quality triple glazed windows, the house is as energy efficient and sustainable as possible.
Inside boasts unique architectural features throughout with stunning open-planned, double-height interior spaces, under-floor heating, beautiful solid oak flooring, and fixtures and fittings of the very best quality. The roof light slot and large windows on every side of the building maximise the amount of natural light and allow magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.
Covering a floor area of around 192 sqm, the property accommodates family and living social spaces on the ground level. The upper floor comprises the master bedroom with four piece en suite bathroom, two further bedrooms, a family bathroom with a Jacuzzi bath, and study overlooking the living area, with the lower floor accommodating guest bedroom, hobby room and storage.
Stirling House is an exceptional and architecturally unique rural home in Balfron, Stirlingshire, set against the stunning backdrop of the Campsie Fells.