A former church, latterly used as a car garage and workshop, this development finds another new use for the building as a residential development of a cottage, a townhouse and two flats.

Situated on the High Street of the conservation village of Kippen, the client was keen to carry out the conversion to provide good energy efficiency. Getting the insulation right was therefore critical. The insulation levels are better than those required for new-builds and far greater than Building Control requirements for conversions. This was fairly challenging as we were working with an existing building which had no insulation historically and a number of attractive features which were desirable to retain, however, the result is an excellent thermal envelope with the exposed timber roof structure retained.

Each of the unique properties has an outdoor area, which includes a discreet balcony to the first floor flat set into the roofslope. Solar panel manifold connections have been installed to the hot water system and underfloor heating, with individual room thermostats, has been provided throughout.

These beautiful properties have been enhanced with the re-use of stained glass windows and with redundant timbers being turned into posts and handrails.

Natural ventilation, solar thermal water heating, recycling of redundant materials and good insulation have resulted in a conversion which makes excellent re-use of the space whilst providing warm, light filled and energy efficient dwellings for the residents.