Date: 04.09.2018
Author: James Smith

Case Study – Hoardweel, Duns

In 2016 Mr Smith visited a self build show in Edinburgh and a long house design for a 11/2 story building caught his eye. With it being a new build house, this opened up an opportunity to use energy efficient SIP panels and to provide accommodation within a comfortable retirement home.

L-SHaped combination roof windows installed to add more natural light

The brief stated that there was a requirement to build a contemporary style home which appeared appropriate to its surroundings. By building an energy-efficient home, it was important to acquire windows to match. Mr Smith was looking for high airtightness for his project and FTU-V centre pivot windows were the perfect choice because of their thermal performance U-values.

The house layout has been designed to optimise the use of natural light throughout the day and into the evening. To make the most of the breathtaking scenery FAKRO offer L-Shape combination windows to increase natural light and provide aesthetically pleasing views. By using BDR/U and BDL/U windows they bring quality southern sunlight into both ground and first floor areas over the internal feature stair and upper floor gallery levels.

"Ordinary roof lights would not have done this area justice..."

Andy Smith
Self Builder

"The 1 1/2 story design necessitated the use of roof lights and the Fakro combination windows in the upstairs sitting area were a particular success."

Andy Smith
Self Builder

Adding Fakro roof windows has enhanced aesthetic features on elevation and not compromised the minimalistic form of the house. The original project had to be designed and completed within 8 months. The house was designed by Iga Panczyna from Allan Corfield Architects and built by Grattan & Hynds, who completed the house build in 4 months!

This house was looking for something specific to maximise its potential and with the help from Stewart MacKenzie this could not have been acheived. Iga Panczyna said: ‘We received excellent technical support through Stewart MacKenzie who paid great attention to detail and supplied CAD drawings, even though this was not a big order.’

Allan Corfield Architects can be contacted on 01383 737101 and at

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