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Open living room design concept for modern homes

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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The extension project we are privileged to tour today is located south west of Edinburgh, in the historic Scottish district of Morningside. A classic stone home has been awarded a stunning glass extension to the rear of the property, which not only improves the internal spatial layout for the occupants but also forms a new relationship between the beautiful garden and interior of the home.

Old homes are often compartmentalised and dark, with little access to natural light as skylights and glass walls were non-existent in the time of their original construction. Now, thanks to the ingenuity and forward thinking of the architects at Wiszniewski Thomson Architects, the occupants have a totally new and improved way to enjoy their home. The project has been masterfully captured by architectural photographer Chris Humphreys in such a way that every detail and stellar feature of this home can shine through. 

Let's take a look…

Old vs. new

As you can see, though the extension and existing build are from two totally different eras, they work together to great effect. The translucent nature of the extension means the new build is not so obvious, gently attaching itself to the building rather than standing out.

A room with a view

The new extension provides additional outdoor living space for the occupants, which includes some cover to protect those sitting outside on those days when the Scottish weather isn't perhaps as pleasant as it could be.

When the spring rain starts you can enjoy a cup of tea or delve into a good book outside whilst the pitter-patter of rain falls around you.


The most interesting aspect of this extension is how cleverly the architects have managed to blur the line between inside and out. It makes little to no difference that the occupants are behind a series of glass partitions, as the view to the luscious garden is in plain sight.

Entertaining and relaxing are now made possible throughout even the most testing of seasons as the occupants can still enjoy stellar scenery despite how high or low the mercury gets.

Inside out

As we venture inside we can better understand the relationship between the inside and outside spaces. The manicured garden acts a wonderful, living piece of art for the occupants to view, which changes day in, day out. 

The neutral choice of furniture and decoration allows the view to take centre stage. Not only does the wall of glass and additional skylights produce a stunning visual effect, they are also highly practical. Bathing the space in natural light, the space is awarded with an ethereal glow that is pleasantly dispersed throughout the room.

All fired up

Another surprise is revealed from this angle, with a contemporary take on a fireplace adding a wonderful decorative and functional detail to this modern living room. 

The feature wall, painted in an inviting shade of Merlot, adds another element of warmth and calm. The only danger now is that the occupants (and guests!) may never want to leave once settled in.

To see another modern extension on a period property, don't miss: An Exemplar Edinburgh Home Extension.

Did you love how sympathetic the modern addition was to the period property? Share your feelings on the projects in the comments!
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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