A contemporary extension and refurbishment of an historic house in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park.

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  • Project Name
    Lower Tullochgrue
  • Location
    Rothiemurchus, Cairngorms National Park
  • Year Completed
    2021
  • Key Materials
    Natural Stone, Black Timber, Slate, Blackened Stainless Steel
  • Engineer
    Design Engineering Workshop

We completed a pleasingly challenging refurbishment and substantial extension of a longstanding house, located in Rothiemurchus, between Aviemore and Cairngorm Mountain.

On site, a dilapidated steading has been replaced with a contemporary extension comprised of a natural stone plinth — built to floor level of the existing property — and a first floor of glass and timber, which seamlessly connects to the original house.

The house itself has also been refurbished to create a considered home.

"Lower Tullochgrue is much, much more than a contemporary extension. It is, in fact, a wonderfully considered, well crafted and beautifully executed addition to an existing property; designed and delivered by one of the UK's most creative and client focused practices."

Professor Alan Dunlop, Chairman Scottish Design Awards Jury 2021

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Key views from the site have been utilised to create spaces of varying type and connection to the landscape.

These are best appreciated in the seamless glass link between old and new, the expansive terrace serving living / kitchen / dining and, the focused view up the Spey Valley from the master suite — a landscape that offers something new each time you look out upon it.

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"Brown & Brown have been fantastic to work with. This includes the studio team and the various professionals that they curated for the build: environmental, engineering, building and joinery, even interior furnishings and lighting.

From the beginning, we have been delighted with their fresh inspiring ideas in the design. The details are beautiful — the blackened steelwork throughout the house and the exterior stonework, for instance.

We wouldn’t hesitate to work with Brown & Brown again on an ambitious project."

"An accomplished piece of work."
— RIBA Journal, November 2021


Project Team

Andrew Brown
Kate Brown

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If you’d like to discuss a project please contact Andrew or Kate on +44 (0)1975 325 003 or alternatively email info@brownandbrownarchitects.com