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Posted on: March 10th, 2020

accessible conversion Kelso

This project was to convert a church hall, which had been a much loved nursery, into a compact accessible living space. Using the front of the hall and carving out a courtyard to allow light into the depth of the spaces, arranged around the courtyard, giving each of them a connection to outside private space, as well as longer views out of the front. Each space has its own character, further enhanced by the colour and choice of materials and objects considerately placed by the client. Spatial and visual connections between each room were of great importance, to make a small place feel spacious.

As an existing church hall, the building already had a presence on the wide street, with its variety of scales of townhouses. With the ramp crossing the whole width of the building, a layering was set up, which we continued with layers of timber on the rendered front wall. The timber connects to the burnt larch timber cladding in the inner courtyard.

The client for the project was very hands on. From the design process through the whole build process, where she managed all the trades, and was involved in parts of the construction, including scorching all the burnt larch for the cladding herself (and really beautifully!)

The project is sustainable, in the decision to re-use an existing building which was no longer suitable for its purpose, in its choice of building materials, and just as importantly, in its inclusive, accessible nature.  With a ramped entrance to get to a level ground floor with a main bedroom, wet room, and living and kitchen space, as well as a small snug / second bedroom. The roof space has been converted into a third bedroom and wet room. The accessible concept makes it a lifetime home for anyone.


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Saltire Award Winner

this small bungalow was adapted and extended to make a fully inclusive, spacious and accessible family home.

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Costa Rican Garden Shed makes the Guardian

Posted on: October 30th, 2017

Great to have our work recognised in an article in the Guardian weekend, and a great interview with our lovely clients Ina and James


Spring Newsletter

Posted on: April 28th, 2016

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The Rings – Now Open!

Posted on: January 17th, 2016

The Rings, two wheelchair accessible holiday cottages in Fife, are now open and ready to be visited. Chambers McMillan have been involved from concept design, and have applied our specialist accessible design knowledge to achieve a building which is both an inclusive and restful place to stay.

The Rings


new family room in the garden, submitted to planning

Posted on: June 19th, 2015


SG Minister Breaking Ground

Posted on: August 21st, 2014

IMG_0861Last week we celebrated the ground breaking for The Rings wheelchair accessible holiday cottages, with Fergus Ewing Scottish Minister for Tourism, Energy and Enterprise. This project has been through quite a process with planning, despite having an SDRP grant for the Scottish Government’s Farm Diversification Project. The Minister spoke about the importance of accessible tourism and described the building as iconic and world class: we now look forward to these cottages being built, and offering people the chance to have a fully accessible and restful holiday in the beautiful Fife countryside.

A1 IMAGE RINGS 2in this rural setting the landscape becomes the inspiration for the forms of the building.CMcM = client at rings cairnChambers McMillan and our client Moira Henderson

Wood Awards 2013

Posted on: May 14th, 2013

A nice reminder that the wood awards are still open to submissions: not sure if they included our (already submitted) Ramp House as a challenge (beat this) or as a provocation (this is all we have so far). Either way its a bit of publicity, so we are not complaining. Ian’s entry was written from Greta’s point of view: the touch, sound and smell of the wood being just as important as how it looks: towards a sensory architecture.

Wood Awards Mailshot