Architects win top award


AT THE recent Dundee Institute of Architects Awards Night 2010, Brunton Design Studio of Carnoustie was placed first in the best small project category for their house extension in Tayport for the former BBC Scotland presenter Neil Mudie and his wife, Helen.

The huge expanse of glass wall coupled with the clever use of a glass protected patio area has doubled the size of the couple’s kitchen and dining area.

Mr Mudie stated: “It’s just completely changed the way we use the house. Before, the back garden wasn’t seen from the kitchen at all and now that we can see the trees and the garden we are kicking ourselves that we didn’t have this done years ago.”

President of the Dundee Institute of Architects, Willie Watt, said of the design: “ The architect’s suggestion of not just extending the house, but looking at how the people in it can use their property better is one of the added values a good designer brings to a project. This extension is exciting as well as functional and deserves recognition.”

The main contractor for the extension was MJW Contracting of Carnoustie. A spokesman for the company said: “That was the biggest bit of glass we have ever seen used in a house extension. None of the eight of us want to have to lift one up that height again. However, it does look good now that it’s in!”