Stephen House, Glamis, Angus

Featured in ‘The Home Show’ magazine:

“Inspired by Scandanavian architecture, Fred and Rosemary Stephen have transformed an old schoolroom into a haven of peace and tranquility. As you enter Fred and Rosemary Stephen’s converted schoolhouse the first thing that strikes you is the aroma. A wonderful scent permeates the whole house and if you close your eyes you could almost imagine you have entered a Scandinavian pine forest. The source of this is the wooden gallery suspended almost the full length of what was the old schoolroom. This is a couple who are into timber in a big way; all around their beautiful home are wooden pillars, cabinets, lintels and bookshelves. In fact apart from the stonework of the building, the only non-wooden items in evidence are the multi-fuel stoves in the dining and sitting rooms. They chose Douglas Fir for the gallery and to line the roof as it has a particularly rich colour that mellows beautifully with age.

Fred Stephen has turned an old schoolroom from a cold, unwelcoming space into what can only be described as one of the most warm and inviting rooms imaginable. But then as Fred remarks, “architecture is the scientific art of making structures express ideas.” And he has.”