The client at Mearnscroft Gardens wished to create a new large kitchen/dining/living space to replace a failing conservatory which separated the existing dwelling from the garden.

​A single storey extension has been designed to the rear of the property to allow the existing living area to be opened up to a new bright kitchen and dining area.  The existing kitchen was then be remodelled to create a much-needed utility area.

​The extension is clad in a white render with small areas of feature timber cladding.  Aluminium flashings provide a sharp edge to the roofline and the flat roof ensures that the existing dwelling remains the dominant form in the streetscape.  A simple slot window separates the old and the new buildings whilst a ribbon window sits above worktop level in the kitchen with natural light pouring in from above via new roof-wndows.  A large picture window in the dining area acts as a window seat to the new dining table whilst bifolding doors allows the boundary to be blurred between internal and external dining.


This listed building in the conservation village of Coulter was in need of extension and reconfiguration to suit today's modern lifestyle and to fully enjoy the beautiful garden space and views beyond.

​Paterson Garden Architecture developed various design options, including a loft conversion and extension whilst comprehensively refurbishing the existing cottage.

​The chosen scheme creates a new single storey extension which shall open out to the garden space and provide valuable new living space. The existing cottage shall be remodelled to provide a large master bedroom, study, bathroom, WC and large kitchen/dining space.

​The 'flat' roof allows the existing listed cottage to remain as the dominant form in the composition. ​The extension shall be clad in timber with an extensive sedum roof to provide a new habitat for local flora and fauna and provide a soft edge to the new roofline.

Mansfield Road_Prestwick

An existing cupboard and recess were combined to accommodate a modern staircase leading up to two new bedrooms and a shower room.

These generous sized bedrooms benefit from floor to ceiling rooflights bringing abundant natural light into the space. A further rooflight above the new staircase floods the dining room below with light.

The staircase is constructed from solid oak with open risers and a steel tension wire balustrade to give a modern, light feel whilst respecting the original character of the house.


The family in this two-storey detached dwelling in Houston approached Paterson Gordon Architecture with a brief to extend the existing house to create an open-plan kitchen/dining/living space.

​The new two storey extension, together with a reconfigured ground floor plan allows this new space to be created.  New doors into the garden shall provide a much-needed link to the extensive rear garden.   At first floor level, a new master suite has been created with its own balcony overlooking the garden.

​Materials were chosen to compliment the existing house. The new side elevation shall be clad in brick to match that of the existing house whilst the garden elevation enjoys large expanses of glazing. The new roof is covered in standing seam zinc which allows a shallow roof pitch, thus allowing a low profile roofline which does not dominate the existing house.  A new pergola overhangs the bedroom balcony and shall be planted to provide a soft edge to the new roofline.


This existing end of terrace dwelling in Edinburgh enjoys generously proportioned rooms and large windows.  However, the client wished to create a new family space to the rear of the dwelling, together with a flexible space for home-working.  The extension is fairly small due to the limited size of the rear garden but creates a valuable new dining and study area which links directly with the existing kitchen and living area. Glazed doors open onto the south-facing garden and blur the boundary between inside and outside.  The extension is clad in Stonepanel which respects the existing stonework without trying to imitate it. 


The Coach House was a much-loved institution in the local area, run by a local couple as a cafe and shop where all profits were distributed to charity. As the couple grew older, they relocated the business to and decided to convert the Coach House to become their home. We worked closely with the couple on this historic building to create a sensitive yet contemporary home which respects the existing building but is fit for modern living.  The existing form of the building was retained with new windows, doors and much-needed insulation whilst a new contemporary extension was added.                                                                                                                                                          "We met Elaine Paterson at an architectural fair at the SEC and she has steered us through the whole process... We remain very happy with the basic layout and are also extremely happy with the mixture of old and new finishes used in the design and finish. It's a very warm house (in every sense) to live in.....It's elegant, creative, respects the old building and enhances it with modern materials on the extension and porch. The new building with its extension and large windows downstairs and additional rooflights is light and spacious. We love it.......We are extremely grateful for the careful and thoughtful way in which Elaine has guided us through what was certainly a more complex process than we had anticipated and we are delighted with the result, which is fresh and creative and a wonderful retirement home."                                                                         John & Nena Riches                                                                                                       

Woodstock Avenue_Glasgow

The owners of this existing villa in Glasgow's south side wished to create a new downstairs shower room and larger informal living space within the ground floor plan.

Options were reviewed to incorporate the above without the need to extend however the owners decided that they wanted to build a new single storey extension to the rear of the dwelling.

The extension provides a new dining space, large living space and new shower room whilst retaining the existing kitchen. The existing rear wall has been partially retained and converted into a new storage wall which includes utility space and a woodburning stove.

The new extension is clad in Stonepanel which provides a modern counterpoint to the existing red sandstone. Various roof options were reviewed with the aim of retaining views from the upper windows and minimising the impact on the neighbouring dwellings.

Roselea Cottages_Aldochlay, Luss

This existing listed cottage in Aldochlay on the banks of Loch Lomond is home to Paterson Gordon Architecture and showcases our own design and self-build skills!

The existing dwelling was a small one-bed home with limited natural daylight. We extended the property to create a four-bedroom family home with abundant space, natural light and an environmentally-friendly biomass heating system. We have been careful to respect the existing dwelling form and materials and our design aims to provide a modern complimentary addition.

We have built the extension ourselves, with a little help from friends and family and this has given us valuable insight to the construction process through both the eyes of the client and the contractor.

Montgomery Street_Eaglesham

The owners of this listed building in the conservation village of Eaglesham wished to demolish the existing large conservatory and extend the existing house to accommodate a single storey extension to the rear.

The existing ground floor of the house was remodelled to create a new bathroom, utility room and a large open-plan dining/kitchen/living area.

A green sedum roof shelters the extension providing a pleasant outlook from the first floor level whilst bifolding doors and rooflights provide ample light to the accommodation below.

Due to the sensitive nature of the dwelling and the surrounding village, pre-planning discussions took place with the local authority.

"Elaine was very professional from the start to the completion of our project. We thought she understood the brief very well and that led onto what we thought was a creative process of alternative designs and innovative solutions for awkward spaces. Elaine was prompt in responding to any issues that arose after the building work started. We were delighted with the work Elaine did and we ended up with a fabulous extension. We have and will continue to thoroughly recommend her."

Nicole and Calum McKnight


This existing bunglalow in Giffnock is one of only a few in the area which has not been converted to create a habitable loft space.  The client wished to form a new master suite in the loft, complete with walk-in wardrobe and ensuite bathroom.

​The design involves a modern zinc and timber clad dormer window with glazed doors opening up to a new sitting area within the bedroom.  The bedroom enjoys a generous space, complete with open-plan bath.

​The ground floor has also been reconfigured to create an alternative kitchen/dining layout.  The existing kitchen window has been altered to create glazed doors into the garden and the existing lean-to has been overclad in timber as part of a new raised garden area.

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Firkin Steading_Tarbet

This redundant steading enjoys an elevated position with beautiful views towards Ben Lomond and Loch Lomond.  The client wished to convert the existing steading into a dwellinghouse and to extend the accommodation through the creation of a rear and side extension. The rear extension is integrated into the existing grassland whilst the new side extension acts as a modern 'beacon' which is complimentary yet completely different to the solid steading. There were no services on site so a new ground source heat pump was installed, together with a new borehole to provide a potable water supply.

The project was completed in January 2018 and has since gone on to win The Daily Telegraph Homebuilding and Renovating award for 'Best Renovation' and was shortlisted for the Herald Property Awards. The link below is a video where practice director Elaine discusses the project in more detail:



"Elaine provided fantastic ideas for us to consider but was also receptive to ideas we had.   The final design was something that we were very happy with.   A real testament to the quality of the creation of the design and the level of detail that Elaine provided was that nothing changed during the build.   Perhaps even more impressive is that we have lived in the house for 3 years now and there is still nothing that we think is missing or in the wrong place.  Overall Elaine was a great architect to work with and has provided us with a home that we love."

Alan & Lorna Nimmo


The existing dwelling suffered from a poor initial impression due to a deteriorating porch.  The internal layout of the dwelling also didn't work for the young family who live here.  Paterson Gordon Architecture proposed a new modern porch which provides an insulated buffer to the main dwelling whilst improving the house's appearance in the local streetscape.  The porch was clad in red Stonepanel to echo the red sandstone of the existing bay window.  A new monopitch black zinc roof replaces the existing flat roof over the garage and new kitchen.

​The internal ground floor was remodelled to enjoy the beautiful dining room and open this up to a new kitchen.  The old kitchen was then replaced with a new snug with a woodburning stove providing warmth to the dining room adjacent.


This client at Castle Gardens wished to convert their existing garage to provide an annexe to the main dwelling and allow a family member to live independently but in close proximity to their home.  They also wanted to overhaul the existing dwelling to create a modern home suitable for their lifestyle.

​Various options were investigated to improve the flow of the existing dwelling and link this to the new annexe whilst accommodating space for the client's music studio, home office and for entertaining.

​The existing garage was overclad in timber so that the new annexe appears as an individual structure whilst small areas of the existing dwelling are also clad in timber to provide a coherent palette of materials. Large areas of glazing maximise the dwelling's relationship to the garden whilst ceilings within the living areas have been removed to create double height public spaces.