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Commercial Property, Newton Stewart

Full interior design concept for the listed building. 

This project was undertaken as part of the BA Heritage Interior Design Degree. The assignment brief provided a property, Glenmalloch Lodge, which was in a dilapidated condition. The intention was that the property was to become a holiday home with a target market of professional couples who are looking to use the lodge as a weekend/long-weekend retreat or holiday cottage. There was a budget specified for the overall project, subdivided to cater for the building work and the interior design elements.


The property is Grade B listed and all alterations had to comply with the listed status and be in keeping with the style. Glenmalloch Lodge was built based on popular 19th century architecture common on large estates where the landed gentry and estate owners considered the welfare of their tenants whilst ensuring properties remained in keeping with the rest of their estate. The building is a blend of Classical, Tudor and Gothic styles.


The design for the interior had to reflect the surrounding countryside, its dramatic location and the materials common to the area. It had to have a luxurious and high quality feel to it whilst considering the rural location and lifestyles of those staying in the property.


A design pack was produced which contained:

  • Information about the local area and attractions for guests.

  • The history of the building, local community and previous owners.

  • Technical drawings (floor plans, elevation plans and details about the construction of the building).

  • Development sketches to illustrate the space

  • A series of presentation boards outlining the concept furniture and furnishings

  • 3D visuals of the scheme

  • A client specification for all the interior elements detailing the product, supplier and cost.

  • A list of the changes and restoration elements required for the exterior and integral structure of the building


The listed status of the property was added an exciting dimension to the project. Research into the property’s history revealed it to be an integral part to the local community and brought the building to life. It was important to carry out this research in order to fully understand and appreciate the building that in term helped influence the design choices. The need to respect the listed status, location and cater for a commercial use also helped inform the design. The property needed to be comfortable, luxurious and practical given it is a holiday let and not a client’s home. Tones and textures were influenced by the landscape and the layout made the most of the stunning views and bijou proportions.

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