HD Video Available. This truly stunning, four bedroom, detached home of striking architectural design is a fully certified Passive House and affords magnificent views on to the adjacent fields and countryside. “Taigh Na Solas”, meaning ‘house of light’, is one of the finest examples of Passive House to grace the Scottish housing market. For those unfamiliar with this building technique, it is essentially at the cutting edge of design combining exceptionally high specification with unparalleled comfort and extremely low energy consumption. The design and craftsmanship together with extremely high levels of insulation and a mechanical ventilation with heat recovery system result in our clients having an average net energy expenditure over the last six years of just £77 per annum.
The clever design results in a bright and airy interior: the home is flooded in light by many expansive drop height windows which, together with the balcony, afford magnificent uninterrupted views across the neighbouring fields and countryside. Although located in a semi-rural village, the situation is ideal for those wishing to utilise the extensive array of amenities within Kirkintilloch and nearby Lenzie, including shops, supermarkets, and restaurants. The excellent local schooling includes a choice of Auchinloch and Holy Family Primary Schools and secondary schooling includes Lenzie Academy, Chryston High School and St. Ninian’s High School. The location is adjacent to Lenzie Golf Club, and there are other nearby sporting facilities including Auchinloch Bowling Club, Lenzie Tennis Club and Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre.
Transport links include an express bus service to Glasgow city centre (15 minutes) and Lenzie train station provides frequent rail services to Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh. The M80 (Junction 3) is under a mile away and provides motorway access to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth and links with the M73/74.
The uncompromising specification is immediately evident on entering the hallway with an oak staircase with glass balustrades and the theme of fresh white painted, smoothly skimmed walls, oak doors and skirtings and engineered European oak flooring continues throughout. At the end of the hall, double doors lead to the heart of the home, an extensive open plan area of some 39’3” x 18’5” at widest points, providing lounge and dining areas and a beautifully fitted kitchen. You are immediately struck by the abundance of light and the views through the almost floor to ceiling windows on three sides along with patio doors opening to the garden.
The lounge is illuminated and complemented further by a vaulted ceiling, connecting to the reading gallery on the first floor, and featuring two large Velux windows with remote control opening and blinds. The dining area sits within a triangular window arrangement adjacent to the fully fitted kitchen, which is formed around a central island with an induction hob. All the worktops are granite and integrated appliances include dishwasher, AEG oven, combination microwave and grill, and tall larder fridge. The utility room offers ample provision for the washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer and accommodates the PAUL mechanical ventilation with heat recovery unit. The water tank is heated by a combination of solar thermal panels and air source heat pump with an electric immerser as backup. The solar thermal panels match the adjoining Velux windows, having similar frames and dimensions, and the cleverly designed photo-voltaic tiles are integrated with the surrounding clay roof tiles.
On the ground floor adjacent to the main entrance there is a multi-purpose double bedroom/ study /office with a fitted Neville Johnston combination unit of desk, drawers, filing cabinet, printer cabinet and stationery cupboard. The room has two large shelved cupboards and a large window/door in the far corner that opens to the garden. Across the hall is a family bathroom with modern white suite, a spa bath and heated towel rail.
Upstairs, there are three further double bedrooms, all with fitted wardrobes, two of which feature en-suite facilities. The master bedroom includes a vaulted ceiling and Velux windows with remote-controlled blinds. French doors open to the south-facing balcony, offering the best of the views over the surrounding countryside.
There is a generous amount of storage space throughout the house, including storage cupboards in the hall for coats, shoes and domestic equipment and a walk-in store at the top of the stairs.
With the south-facing orientation designed to maximise the views, you essentially arrive at the rear of the property where an expansive gravelled driveway provides off-street parking for several vehicles and leads to the garage with working space, power, lighting, and remote-controlled door. The garage is joined to the house by a covered lit walkway. The garden, which is accessed by gates on both sides of the house, is bounded to the west by a beautiful stone wall and to the south by a mixed hedge. It is predominantly laid to lawn, with raised beds growing fruit and vegetables, a shrub border and mature trees. There is a garden shed, external lighting and a water tap. EPC – Band A
A few things about this property:
- Certified Passive House
- Built in 2012/13
- Exceptionally low energy costs
- Ultra-modern design for the 21st century
- Magnificent panoramic views
- Excellent transport links
The finer detail:
- Triple glazing and superior insulation
- Mechanical ventilation with heat recovery unit
- Integrated photo-voltaic tiles
- Solar thermal panels
- Oak flooring throughout
- High quality fittings
What we love about our house
Ten years ago we were living in a draughty Victorian house that was very expensive to heat and we decided to move to a modern home. We became aware of the Passive House concept and looked for expertise in Scotland to help us build to that specification. With an ideal location in Auchinloch and a creative young architect, we began the exciting project of building something unique. We are very proud of our achievement. Now in retirement we are moving to Argyll.
Since the mid 1800's, Bearsden grew steadily due to its new rail links to Glasgow and today it is firmly established as one of the most desirable and indeed affluent areas to live in Scotland. With such a diverse range of amenities on offer, Bearsden and Milngavie residents enjoy a wide selection of shops and supermarkets, with Marks and Spencer, Waitrose, Asda and Tesco all found locally. There are numerous coffee shops and bars in the area and a number of restaurants cater for every taste.
The area boasts bowling and tennis clubs, sports centres and no fewer than seven golf courses, all within ten minutes' drive. There is even an outdoor dry ski slope! For those who love the outdoors, Bearsden and Milngavie have a number of picturesque parks and outdoor spaces, with the start of the West Highland Way found in the centre of Milngavie. Mugdock Country Park is nearby and some of Scotland's finest scenery is only a short drive away.
There are a number of excellent nursery and primary schools in the area, with the highly regarded independent schools of The High School of Glasgow and Glasgow Academy having their junior schools nearby. Bearsden Academy and Boclair Academy are consistently high performers and offer secondary education in the state sector. Four train stations serve the area with direct services to both Glasgow and Edinburgh, numerous bus routes into the city centre and an international airport only fifteen to twenty minutes' drive away, Bearsden is a hard act to follow!