Let there be light: a radically revamped 1980s home

One Edinburgh couple have transformed a dark, brick-built 1980s house into a brighter, more open home. Here’s how

When John and Kate Cameron were looking to downsize from their Victorian family home in a suburb of Edinburgh after their children left home, they decided to go for a real change: a 1980s brutalist-style brick house in a suburb close to the city centre.

The couple knew and loved the house – built in 1982 by Scottish architect Douglas Abrahams for his own family, and set within a walled garden in one of the city’s most picturesque suburbs – as the previous owners were family members who had lived in it since the mid-80s. But for all its character and charm, it didn’t suit the way they lived.

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