Dream home called Hope

Hope sits inconspicuously on peaceful, sloping land near Pathhead.

This family home has been at the centre of much attention recently, with the story of its construction featuring on Channel 4's Grand Designs.

The ambitious building — contemporary yet sympathetic to the environment — was the idea of local couple Pru and Richard Irvine, who now live there with their son, Henry.


Pru observes a van pass over a nearby hill from the window of her kitchen.

"There was no traffic at all up at that road before.

"Since the programme went out, the amount of traffic has been extraordinary."

Pru (50) sits at a beautiful table put together by her husband Richard (47).


It is just one feature in a house full of ideas in harmony with the environment in which it sits.

The couple, who have lived most of their lives in Midlothian, purchased the old industrial site in 2005.

The land came with two majestic disused lime kilns, which they are now the custodians of, and several derelict buildings.


Pru said: "Part of the brief was that the house should be environmentally friendly, would sit well in its site, regenerate the environment, create lots of opportunity for biodiversity and be contemporary.

"Take all that on board and we started our 'planning battle' — which was a huge battle."

For full story see The Advertiser, Thursday, March 13 2008.

Their first restoration was an old manse just outside Rosewell.

Pru explains: “We have always been passionate about building and passionate about design. I think we felt we just wanted an opportunity to express ourselves. “

She adds: “It had never crossed our minds that we would get in touch with Grand Designs, but someone involved in the project said to us we had a responsibility to demonstrate it is possible to do something bold and contemporary. It can be done.”