By Ann Wallace
IT IS exactly the kind of house you would expect an award-winning designer to create.
Shiro House, in Cammo Grove in Edinburgh, has been a labour of love for Colin Wong, a former National Kitchen Designer of the Year.
"I wanted to create a house unlike anything else you would usually find in Edinburgh," he says. "Something different, with a design edge, that had depth and personality. Hopefully, that’s what I have achieved."
Shiro House is a spectacular, contemporary home, finished to the highest of specifications.
From the moment you walk into the double height hallway, the attention to detail is obvious, from the clean lines to the impressive elm and steel staircase.
"I’m inspired by my travels and my Asian background but sometimes too, by something much closer to home," explains Colin.
"The wood came from a 150-year-old elm tree from Inverness, for example."
At Shiro House, the ground floor rooms flow into each other - the living room, for example, provides a generous entertaining space with an impressive stove and door leading onto the slated patio.
The unique angled fin wall subtly provides shadowing from the sitting room to the dining kitchen. The latter, as you might expect from a leading kitchen designer, is sumptuous, with high quality German furniture, Siemens appliances and lovely quartz and corian work surfaces.
Large, six-metre wide patio doors let natural light flood in.
"One of the biggest mistakes people make when designing a home is to do the overall design first and leave the kitchen almost as an afterthought," says Colin.
"Both should go hand in hand. Being able to work on this has been a real labour of love. I design things on bits of paper when they come in to my head."
He laughs: "I suspect I have taken more risks and been a bit braver with my own project than I would have with my clients. But it’s all about trust – we have built up a fantastic reputation, and won national awards, which is great for a small Edinburgh firm, but it is all because our clients trust us."
A utility room off the kitchen, shower room, cloakroom and home office complete the ground floor. Upstairs, there is a spacious master suite, a double bedroom with en-suite shower room with a stunning balcony, two further double bedrooms and a bathroom. Outside, an attractive walled rear garden is the perfect spot for relaxing or entertaining friends.
Cammo Grove is a quiet, upmarket area to the west of Edinburgh’s city centre. The village of Cramond and the River Almond are a short drive away, with the city centre around five miles east.
Barnton has excellent shops and wider retail opportunities are available at the Gyle shopping centre. It’s handy too, if you are an outdoor enthusiast with golf sailing and beautiful walks along the Firth of Forth within easy reach.
Colin believes Shiro House will appeal to a wide range of buyers. "Most of all, I think it will appeal to people who love to travel to positive places," he says. "People who love boutique hotels, who like eating great pizza in Milan or seafood in Spain, who love light and flow.
"People who realise it’s what you feel like in the space, not what it looks like, that is important."