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Arts / Malcolmsons’ house to be featured on BBC homes programme

A HOUSE designed and owned by Shetland architects is to feature on BBC’s Scotland’s Home of the Year programme next week.

Grunnabreck in South Nesting, owned by Iain and Suzanne Malcolmson of Malcolmson Architects, is the only Shetland home – and the only new build – featured in the Northern Isles segment of the 10-part series, which also features two converted old houses in Orkney.

Iain said the couple were approached by the programme’s producers after they had been looking at the architects’ website, looking for examples of interesting homes, and the BBC producers had not realised it was the Malcolmsons’ own house – which is said to be the same dimensions as a Norse long house.

Iain said that the filming was done last October but with the subsequent coronavirus pandemic and the impact it had on the Malcolmsons’ lives, they had pretty much forgotten about it until the series started to air several weeks ago.

Iain described Grunnabreck as a “quite modest” home compared to some of the buildings featured in the series, which is hosted by architect Michael Angus, interior designer Anna Campell and lifestyle blogger Kate Spiers.

Grunnabreck will feature in Scotland’s Home of the Year 2020 on Wednesday 20 May.