Imagine designing your own dream home in the country. For most it remains just a dream,
put off by the thought of securing a plot of land and managing architects, builders and spiralling costs.

That’s where we can help. Our new development at Lawfield Steading incorporates all the personality of a self-build house with none of the hassles. We’ve already done much of the hard work: we’ve identified plots for eight homes within the steading and created four different styles of traditional family home from which to choose. Locally sourced stone, timber and slate ensure your home fits perfectly into its new surroundings from the very start.

So how does it work? We’ve made it as easy as possible. First of all, you buy one of the plots of land. You then sit down with our architects and builders to decide on the house style you prefer. Now it’s the fun part where you work with our experts to design the interior layout which best suits your family’s needs. Our goal is to create your family home, not just for your lifestyle but for a lifetime. Once you’ve settled on a final plan, your price is fixed so no nasty surprises further down the line.

Building your dream country house this way is not only easy it is much quicker too given a lot of the planning work has already been attended to, your journey will be less stressful and W S Dunsire’s team of specialists are on call to help you every step of the way if you decide to proceed with the construction package.


Moving to the country usually involves some degree of compromise. The proximity of Dalkeith
to Edinburgh city centre makes it effortless to combine country living with a city lifestyle.

The area around Lawfield Steading is also becoming increasingly well connected. The new Borders Railway will have a stop at nearby Eskbank Station, ideal for commuting or family days out. Independent local stores and well-known supermarkets more than satisfy your day-to-day needs, while farm shops and country parks in the surrounding region add to the simple pleasures of rural life.

Dalkeith is very much an up-and-coming town with several developments and projects bringing fresh energy to the area. Buying a family home at Lawfield Steading will give you the choice of Dalkeith’s brand-new schools and academy, with prestigious Loretto School in nearby Musselburgh.

There’s also plenty to keep you active with country and regional parks, cycle paths, nature trails, visitor attractions and a host of outdoor pursuits right on your doorstep.


WS Dunsire & Sons is very much a family concern: each generation builds on the success of the last.
Where we build is just as important to us as what we build. That’s why we take time to find the best
location for your home, both in terms of its setting and its relation to the wider area.

Our development at Lawfield Steading will create eight new family home: one a refurbished granary and seven further new-build properties. Each new-build takes its architectural cue from the traditional construction of the granary to create a new community of homes.

Each property has accommodation over two floors. We've crafted hand-drawn plans of four house styles to complement the existing two-storey steading. These include contemporary touches such as large glazed screens for maximum light and picture views.

We will use reclaimed stone throughout at Lawfield Steading, as well as for connecting walls and entrance pillars. Natural slate roofs and timber batten finishes help the new homes fit seamlessly into their rural environment. Private gardens to the rear of each home have a backdrop of mature, established trees and wide open fields.

Pick My Steading

A selection of choice meets future proof designs for life


We take time to find the best location for your home.


We all have our own ways of doing things: how we organise our homes as much as our daily lives.
Some of us need a study; others require ground-floor space for a relative;
you may just like your kitchen set out a certain way.

Lawfield Steading will become part of our family’s legacy of quality homes. The four house designs sensitively mirror their rural setting alongside the existing granary we’re refurbishing. Contemporary, large, glazed windows frame the courtyard and surrounding greenery to bring the outside in.

The flexibility of buying a family home in Lawfield Steading allows you to build in elements to match how you actually live and work as a family. You can also incorporate possible future needs into your plans, such as space for an additional bathroom, for development at a later date.

We only work with the best so you will liaise with Kitchens International, one of the UK’s leading kitchen designer, to create your ideal space. We also only use the best materials. Bathrooms and fittings all carry top designer names, renowned for their quality and durability.

  • Plot Specification

    Planning permission • BioDisc drainage system beyond the house, with drains running to the plot • Surface water drainage and soakaway • Water supply • Electrical supply • Fencing • Double beech hedges • Top soil levelled to gardens ready for landscaper

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    All communal areas: roads, access, courtyard, lighting, cycle path

    All of the above also apply to the steading property: the building as it stands and the grounds surrounding the plot.

  • Exterior Spec

    Structural raft foundations • High efficiency, insulated timber kit construction • Mix of local stone and timber linings to reflect the location’s agricultural heritage • Windows, external doors and screens by renowned Danish manufacturer Rationel

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    Natural slate roof coverings by Cupa H3 • Lead flashings • Lindab aluminium gutters and downpipes • Gravel driveways • Indian stone pavings • External lighting to building

  • Kitchens

    Kitchens by Kitchens International, Leicht or Callerton • Silestone worktops • Glass splashbacks • All appliances by Siemens • Falcon wine cooler in all kitchens • Utility rooms by Kitchens International to complement kitchen

  • Bathrooms

    Generous allowance for all bathrooms for supply of sanitary ware and ceramic tiles • Underfloor heating

  • Fixtures

    Oak-framed, bound and lined internal doors with stainless steel hinges • Pocket doors by Eclisse Sliding Door Systems • Electronically operated garage doors by Hörmann RollMatic • Client’s choice of stove, including all works such as flues, hearths and surrounds • Large format timber finishes for paint finish • Oak stairs for carpet treads • Client’s choice of floorcovering combinations

  • and Fittings

    Brushed chrome electrical fittings to ground floor: white to upper floors • Spot downlighters fitted with LED bulbs throughout (feature light fittings not included) • TV aerial and TV points to client’s requirements • Security alarm • Hardwired smoke and fire alarms • Plaster finish to walls and ceilings • Internal and external decoration



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