We are still in a celebratory mood after winning the award for ‘Best Small Project’ at this year’s Dundee Institute of Architects Design Awards for our Easter Fernie School House renovation near Cupar. The schoolhouse ‘eco-renovation’ saw the refurbishment and improvement of an old schoolhouse into a new modern, environmentally friendly and ‘near-off grid’ home. The project presented us with many (mostly enjoyable) challenges along the way, and we are happy to say it was a great success.

img_6859We were also very pleased to find out that five of our other project submissions for the awards were shortlisted the same night.

The Shortlisted Projects

The other projects shortlisted included House at Markinch also in Best Small Project category which saw the renovation and extension of a dated fifties bungalow. Waterside Cottage in St Monans, shortlisted for Best Rehab/Rejuvenation category, involved the sensitive restoration and extension of a C listed wash house on the shores of St Monan’s. Cobblestones in Falkland, a B listed cottage renovation and extension in the heart of Falkland was also shortlisted in the Best Rehab/Rejuvenation category – this project included an oak frame extension with a green roof and the comprehensive renovation of the entire cottage, creating more light and greatly improved energy efficiency. We also had two projects shortlisted in the ‘On the Drawing Board’ category: Iron Mill Bay House – a new build house inspired by the derelict remains of an iron foundry, overlooking the Forth with an industrial meets rural design concept and The Doocot – the conversion of a former Doocot into a luxury one bedroom self catering house.

This marks a great achievement for our young practice and the end of a very busy year for the team. Of course none of this would be possible without our lovely clients so a big thank you to them too!

Near off grid house in Cupar

Easter Fernie Schoolhouse - DIA Design Award 2016 Winner!

Best Small Project (less £250K)