We are delighted to announce that we have been appointed to develop the conversion of a former Doocot near Pittenweem in Fife. The project will seek to restore some of the traditional features of this amazing building while also converting it into a luxury, one bedroom house for self catering accommodation.
‘Doocots’ or ‘Dovecots’ lie scattered across many Scottish farmlands. These vernacular buildings were originally used to house pigeons and used to help provide households with a year round source of fresh meat and eggs. The droppings collected from the floor were also used as fertiliser, tanning leather and even making gunpowder!
Today, many of the Doocots lie derelict or disused so it’s great that we have the opportunity to convert one of these traditional Scottish buildings by giving it a new modern purpose and help bring it back into use while respecting its history and architecture.
Sometimes it’s good to pause, take a breath, look back at what has gone before and give yourself a mini retrospective. So for this post we are sharing with you a selection of projects we have worked on and which for one reason or another have yet to feature on our website.
Ever dream of a secluded neuk in the woods? Somewhere to escape and get back to nature – but in a luxurious not too basic kind of way? Us too! This treehouse was a concept design for a country estate wanting to diversify and provide unique holiday accommodation for their guests. A simple wooden clad cube sits on stilts creating additional sheltered living space underneath with a roomy hammock slung from the beams. A woodburner keeps things cosy in the cube with an internal ladder leading up to a cantilevered hot tub on the roof where you can bathe in the tree tops among the birds.
Fife Architects have just submitted planning applications for two new exciting projects one in Fife & the other in Perthshire.
The first of the two projects proposed is for an exciting transformation of a small traditional farm cottage near Ladybank. The proposals will see the cottage updated and extended to create a new renovated and contemporary family home. The new rear and side extension will have a mixture of render and natural slate with two new proposed masses of vertical cedar cladding to be juxtaposed over the existing cottage volume. The new kitchen, dinning space and guest bedrooms are located within the footprint of the existing farm cottage while upstairs the accommodation comprises a new master bedroom with luxury bathroom suite, a double bedroom and a comfortable sitting room with a large corner window to take full advantage of the fabulous surrounding views. A family and multimedia room is also proposed in the former attic space of the old farm cottage to cater for a growing family and compliment the rest of the spaces. read more…
What’s happening at Fife Architects?
Here is quick snapshot of our current workload and projects.
We currently have three jobs on site, the first is a conversion of a tenement flat in Glasgow. This project includes the complete redesign of both bathroom and kitchen. The new bathroom – a long narrow room – boasts a walk in shower with glass screen, a raised bath and Porcelanosa fittings. The kitchen has been reconfigured to connect with the main living space and features a generous L-shaped dining bar with aubergine coloured wall cupboards and sleek dark wood base units also from Porcelanosa.
Also, we are at phase 2 stage on a contemporary glass roof extension in Cellardyke. This follows on from the kitchen refurbishment in phase 1 (Image opposite). The new kitchen has a space enhancing glazed gable end flooding the room with light and providing views over the mature rear garden. The second phase of the build will also see the creation of a glass courtyard and bedroom with en-suite. read more…
We are delighted to say that our timber extension project ‘House by the Woods’ has been shortlisted for an RIAS award this year.
A total of 27 projects have been shortlisted for this year’s RIAS/RIBA Awards and the winners will be announced at a ceremony on the 18 June. The judging panel for this year includes Douglas Read PPRIAS, Marjorie Appleton FRIAS, Liz Davidson Hon FRIAS, Craig White RIBA and George Oldham RIBA RIAS, representing the Royal Institute of British Architects.
RIAS Secretary, Neil Baxter, said: ‘These awards bring together individual awards sponsored by the Scottish Government, Historic Scotland and Wood for Good/Forestry Commission Scotland and incorporate the RIBA Awards for Scotland.
‘Over the last three years these awards have become firmly established as the most significant recognition of the social and economic benefits delivered by excellent architecture.
We feel very proud to be considered among such great buildings, and look forward to the awards ceremony in June!
We are happy to announce that our pair of timber-clad extensions in the East Neuk have been featured as a case study in the recent ‘Building & Renovating’ supplement of Home & Interiors Scotland. We really enjoyed working on this one and feel lucky to have worked with a great client and dedicated construction team. Thanks to everyone involved!
We are excited to announce that a new edition of Intelligent Buildings edited by Prof. Derek Clements-Croome has now been published and includes a chapter written by Fermín Beltrán.
The chapter, which is the closing chapter in the book, is titled “Innovative Futures” and analyses the likely impact of innovation over the next few decades. It discusses the role of governments worldwide that have set very optimistic targets to be achieved up to 2050 and who seek to tackle, among other things, the threats of climate change, overpopulation, pollution and resource depletion in the hopes of shifting humanity towards a more sustainable future path. It focuses also on innovation in modern society and how it tends to ignore social problems in favour of market trends and profitability. There are exceptions to this, and in fact through history the biggest impact of innovation has come from simple ideas that address specific social troubles or needs.
The book is a practical reference for architecture and construction professionals, building owners and developers involved in procurement, design, management and operation of buildings, as well as students on architecture, engineering, building services, facilities management and other built environment courses. Intelligent Buildings is a comprehensive guide to the latest knowledge on the design, construction, management and technology of intelligent buildings and cities for sustainable developments that meet the needs of users now and in the future.
Fife Architects are excited to have submitted a planning application for a new build Passivhaus on the outskirts of Auchtermuchty, Fife. With a strong project team of committed client, planning consultant and agent Montgomery Forgan (Cupar) and lead consultants Fife Architects, we hope that Fife Council will support this unique project.
If you are unfamiliar with the Passivhaus (or Passive House) energy standard, you might be interested to know that designing and building to this standard allows new build’s to operate on a mere 10% of energy than that of a new build built to current regulations. This means energy usage and BILLS are extremely low. The Passivhaus (PH) standard can be applied to ALL building types, not only houses as the English translation suggests. Countries in Europe such as Germany (where the PH standard originates), Austria and Sweden have been building this way since the 1990’s and this building type continues to grow. There are several complete PH projects in Scotland, with more under construction in the industry.
If you are interested in PH design please call us for a discussion or click on these links for useful information;
Fife Architects have recently submitted proposals for a stable conversion and renovation of a category ‘C’ listed property in the Pittenweem conservation area.
The proposals are for various external and internal alterations that seek the full restoration and refurbishment of the property to create a modern luxury one bedroom loft apartment for private use. All alterations aim to address the conservation of the building’s architectural character and fabric as much as possible while introducing a number of modern additions that will allow the place to take advantage of natural daylight, increase storage and be totally modernised to be habitable and surpass current building standards in terms of energy efficiency. The proposals are currently pending planning approval but we expect to be on site later this year.
We are delighted and very excited to announce that come Winter 2013, Fife Architects will have a new home within the new Murray Studios, Anstruther!
Murray Studios is part of a new development project at the existing Murray Library, established in 1908, in Anstruther and has been driven by the Murray Library Trustees with large grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland, Fife Council and Fife Historic Building Trust. read more…